BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 3, Bagatelles op. 126 Nos. 1, 4 & 6, Piano Sonata No. 29 Hammerklavier. Sviatoslav Richter. ICA Classics

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  • Richter Sviatoslav Beethoven Piano Sonata 29 Op 106 Ica Classics

SVIATOSLAV RICHTER

BEETHOVEN

Piano Sonata No.3 op.2 no.3

Beethoven: Bagatelles op.126 nos. 1, 4 & 6

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.29 op.106 ‘Hammerklavier’

ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, 18 JUNE 1975

The Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter (1915–1997) was one of the greatest interpreters of the 20th century, along with his compatriots Emil Gilels, David Oistrakh and Mstislav Rostropovich.

As Richard Osborne says of Richter’s playing in his booklet note, “Bravura technique matched to high intelligence and a richly developed musical imagination is a rare combination of qualities in any instrumentalist.”

Richter made his debut in the West in 1960 with Beethoven’s Piano Sonata op.2 no.3 at a recital in New York. Beethoven’s ‘Hammerklavier’ Sonata was one of the main features of Richter’s programming

in the summer of 1975 in Prague, London and Aldeburgh, the latter performed one week prior to London and recorded on BBC Legends.

Richter’s live recitals catch him at his very best compared to the confines of the studio. The 1975 recital in London was considered a landmark, one of the greatest that Richter gave in this country.

Richard Osborne has written in the booklet notes, “As Richter’s performance vividly attests, the ‘Hammerklavier’ is from first note to last a work of extraordinary lucidity and clear-sightedness.”

The Beethoven Piano Sonata No.3 op.2 no.3 and the three Bagatelles op.126, which formed the other works played in all the 1975 concerts, attest to Richter’s great understanding of Beethoven.

This is the first time that this London recital has been issued commercially on CD in an authorised version and it is remastered here in excellent stereo.

ICA’s Richter discography includes ICAC 5004 where Richter plays Haydn, Weber, Schumann, Chopin and Debussy at the Royal Festival Hall in 1967. “Richter is at the height of his powers.” (Richard Osborne)

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Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.29 – II Scherzo: Assai vivace

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