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Svjatoslav Richter
Piano Recital 1994
Grieg • Franck • Ravel
1 CD | | Nr. SWR19409CD
CD 1: » Edvard Grieg: Gratitude op. 62 No. 2 – Allegro semplice
» Edvard Grieg: Scherzo No. 34 e minor op. 54 No. 5 – Prestissimo leggiero - Più tranquillo - Tempo I
» Edvard Grieg: Puck op. 71 No. 3 – Allegro molto
» Edvard Grieg: Mondnacht op. 71 No. 4 – Lento
» César Franck: Prélude, Chorale et Fugue b minor FWV 21
» Maurice Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
» Maurice Ravel: Miroirs

Re-release of an SWR Classic Bestseller (93.712) Original SWR tapes remastered. Piano recital at the Schwetzingen Festival on May 15th 1994. Richter's Miroirs is rarely available on CD Richter's other Schwetzingen programme of Gershwin and Saint-Saëns (re-released as SWR19407CD) has already become a cult album.

While there is no disputing Richter's extraordinary technique, what set his interpretations apart was his ability to immerse himself completely into the music he performed, allowing the purity of the composer's original vision to dominate his musical choices. Richter himself said: "The interpreter is really an executor, carrying out the composer's intentions to the letter. He doesn't add anything that isn't already in the work. If he is talented, he allows us to glimpse the essence of the work that is in itself a thing of genius and that is reflected through him. He shouldn't dominate the music, but should dissolve into it."

This extraordinary approach is on full display in this programme. Collectors have long regarded Richter's performances of Grieg's Lyric Pieces as definitive, while his Ravel emphasises the inherent neo-classical structure underlying the virtuosic display.

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