Sviatoslav Richter, piano
Recorded in Royal Festival Hall, London, 8 July 1961
The great Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter has been a regular feature of the BBC Legends's catalogue since 1998 with twelve recordings released.
This early recital from the Royal Festival Hall in July 1961 was recorded when Richter was a rare visitor to the UK - a few days later, he played the Chopin/Debussy recital (BBCL 4021-2) followed a week later by the Liszt Concertos (BBCL 4031-2) as well as the Dvorak Piano concerto (to be issued).
All the works appearing in this recital have been recorded by Richter at various points during his career but the broadcast of 8th July 1961 has never been issued before and was a 'gala' event in London at the time.
Richter is a proven seller on BBC Legends and as Richter did not like recording in studio conditions, his BBC broadcasts bring out the very best of his artistry.
“…Haydn's mischief is captured with a silken magic and dexterity peculiarly Richter's own, and who else could characterise so acutely the stylised oddity of Prokofiev's Visions fugitives? No performance in my experience has touched Richter's way with the Second Sonata, its self-consciously prickly utterance resolved in a near-classical transparency.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2009