When Sviatoslav Richter Played Carnegie Hall

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

This week, host David Dubal continues with his tribute to the life and music of the great great Soviet pianist Sviatoslav Richter, who would have turned 100 this year. Born in Ukraine, Richter was virtually self-taught on the piano until he attended the Moscow Conservatory at the age of 22.

Throughout his career, he astonished audiences and became one of the key figures in the piano world. He furthered his name during the Cold War and in 1960, he made several legendary Carnegie Hall recitals to sold-out houses.

Program playlist:

Robert Schumann: Aufschwung
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
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Maurice Ravel: Jeux d'eau
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
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Frederic Chopin: Etude in C, Op. 10/1
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
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Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude in F-sharp Minor, Op. 23/1
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 15: 3.-Rondo. Allegro Scherzando
Sviatoslav Richter, piano; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Charles Munch, conductor
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Sergei Prokofiev: Gavotte, Op. 95/2
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
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Claude Debussy: Clair de Lune
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
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Alexander Scriabin: Sonata No. 5 in F Sharp , Op. 53
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
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Frederic Chopin: Etude in E Major, Op. 10/3 "Tristesse"
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
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Below: A raw clip of Sviatoslav Richter in Carnegie Hall playing Beethoven's "Appassionata," sonata, third movement.

Comments [2]

Lorna Salzman from Brooklyn NY

Please brush up on your French pronunciation. La plus que lent: lent is not pronounced like the period preceding Easter. It is pronounced lahnt.
And I believe when you have an s before a q, you pronounce the s...
so it would sound like pluska. La pluska lahnt.

LS

Mar. 13 2016 10:57 PM
Jon Marks from Brooklyn

I was there. Richter performed the Beethoven cycle at Carnegie Hall in 1961 or 1962, but there is no record of his having played there after 1960. It was one of the great musical moments of my life.

Jun. 21 2015 11:14 PM

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