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Sviatoslav Richter: 1975 Royal Festival Hall Concerto / Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 3 & 29; Bagatelles op 126 Nos. 1, 4 & 6

Audio Samples

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in G major, Op. 126/1
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in B minor, Op. 126/4
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in E flat major, Op. 126/6
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in G major, Op. 126/1
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in B minor, Op. 126/4
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in E flat major, Op. 126/6
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
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Notes & Reviews:

Sviatoslav Richter was one of the greatest interpreters of the 20th century. Beethoven's 'Hammerklavier' Sonata was one of the main features of Richter's programming in the summer of 1975 in Prague, London and Aldeburgh. This is the first time that this London recital has been issued commercially on CD in an authorized version and it is remastered here in excellent stereo.

The Guardian, November 2012
This CD, taken from the BBC's recording of the concert, conveys the electricity of the occasion and the power of Richter's playing more vividly than anyone might have dared hope. Richter's musical presence and the sharply focused energy of his playing course through every bar of the all-Beethoven programme.

Auiophile Audition
Richter makes nice work of the fugal presentation of the Scherzo, particularly as the second section allows him... to display his legato arpeggios in glorious colors.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
This program was recorded on June 18, 1975 at Royal Festival Hall. The stereo sound is very good and, while any Richter performance is a worthy listening experience, there is greater satisfaction when the sound quality comes closest to matching the performance. His performance sounds in bold relief with clear textures and sforzati lending an effectively brusque manner. The extraordinary playing is crystalline, robust, and forceful.

The Independent, 24th November 2012
Right from the start of the "Piano Sonata No 3 in C major", there's a great declamatory authority about his delivery...before tackling the Piano Sonata No 29 in B flat major like a mountaineer scaling an imposing range of peaks. Particularly impressive is the long third movement Adagio, like rain falling softly on the soul.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2013
This is an astounding disc. It contains some of the greatest piano playing I have ever heard, and the most profound interpretation of what is, for me, Beethoven's greatest piano work, the Hammerklavier Sonata...any musical soul will be grateful for this issue of this historical recital.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2013
The quietly knotty contrapuntal sequences in the first movement of the Hammerklavier boast shimmering transparency.

MusicWeb International, 6th May 2013
The ICA recital opens with a magisterial, commanding, textually aerated but often powerfully conceived performance of Op. 2 No. 3, possibly the greatest Richter gave of this work...There's refined limpidity in the first of the Op.126 Bagatelles and corresponding fire and energy in the Fourth.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Royal Festival Hall, London (06/18/1975).



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Works Details

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 3 in C major, Op. 2 no 3
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1794-95.
  • Running Time: 26 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1794-1795

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in G major, Op. 126/1
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1823

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in B minor, Op. 126/4
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1823

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in E flat major, Op. 126/6
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1823

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 "Hammerklavier"
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1817-1818