Sviatoslav Richter At 100

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sviatoslav Richter at the piano in 1971. Sviatoslav Richter at the piano in 1971. (Jochen Blume / Getty Images)

The great Soviet pianist Sviatoslav Richter would have been 100 years old this year. He was one of the 20th century’s great masters of piano playing and a restless and enigmatic person. While his granite-like stage presence appeared almost authoritarian, he also maintained a level of experimentation and his audiences never knew what to expect.

By the time Richter came to the U.S. it was 1960 and his North American tour was one of the great performing events of the era. Host David Dubal will explore Richter at 100 in three episodes, selecting music from the recently published collection of live and studio recordings for RCA and Columbia on Sony Classical. 

Program playlist:

Ludwig Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1 III. Rondo. Allegro comodo
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
Sony

Claude Debussy: L'Isle joyeuse, L. 106
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
Sony

Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 82 - IV. Vivace
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
Sony

Ludwig Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor: III. Allegro, ma non troppo - Presto
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
Sony

Josef Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 60 in C Major, Hob.XVI50 - III. Allegro molt
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
Sony

Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83 II. Allegro appassionato
Sviatoslav Richter, piano; Erich Leisdorf, conductor; Chicago Symphony Orchestra
SonySergei Rachmaninoff: Prélude in B-flat minor Op. 32 No. 2
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
Sony

Robert Schumann: Novelletten, Op. 21 - No. 1 in F Major
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
Sony

Frederic Chopin: Étude in C minor Op. 10 No. 12
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
Sony

Comments [4]

Nina

Thank you, thank you, Mr. Dubai! I am so grateful to you for my favorite pianist Sviatoslav Rihter! That was he, who made me to feel and to love classical music! I was lucky to listen to Sviatoslav Rihter live in concerts - twice! - back in Ukraine. First time, when I was just high school student and never listen to classical music ever before. And his performance made me fun of classical music forever.
Until now, I was wondering why you never talk about him , but now you do!
Thank you again,
Sincerely,
Nina

Jun. 16 2015 01:37 PM
Dan O'Connell from Rome, Italy

Isn't that John Malkovich?

Jun. 14 2015 12:21 PM
Andrew

Why are the broadcast times never displayed on these posts?

Jun. 14 2015 03:13 AM
Susie Mee

I enjoy these programs very much, but I do wish you would include the

Jun. 12 2015 01:44 PM

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