Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin.
After a pause of a few months, I listened again today to the amazing pianist, Sviatoslav Richter.
I was stunned! I heard him play some Chopin Etudes the way I had never heard them performed before. What fire this man had! And what courage to play this music according to the way he felt it.
On this recording we hear him perform the following works:
- Études (12), Op. 10
- Ballades Nos. 1-4
- Études (12), Op. 25
- Two Nocturnes Op. 62
- Nocturne No. 19 in E minor, Op. 72 No. 1
- Polonaise No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61 ‘Polonaise-fantaisie‘
Performed by Sviatoslav Richter (piano)
I like this program because of its variety, opposed to the pianist performing only Nocturnes, or solely Mazurkas.
BBC Music Magazine, February 2013 wrote the following:
“Here is Richter at his most godlike, taking the breath away with his astonishing tempos and also with his utterly original take on pieces that could be worn thin by over-familiarity, notably the Ballades.”
Here is the Richter plays Chopin – Étude Op. 10, No. 4 in C-sharp minor (1989 – live):
And next, here he is performing the Chopin – Etude Op 10, No. 12:
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