Richter in Warsaw (1972): The Scriabin Recital / Sviatoslav Richter, piano

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>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 11
>     no 2 in A minor
>     no 3 in G
>     no 5 in D
>     no 9 in E
>     no 10 in C sharp minor
>     no 11 in B
>     no 12 in G sharp minor
>     no 15 in D flat
>     no 16 in B flat
>     no 17 in A flat
>     no 18 in F
>     no 24 in D minor
>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 13
>     no 1 in C
>     no 4 in E minor
>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (4) for piano, Op. 37
>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 39
>     no 3 in G
>     no 4 in A flat
>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano, Op. 59/2
>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 74
>     no 1
>     no 3
>     no 4
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 2 in G sharp minor, Op. 19 "Sonata fantasy"
>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes, Op. 42
>     no 2 in F sharp minor
>     no 3 in F sharp
>     no 4 in F sharp
>     no 5 in C sharp minor
>     no 6 in D flat
>     no 8 in E flat
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 9 in F major, Op. 68 "Black Mass"
>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 52

Album Summary

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 11
>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 13
>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (4) for piano, Op. 37
>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 39
>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano, Op. 59/2
>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 74
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 2 in G sharp minor, Op. 19 "Sonata fantasy"
>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes, Op. 42
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53
>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 9 in F major, Op. 68 "Black Mass"
>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 52
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Notes & Reviews:

In 1972, Sviatoslav Richter chose to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Scriabin by performing an all-Scriabin program in three locations. These concerts, while not quite unique, were very uncommon events in Richter's career. He did not often give concerts devoted to a single composer. Although he played Scriabin's music throughout his career, concerts devoted entirely to that composer were very scarce; he performed them in public only in 1945, 1957, and in 1972.

The music of Scriabin was ideal for Richter's qualities as a pianist. In this recording, we hear Richter's singing and varied tone, his extraordinary technical facility, and his extremely wide range of dynamics and expression. The recital, offered complete, is fortunately preserved in fine, clear mono sound.

This recording has been previously issued but has never had good accessibility to international audiences. Its original Italian edition was not widely distributed; a reissue was suppressed quickly after publication. It has not been available in any form for well over a decade. Parnassus is pleased to continue its devotion to Richter's art by making this splendid disc available again.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
The recorded sound is good here. Richter is about as good here as I have ever heard him. The repertoire is inventive and well balanced. By choosing 24 Preludes from 6 different sets he shows Scriabin's complete range of melodic and especially harmonic styles. The early Op. 11 set of 24 Preludes is modeled on Chopin's set and contains some absolutely beautiful miniatures. He also plays them in chronological order, so you can get a sense of the growth and evolution in Scriabin's style. The composer's second piano sonata was a favorite of Rachmaninoff's and is also good example of the early Chopin-influenced style. Sonata 5 (also played by Rachmaninoff) is the first single-movement sonata and the first to use Scriabin's mystical chord of superimposed fourths. In Sonata 9, Black Mass, Richter comes very close to the intensity I have always admired in Sofronitsky's recording. Add in a small group of Etudes and an encore of a Poem and you've got a wonderful recital, played just about as well as you'll ever hear Richter play. It is very nice to see this recording available again.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Warsaw (10/27/1972).



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Works Details

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 11 :: no 2 in A minor
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 11 :: no 3 in G
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 11 :: no 5 in D
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 11 :: no 9 in E
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 11 :: no 10 in C sharp minor
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 11 :: no 11 in B
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 11 :: no 12 in G sharp minor
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 11 :: no 15 in D flat
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 11 :: no 16 in B flat
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 11 :: no 17 in A flat
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 11 :: no 18 in F
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 11 :: no 24 in D minor
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888-1896

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 13 :: no 1 in C
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 13 :: no 4 in E minor
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes (4) for piano, Op. 37
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 39 :: no 3 in G
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 39 :: no 4 in A flat
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Scriabin, Alexander : Prelude for piano, Op. 59/2
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 74 :: no 1
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 74 :: no 3
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Scriabin, Alexander : Preludes, Op. 74 :: no 4
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 2 in G sharp minor, Op. 19 "Sonata fantasy"
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892-1897

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes, Op. 42 :: no 2 in F sharp minor
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes, Op. 42 :: no 3 in F sharp
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes, Op. 42 :: no 4 in F sharp
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes, Op. 42 :: no 5 in C sharp minor
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes, Op. 42 :: no 6 in D flat
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Scriabin, Alexander : Etudes, Op. 42 :: no 8 in E flat
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907

>Scriabin, Alexander : Sonata for Piano no 9 in F major, Op. 68 "Black Mass"
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912-1913

>Scriabin, Alexander : Pieces (3) for Piano, Op. 52
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907