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Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Bach: Piano Concertos

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D flat major, Op. 10
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052
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Notes & Reviews:

In 1950 Prague was the destination of the first-ever foreign trip of the then 35-year-old Russian genius pianist Sviatoslav Richter. The recordings on this CD were made at the Rudolfinum within two weeks at the end of May and the beginning of June 1954. Richter is accompanied by the two finest Czech orchestras, conducted by two true legends - Václav Talich (nearing the end of his career) and Karel Ancerl (at the beginning of his tenure in the post of principal conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra). Within such a short time, Richter had mastered Tchaikovsky's impassioned concerto in B minor, Prokofiev's purely Neo-classical concerto in D flat major, as well as Bach's paramount Baroque and timeless first piano concerto. The fact that the Russian composers Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev found an ideal interpreter in perhaps the greatest legend among 20th-century pianists appears entirely logical. Yet the superb and sensitive performance of Bach's piano (originally harpsichord) concerto serves to complete the picture of Richter's genius and versatility. These qualities are showcased in Supraphon's new, sensitively re-mastered version of these legendary recordings.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Rudolfinum, Prague.



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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Conductor: Karel Ancerl
  • Notes: Rudolfinum, Prague (06/04/1954-06/05/1954)
  • Running Time: 33 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1874

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 1 in D flat major, Op. 10
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Conductor: Karel Ancerl
  • Running Time: 13 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1911-1912

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Conductor: Vaclav Talich
  • Running Time: 24 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738