Jun 09

Sviatoslav Richter Plays Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Ravel – Live at Carnegie Hall, December 26, 1960, Part I (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:02:02 minutes | 589 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | ©  RCA Records
Recorded: Carnegie Hall, December 26, 1960

A sturdy box set of 18 CDs in cardboard sleeves with original cover art, this 2015 Sony collection of Sviatoslav Richter’s Columbia Masterworks and RCA Victor recordings is a valuable resource for admirers of the great Russian pianist. Prevented from leaving the Soviet Union in the 1950s, despite his growing international reputation, Richter finally came to the United States in 1960 for a marathon series of concerts. These recordings were drawn from his five dynamic performances at Carnegie Hall, a recital at the Mosque Theatre in Newark, and appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Erich Leinsdorf, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Charles Münch. Also included with these landmark performances are two studio albums Richter made for RCA, and a special 1988 live recording he made with Christoph Eschenbach and the Orchestra of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Because most of these recordings have only been issued as original vinyl pressings that have been unavailable for decades, this set is an essential item for collectors of Richter’s rarities. –Review by Blair Sanderson

Tracklist:

1 Applause 0:17

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Piano Sonata in C major Hob. XVI: 50
2 I Allegro 9:04
3 II Adagio 6:03
4 III Allegro molto 2:29

Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
5 Scherzo No. 4 in E major op. 54 – Presto 10:56
6 Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major op. 47 – Allegretto 7:09

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873–1943)
7 Prélude in F-sharp minor op. 23/1 – Largo 3:53
8 Prélude in A major op. 32/9 – Allegro moderato 2:25
9 Prélude in B minor op. 32/10 – Lento 5:28
10 Prélude in G-sharp minor op. 32/12 – Allegro 2:09

Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
11 Jeux d’eau – Très doux 4:11
12 La Vallée des cloches (Miroirs No. 5) – Très lent 6:11

Personnel:
Sviatoslav Richter, piano

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Jun 09

Sviatoslav Richter Plays Prokofiev – Live at Carnegie Hall, December 26, 1960, Part II (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:36:47 minutes | 355 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | ©  RCA Records
Recorded: Carnegie Hall, December 26, 1960

Tracklist:
1 Applause 0:17
Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
Piano Sonata No. 6 op. 82
2 I Allegro moderato 8:34
3 II Allegretto 3:47
4 III Tempo di valzer lentissimo 6:58
5 IV Vivace 6:14
Visions fugitives op. 22
6 No. 3: Allegretto 1:15
7 No. 4: Animato 0:51
8 No. 5: Molto giocoso 0:17
9 No. 6: Con eleganza 0:23
10 No. 8: Comodo 1:31
11 No. 9: Allegretto tranquillo 0:52
12 No. 11: Con vivacità 0:54
13 No. 14: Feroce 0:53
14 No. 15: Inquieto 0:34
15 No. 18: Con una dolce lentezza 2:01

Personnel:
Sviatoslav Richter, piano

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Jun 09

Sviatoslav Richter Plays Haydn, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Ravel – Live at Mosque Theatre, December 28, 1960, Part I (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:03:38 minutes | 1,15 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | ©  RCA Records
Recorded: Mosque Theatre, December 28, 1960

A sturdy box set of 18 CDs in cardboard sleeves with original cover art, this 2015 Sony collection of Sviatoslav Richter’s Columbia Masterworks and RCA Victor recordings is a valuable resource for admirers of the great Russian pianist. Prevented from leaving the Soviet Union in the 1950s, despite his growing international reputation, Richter finally came to the United States in 1960 for a marathon series of concerts. These recordings were drawn from his five dynamic performances at Carnegie Hall, a recital at the Mosque Theatre in Newark, and appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Erich Leinsdorf, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Charles Münch. Also included with these landmark performances are two studio albums Richter made for RCA, and a special 1988 live recording he made with Christoph Eschenbach and the Orchestra of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Because most of these recordings have only been issued as original vinyl pressings that have been unavailable for decades, this set is an essential item for collectors of Richter’s rarities. –Review by Blair Sanderson

Tracklist:

1 Applause 0:21

Joseph Haydn 1732–1809
Piano Sonata in C major Hob. XVI: 50
2 I Allegro 9:08
3 II Adagio 6:08
4 III Allegro molto 2:48

Frédéric Chopin 1810–1849
5 Scherzo No. 4 in E major op. 54 – Presto 11:23
6 Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major op. 47 – Allegretto 7:39

Sergei Rachmaninoff 1873–1943
7 Prélude in F-sharp minor op. 23/1 – Largo 4:02
8 Prélude in A major op. 32/9 2:23
9 Prélude in B minor op. 32/10 – Lento 5:22
10 Prélude in G-sharp minor op. 32/12 – Allegro 2:38

Maurice Ravel 1875–1937
11 Jeux d’eau 4:40
12 La Vallée des cloches (Miroirs No. 5) 7:11

