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Richter in Leipzig: Recital Nov 28 1963
Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin
Richter in Leipzig: Recital Nov 28 1963
Genre: Classical
 
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Richter's 1963 Gewandhaus recital finds the great pianist in volatile form in the last three Beethoven sonatas. He plunges into the faster movements with a recklessless that causes his legendary technique to jump the ra...  more »

     
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All Artists: Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Richter
Title: Richter in Leipzig: Recital Nov 28 1963
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Label: Music & Arts Program
Original Release Date: 1/1/1963
Re-Release Date: 7/21/1998
Genre: Classical
Styles: Forms & Genres, Sonatas, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830), Modern, 20th, & 21st Century, Romantic (c.1820-1910), Instruments, Keyboard, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 017685102523

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Richter's 1963 Gewandhaus recital finds the great pianist in volatile form in the last three Beethoven sonatas. He plunges into the faster movements with a recklessless that causes his legendary technique to jump the rails here and there. Fortunately Richter regains his concentration and sense of proportion in time for the sublime variation movements of Op. 109 and Op. 111, ornamented with inhuman trills! If Richter's hard-driven Brahms G Minor Ballade (Op. 188/3) gets too loud too soon, the Intermezzos in E Flat Minor (Op. 118/8) and C Major (Op. 119/3) sing forth with supple ease. Aside from flutter, occasional drop-outs, and a missing first note in Chopin's F Major nocturne, the mono sound is excellent. --Jed Distler

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Another one of Richter's unforgettable recordings
gerard.moris | C E L L E S (HOUYET) Belgium | 05/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This version of beethoven's three sonatas in one concert outshines any other one . Richter is so concentrated in his thoughts that he leads me right through the entire recording whenever I put the cd on.The Brahms pieces are to be equally remembered too. Richter's Brahms is totally different from other interpretation which are perhaps more popular but not as thrilling.Anyone buying this record will certainly regret not having bought it earlier..."
Richter at his best
gerard.moris | 04/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I cannot put into words how impressed I am with this recording. Beethoven only got better with age, and--although it is hard to improve on the Appassionata or Hammerklavier--these last three sonatas are as good as anything he created. They are not very much alike, except that they begin with something simple and progress up and up and up until they reach a sort of transcendence. Richter's interpretations are very powerful. I have recordings of the same works by Schnabel and Pollini -- Pollini's version is a bit colorless when contrasted with this recording; Schnabel's is the reference edition, but Richter compares to it favorably. The works by Brahms and Chopin are as well-played as the sonatas; sound quality is excellent. The price seems a bit high, but this is worth it. (The perfect supplement to this CD is a Praga disk with Richter's performances of Beethoven's sonatas 27, 28, and 29.)"