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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas Nos. 3 and 29 / Bagatelles (Richter) (1975)

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas Nos. 3 and 29 / Bagatelles (Richter) (1975)

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2012

Originally recorded in 2012


Sviatoslav Richter



Royal Festival Hall, London

Record Label
ICA Classics




Total Time - 80:28
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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas Nos. 3 and 29 / Bagatelles (Richter) (1975)

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Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2, No. 3

1 I. Allegro con brio 10:35
2 II. Adagio 7:53
3 III. Scherzo: Allegro - Trio 3:28
4 IV. Allegro assai 4:57

6 Bagatelles, Op. 126

5 No. 1 in G major 3:18
6 No. 4 in B minor 3:18
7 No. 6 in E flat major 3:41

Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier"

8 I. Allegro 10:56
9 II. Scherzo: Assai vivace - Presto - Tempo I 3:01
10 III. Adagio sostenuto, appassionato e con molto sentimento 17:37
11 IV. Largo - Allegro risoluto 11:44
 Sviatoslav Richter Soloist

The Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter (1915 –1997) was one of the greatest interpreters of the 20th century, along with his compatriots Emil Gilels, David Oistrakh and Mstislav Rostropovich. As Richard Osborne says of Richter’s playing in his booklet note, “Bravura technique matched to high intelligence and a richly developed musical imagination is a rare combination of qualities in any instrumentalist.” Richter’s live recitals catch him at his very best compared to the confines of the studio. This 1975 recital in London was considered a landmark, one of the greatest that Richter gave in this country.

 "...The extraordinary playing is crystalline, robust and foreceful..."

Alan Becker - American Record Guide - March/April 2013

"This magical and magnificent recital finds Sviatoslav Richter (1915-97) at his very greatest, as honest and as unflinching as Beethoven’s music itself... The stereo sound, although a little fierce, is thoughtfully re-mastered to retain brightness and presence (the hiss is easily ignored), and allows Richter’s opening-out of the music to be blessedly truthful and dynamic as well as very much with us in the listening room."
Colin Anderson - - 15 Decmber 2012

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