Sviatoslav Richter - Grieg: Piano Concerto; Schumann: Piano Concerto; Papillons

Sviatoslav Richter - Grieg: Piano Concerto; Schumann: Piano Concerto; Papillons
Artist: Sviatoslav Richter
Duration: 01:13:43
Release Date: 2003
Album: Grieg: Piano Concerto; Schumann: Piano Concerto; Papillons
Styles: Concerto
Genre: Classical

While there have been perhaps hundreds of recordings of the Grieg piano concerto, nearly as many of Schumann's concerto, and dozens of recordings of Schumann's Papillons, there have never been better performances of any of the works on this disc than these by Sviatoslav Richter. His combination of strength and delicacy, of force and tenderness in the Grieg concerto has never been equaled.

From the crashing chords of the opening through to the ethereal melodic heights of the close, Richter not only makes the piece sound like the best piece Grieg ever wrote, he makes it sound like a better piece than Grieg ever wrote. And his Schumann concerto is even better: powerful and whimsical, dramatic and epic, strong-willed and soft-hearted, it is ideal Schumann playing. Lovro von Matacic is a muscular and sympathetic accompanist, and the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra plays more than adequately if less than splendidly. The live recording of Schumann's Papillons is exquisitely beautiful and warmly poetic.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
I. Allegro molto moderatoSviatoslav Richter12:41
II. Adagio -Sviatoslav Richter6:10
III. Allegro moderato molto e marcatoSviatoslav Richter9:58
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
I. Allegro affettuoso - Andante espressivo - Allegro moltoSviatoslav Richter14:40
II. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)Sviatoslav Richter5:06
III. Allegro vivaceSviatoslav Richter10:30
Papillons (Butterflies) for piano, Op. 2Sviatoslav Richter14:38

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