Sviatoslav Richter - World's Greatest Piano Concertos... Tchaikovsky/Rachmaninoff/Schumann/Mozart/Bach
Records are VG++
Box Cover is VG+ corner split and general wear
Tchaikovsky - Concerto for Piano no. 1 in b flat, opus 23
with Mravinsky, Leningrad Philharmonic (24 July 1958)
Tchaikovsky - Concerto for Piano no. 1 in b flat ( conclusion)
Rachmaninof - Concerto for Piano no. 2 in c minor, opus 18 with Sanderling, Leningrad Philharmonic (Leningrad, 18 Feb 1959)
Rachmaninof - Concerto for Piano no. 2 in c minor, opus 18 with Sanderling, Leningrad Philharmonic (Leningrad, 18 Feb 1959) (Conclusion)
Schumann - Concerto for Piano in a, opus 54 ◦with Gauk, Moscow Radio (Moscow, 1954) [ 1948 ? ]
Mozart - Concerto for Piano no. 20 in d, K 466 - Wislocki, Warsaw Philharmonic (25 - 26 April 1959) ( mislabeled labeled as Sanderling)
Bach - Concerto for Piano No. 1 in d, BWV 1052 with Sanderling, USSR State Symphony (Moscow, 22 Apr 1955
It was Rachmaninov who seduced me into classical music. It was my first hearing of Richter's earlier version that hooked me forever on both Rachmaninov and classical music
Richter's Piano Concerto #2
...I don't find Richter's version sentimental, perhaps darkly romantic, but rather a stirring and stimulating encounter.
I remember lying in bed as a young man and listening to this concerto (Richter's earlier version) and being totally absorbed and distant from all else. My musical taste is eclectic but if I had to choose only one type of music, it would be classical music, and that would be largely due to Rachmaninov and Richter. This piece breathes with an emotional intelligence unafraid to go over the edge, and then some. So far, Richter's interpretations remain at the top of the chart in interpretation and execution.
The Rachmaninov is quite simply the most moving, the most exciting, and the most beautiful performance ever recorded. Richter's pianism in the slow movement is fabulous, and the Finale (taken at a cracking pace) makes others seem dull by comparison.
Richter.. .for Schumann nobody else is better..
Richter and Schumann is one.... Gilels did say that Richter was the best. He told it in an interview when the critics heard him in the west. he said wait till you ll hear Richter...