Richter’s Beethoven

Sviatoslav Richter:

  • Live at Carnegie Hall

As y’all know, I get so energized and thrilled by young performers who will carry on the classical music tradition. I write about these performers often.

And yes– I go back to the performers of the past from time to time, as a tribute and as a reminder of their contribution to music, even though they are no longer here. One such amazing performer is Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter.

On this CD, Mr. Richter performs the following:


  • Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 No. 3
  • Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14 No. 1
  • Piano Sonata No. 12 in A flat major, Op. 26 ‘March Funebre’
  • Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54

Performed by Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

In 1960, Richter gave a series of memorable concerts at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan, which were recorded by Columbia Records. This CD presents an all Beethoven program, taken from those concerts, which displays Richter’s amazing credentials and which captures the sheer excitement that the concert series provoked at the time.

Here is a video of Mr. Richter, performing the Beethoven sonata number 19, in G-Minor:



And next, here is the sonata number 1, Op. 2:



Tags: Beethoven, Sonatas, Sviatoslav Richter

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