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|Antonin Dvorak, Franz Schubert, Carlos [conductor] Kleiber|
Dvorak: Piano Concerto; Schubert: 'Wanderer' Fantasy / Richter, Kleiber
These recordings show diverse aspects of the great pianist's approach. In the concerto, frequently played for its virtuoso effects, Richter emphasizes the gentler, lyrical aspects of the music, although there is plenty of ... more »
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These recordings show diverse aspects of the great pianist's approach. In the concerto, frequently played for its virtuoso effects, Richter emphasizes the gentler, lyrical aspects of the music, although there is plenty of power when it's required. The unusually assertive orchestral support under Kleiber is a strong asset. Richter's Schubert was usually very gentle, but here he seizes on the outgoing aspects of the music and plays more aggressively than usual--although there is no lack of song when it's required. Neither performance is "definitive"; both leave plenty of room for other approaches. But both are so engrossing that, as they play, one can't imagine another interpretation. There was room for more music on this disc, but what's here is choice. --Leslie Gerber
THIS TIME THE HYPE HAS A POINT
DAVID BRYSON | Glossop Derbyshire England | 03/31/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The rather undiscriminating enthusiasm that greets everything Richter did actually does him a disservice I believe. He was a complex personality and a complex artist. His active repertory was large, for which I am as grateful as other folk because whether he was at his best or at his most perverse we can always rely on Richter for a thinking artist's approach to whatever he chose to record. In the last resort there are not all that many pieces I would rather hear played by him than by anybody else, and when I would it's sometimes because I have hardly ever heard them done by anybody else, like this Dvorak concerto. Anyway this has to be a fine performance by any rational assessment. I have heard it said that the piano part seems to be written for a player with two right hands. These days my own piano technique is more suggestive of two left feet, so I have not tried to verify the claim. It's not a work I return to very often, but there is no mistaking the care and affection that has gone into the way Richter handles it, and he certainly persuades me that it deserves better than the critical superciliousness that it is often treated to. The Wanderer Fantasy is another proposition entirely, a truly great and profoundly original piece of music. Here I am happy to agree that we find Richter at his best and that in a work of major stature. This is a big-toned Richter, although you will hear the familiar self-communing pianissimo in the variations. His approach is basically straightforward, like Pollini's, only with far greater warmth and humanity about it. This time there is nobody I would actually prefer to Richter, but the performance that seems to me fully the equal of his is from the 20-year-old Kissin, who also has the benefit of more up-to-date sound. Kissin gives a more romantic account of the first section with more give and take in the tempo. After that it's all a matter of details when one tries to compare them. To appreciate Richter at his true greatest, as in say Schumann's C major Fantasy or the Britten concerto or some of his Chopin and much of his Debussy or on this disc I suggest that we need to think more critically about things like his travesty, albeit a thoughtful one, of the Appassionata and ask ourselves whether there are not really a number of different Richters. I think that his final greatness really lies in his profound humanity not in some supposed demigod status. Anyway I am only too happy to join in recommending this disc."
Lyrical Side to Richter in Dvorak and a fine Schubert too
John Kwok | New York, NY USA | 08/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The legendary pianist Sviatoslav Richter offers one of the most compelling, lyrical performances of Dvorak's piano concerto in this excellent recording with Carlos Kleiber leading the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. This concerto is a precursor to the great "symphonic" concertos composed by Brahms for the piano. Both the orchestra and Richter give warm, vibrant performances of the score. But here Richter also emphasizes the lyrical qualities of Dvorak's music, playing with much passion and empathy. Richter's performance of Schubert's "Wanderer" fantasy may not please everyone, since this is among the most dramatic, indeed fiery, performances I've heard. But it is such a compelling performance, that it deserves to be heard by those interested in a more poetic interpretation. The sound quality for the Dvorak piano concerto is fine; but less so for the Schubert fantasy. Still this is a CD I strongly recommend to those interested in the careers of Richter and Kleiber."
Excellent music and excellent performance
caspi | Israel | 04/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD offers you a brilliant performance of Dvorak's Piano Concerto, which is rarely played and recorded. You will not find here some virtuoso material, and generally the orchestra does not just support the soloist, but plays the equal role with him. The music is great, it's very close to Dvorak's symphonies (e.g. I find a parallel between the opening theme of the 1-st movement and the opening theme of the 7-th symphony), it's easily memorable and touching. Richter and Kleiber give an outstanding interpretation, very deep and reach, full of warmth and emotion.Concerning "Wanderer" - Who can say he does not love Schubert ? :-) In Richter's interpretation the second movement is the best and it's something magical, all the other parts are a little bit aggressive to my point of view and you hear very well the legs work in the pedalling. Still the performance is excellent and besides that it is flawless.The sound of the disk could be better, but considering the recording date it's ok."