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Sviatoslav Richter - Sergey Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Preludes (2012)

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Sviatoslav Richter - Sergey Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Preludes (2012)

Sviatoslav Richter (piano) - Sergey Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Preludes (2012)
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, USSR Radio-TV State Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Kurt Sanderling

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 368 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 201 Mb | Scans included
Classical | Label: Praga Digitals | # PRD/DSD 350 056 | Time: 01:15:39

In celebration of their twentieth anniversary, this essential release from Praga focuses on the artistry of the great Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter. In an all-Rachmaninov program, Richter is heard in the first two Piano Concertos accompanied by the great conductor Kurt Sanderling in live performances recorded in the 50s - well before he began touring internationally. Praga's hybrid SACD pairs remastered monophonic recordings of the concertos with four of Richter's favorite Preludes recorded in stereo during his first tour of North America in 1960. Praga has employed the best of today's cutting-edge restoration techniques to present these important historical recordings in all their original glory.

Sviatoslav Richter - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8 & 23; 8 Bagatelles; Choral Fantasy, Op.80 (2003) [Re-Up]

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Sviatoslav Richter - Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8 & 23; 8 Bagatelles; Choral Fantasy, Op.80 (2003) [Re-Up]

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8 & 23; 8 Bagatelles; Choral Fantasy, Op.80 (2003)
Sviatoslav Richter, piano; All-Union Radio Large Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kurt Sanderling
USSR State Russian Chorus, Artistic Director Alexander Sveshnikov

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 304 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 193 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 10 00732 | Time: 01:19:37

This live Appassionata, from a Moscow recital of 1959, is one of the most thrilling piano performances ever recorded. Sviatoslav Richter fills every moment of the first movement with intense drama, creates the illusion of total repose in the central variations, and then takes off in the finale with an exhibition of musical virtuosity and ever-increasing tension that becomes almost unbearably intense (and unbelievably fast and accurate). The studio Pathétique is quite fine, and the Fantasy (sung in Russian!) well performed by all but still rather quaint in its effect. But don't miss that Appassionata!

Sviatoslav Richter - J.S. Bach: English Suite No. 3; Piano Concerto BWV 1052; Concerto for 2 Pianos BWV 1061 (2003) [Re-Up]

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Sviatoslav Richter - J.S. Bach: English Suite No. 3; Piano Concerto BWV 1052; Concerto for 2 Pianos BWV 1061 (2003) [Re-Up]

J.S. Bach: English Suite No. 3; Piano Concerto BWV 1052; Concerto for 2 Pianos BWV 1061 (2003)
Sviatoslav Richter, piano; Anatoly Vedernikov, piano (BWV 1061)
USSR State Symphony Orchestra, conductor Kurt Sanderling
Moscow Chamber Orchestra, conductor Rudolf Barshai

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 249 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:01:33
Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 10 00731

From the irresitably forceful opening bars of the English Suite's prelude to the throbbing repeated octaves of the D minor concerto, Richter shows why many of Bach's works are ideally suited to the piano. The Bach concerto is often regarded as a student piece, or relegated to refined performances on the harpsichord. Not here – the bookend movements are as maniacal, pulsing and driving as the best of John Coltrane or Prokofiev. The CD is worth it just for those movements, but Richter's treatment of the English Suite is equally enlightening, especially the Prelude and Gavotte.