Personnel:
Sviatoslav Richter, piano

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Jun 09

Sviatoslav Richter Plays Prokofiev, Debussy and Chopin – Live at Mosque Theatre, December 28, 1960, Part II (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 00:41:22 minutes | 778 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | ©  RCA Records
Recorded: Mosque Theatre, December 28, 1960

Tracklist:

1 Applause 0:13

Sergei Prokofiev 1891–1953
Piano Sonata No. 6 op. 82
2 I Allegro moderato 8:45
3 II Allegretto 3:46
4 III Tempo di valzer lentissimo 6:47
5 IV Vivace 6:35
6 Applause 0:12
7 3 Pieces from Cinderella: Gavotte op. 95/2 – Allegretto 2:37
8 Vision fugitive No. 4: Animato (op. 22) 1:21

Claude Debussy 1862–1918
9 Les Collines d’Anacapri (Préludes I/5) – Très modéré 3:06

Frédéric Chopin 1810–1849
10 Étude in A-flat major op. 10/10 – Vivace assai 2:12
11 Étude in C minor op. 10/12 “Revolutionary” 2:53
12 Mazurka in C major op. 24/2 – Allegro non troppo 3:01

Personnel:
Sviatoslav Richter, piano

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Jun 09

Sviatoslav Richter Live at Carnegie Hall, October 19, 1960 – All Beethoven Program (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:48:31 minutes | 0,98 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | ©  Columbia Records
Recorded: Carnegie Hall, October 19, 1960

Sony Classcial celebrates the art of Sviatoslav Richter (1995-1997) – one of the 20th century’s greatest pianists – with the first-ever release of his complete Columbia Masterworks and RCA Victor live and studio recordings in an 18 CD original jacket edition, underneath Richter’s legendary five October 1960 Carnegie Hall recitals.
Richter was already a legend in his native Soviet Union when he concertized in the West for the first time in 1960. Richter’s American tour that year not only consolidated the pianist’s international reputation, but also resulted the memorable recordings gathered together in this collection.

Richter’s five October 1960 Carnegie Hall recitals showcased the breadth of his repertoire from Haydn and Beethoven to Debussy and Rachmaninoff, with one program completely devoted to Prokofiev, a composer with whom Richter worked closely. Indeed, Richter’s success inspired Arthur Rubinstein’s ten-concert Carnegie Hall marathon the following season. The series yielded nine LPs, including two that only were released in Japan. Long treasured as rare collectors’ items, they appear here for the first time on CD mastered from the original analogue tapes.

Along with the December 26th Carnegie Hall recital brought out by RCA in 2001 as Richter reDiscovered, Richter’s December 28th Newark Mosque Theater recital receives its first integral release. The pianist’s 1960 RCA studio solo and concerto sessions, too, are justly acclaimed, and feature highly distinctive accounts of Brahms’s Second Concerto, Beethoven’s First Concerto, and three Beethoven sonatas.
Two RCA discs from 1988 concerts return to the catalog, revealing the veteran pianist’s undiminished power and concentration in Brahms’ early C major Piano Sonata, selections by Liszt, Etudes from Chopin’s Op. 10, plus a new recording of the Beethoven First Concerto. As a bonus, three Schubert works released in a 1977 Aldeburgh Festival anthology make their CD debut.

A sturdy box set of 18 CDs in cardboard sleeves with original cover art, this 2015 Sony collection of Sviatoslav Richter’s Columbia Masterworks and RCA Victor recordings is a valuable resource for admirers of the great Russian pianist. Prevented from leaving the Soviet Union in the 1950s, despite his growing international reputation, Richter finally came to the United States in 1960 for a marathon series of concerts. These recordings were drawn from his five dynamic performances at Carnegie Hall, a recital at the Mosque Theatre in Newark, and appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Erich Leinsdorf, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Charles Münch. Also included with these landmark performances are two studio albums Richter made for RCA, and a special 1988 live recording he made with Christoph Eschenbach and the Orchestra of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Because most of these recordings have only been issued as original vinyl pressings that have been unavailable for decades, this set is an essential item for collectors of Richter’s rarities. –Review by Blair Sanderson

Tracklist:

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major op. 2/3
1 I Allegro con brio 9:49
2 II Adagio 7:27
3 III Scherzo. Allegro – Trio 3:14
4 IV Allegro assai 4:38
Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major op. 14/1
5 I Allegro 6:21
6 II Allegretto 6:16
7 III Rondo. Allegro comodo 3:06
Piano Sonata No. 12 in A-flat major op. 26 “Funeral March”
8 I Andante con Variazioni 6:36
9 II Scherzo. Allegro molto – Trio 2:45
10 III Marcia funebre sulla morte d’un Eroe. Maestoso Andante 5:42
11 IV Allegro 2:48
Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major op. 54
12 I In tempo d’un Menuetto 5:47
13 II Allegretto – Più allegro 5:14
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor op. 57 “Appassionata”
14 I Allegro assai – Più allegro 9:52
15 II Andante con moto – attacca 5:54
16 III Allegro, ma non troppo – Presto 7:34
Encores

Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
17 Impromptu in A-flat major D 899 – Allegretto 7:35

Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
18 Aufschwung op. 12/2 (Fantasiestücke) 3:03

Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
19 Étude in C major op. 10/1 – Allegro 2:16
20 Étude in C minor op. 10/12 “Revolutionary” – Allegro con fuoco 2:49

Personnel:
Sviatoslav Richter, piano

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Jun 09

Sviatoslav Richter Live at Carnegie Hall, October 23, 1960 – All Prokofiev Program (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:20:31 minutes | 751 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | ©  Columbia Records
Recorded: Carnegie Hall, October 23, 1960

Tracklist:
Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
3 Pieces for Piano op. 59
1 No. 3 Sonatine Pastorale in C major – Moderato 5:09
2 No. 2 Paysage – Allegretto – Moderato – Allegretto 3:11
3 Pensée No. 3 op. 62/3 – Andante 6:33
Piano Sonata No. 6 op. 82
4 I Allegro moderato 8:31
5 II Allegretto 3:56
6 III Tempo di valzer lentissimo 6:50
7 IV Vivace 6:40
Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat major op. 84
1 I Andante dolce – Allegro moderato – Andante – Andante dolce, come prima – Allegro 16:16
2 II Andante sognando 3:50
3 III Vivace – Allegro ben marcato – Andantino – Vivace, come prima 9:38
Encore
Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat major op. 84
4 III Vivace – Allegro ben marcato – Andantino – Vivace, come prima 10:01

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Jun 09

Sviatoslav Richter at Carnegie Hall, New York City, December 23, 1960 – A Beethoven Recital (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:46:13 minutes | 2,13 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Sony Music
Recorded: Carnegie Hall, New York City, December 23, 1960

GREAT MOMENTS AT CARNEGIE HALL :: Ever since its opening night in May 1891 Carnegie Hall has held sway as the undisputed shrine of classical music in America. It was and remains the essential venue for all great artists. To celebrate Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary Sony Classical in cooperation with Carnegie Hall is proud to present an extraordinary new 43-CD box set of treasures from the RCA and Columbia archives featuring live recordings from many of the world’s greatest musicians. This unique deluxe edition contains a complete previously unreleased piano recital by Sviatoslav Richter and is accompanied by a 104-pages coffee table book which contains notes by Carnegie Hall archivist Gino Francesconi as well as many facsimile documents and photographs.

This recorded chronicle of eight decades spotlights many of the artists who enjoyed historically close ties to Carnegie Hall: Kathleen Battle, Lazar Berman, Leonard Bernstein, Jussi Björling, Jorge Bolet, Van Cliburn, Vladimir Feltsman, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Renée Fleming, Virgil Fox, Glenn Gould, Marilyn Horne, Vladimir Horowitz, Evgeny Kissin Serge Koussevitzky, James Levine, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Yehudi Menuhin, Midori, Leontyne Price, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Arthur Rubinstein, Rudolf Serkin, Isaac Stern, Arturo Toscanini, Jennie Tourel, Ronald Turini, Shirley Verrett, Arcadi Volodos, Bruno Walter and many more.

Tracklist:
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Disc#1
Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Major, Op. 2
1 I. Allegro con brio 00:10:03
2 II. Adagio 00:08:09
3 III. Scherzo – Allegro 00:03:18
4 IV. Allegro assai 00:05:02
Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1
5 I. Allegro 00:06:45
6 II. Allegretto 00:06:37
7 III. Rondo – Allegro comodo 00:03:08
Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2
8 I. Allegro 00:05:14
9 II. Andante 00:04:21
10 III. Scherzo – Allegro assai 00:03:34

Disc#2
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2
1 I. Largo – Allegro 00:08:54
2 II. Adagio 00:07:15
3 III. Allegretto 00:09:57
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”
4 I. Allegro assai 00:10:09
5 II. Andante con moto (attaca) 00:06:09
6 III. Allegro ma non troppo 00:07:38

Personnel:
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Jun 09

Sviatoslav Richter Plays Schumann, Chopin & Ravel – Live at Carnegie Hall, October 30, 1960 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:12:53 minutes | 658 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | ©  Columbia Records
Recorded: Carnegie Hall, October 30, 1960

Tracklist:

Robert Schumann (1810–1856)

Fantasia in C major op. 17
1 I Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen – Im Legendenton – Tempo primo 13:54
2 II Mäßig. Durchaus energisch – Etwas langsamer – Viel bewegter 6:35
3 III Langsam getragen – Durchweg leise zu halten – Etwas bewegter 11:12

Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
4 Scherzo No. 4 in E major op. 54 – Presto 11:41

Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
5 Pavane pour une infante défunte – Assez doux, mais d’une sonorité large 7:38
6 Jeux d’eau – Très doux 4:52
7 Oiseaux tristes (Miroirs No. 2) – Très lent 3:54

Alexander Scriabin (1872–1915)
8 Sonata No. 5 in F-sharp major op. 53 10:20
Encore

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873–1943)
9 Prélude in G-sharp minor op. 32/12 2:53

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