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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 7, 12, 23 'Appassionata' / Richter

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 7 in D, Op. 10 no 3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
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Notes & Reviews:

The Russian Masters archive series brings another gem from Sviatoslav Richter’s abundant Prague legacy. This recording of the three Beethoven sonatas was made at Rudolfinum on 1 November, 1959 within a single evening. He plays the exposed passages at a seemingly haphazard rapid tempo, without keeping anything in reserve. The performance is passionate in a ravishing manner. Perhaps it would be apt to paraphrase one of Beethoven’s statements: There are a great many pianists, but only one Sviatoslav Richter.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Rudolfinum, Prague (11/01/1959).



Reviews

The unsurpassed master at the keyboard
To discover these pivotal 1959 recordings of Sviatoslav Richter, especially that of the Appassionata, has been a long-awaited delight. His technical mastery and uncanny touch of the keys, commanded by a unique intuiting and interpretation of the score, creates a reality that the listener's heart is compelled to follow without missing a beat to the final note. Breathtaking!
Submitted on 06/24/11 by BMax 
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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 7 in D, Op. 10 no 3
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797-1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 "Funeral March"
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1800-1801

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 23 in F minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1804-1805