180g Audiophile Vinyl Cut from the Original Analogue EMI Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!
Gramophone critic Bryce Morrison described Richter as follows:
"Idiosyncratic, plain-speaking, heroic, reserved, lyrical, virtuosic and perhaps
above all, profoundly enigmatic, Sviatoslav Richter remains one of the greatest
recreative artists of all time." Richter, largely self-taught, was an
eccentric genius who often performed in darkened halls so the public were not
distracted by any of his mannerisms: "...I don't play for the audience, I
play for myself, and if I derive any satisfaction from it, then the audience,
too, is content." He disliked recording and many of his recordings are live
but once engaged, took the process very seriously and teamed with Maazel and the
Paris Orchestra, these 1969 studio sessions for EMI were magic. Curiously, he
never recorded Brahm’s first piano concerto.
Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with
the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted
Studer A80 tape deck with additional ‘advance’ playback head, making the cut a
totally analogue process.
In the original October 1970 review Trevor Harvey of the GRAMOPHONE wrote:
“This is a magnificent performance. As sheer piano playing, for a start –
however much you may think other aspects of the work matter more, you can hardly
help enjoying the extraordinary range of the pianism, for there is scarcely a
passage that doesn’t bring new delights... There is everything here; the power,
the darting delicacy and, above all, the most beautifully expressive soft
playing... I have a list as long as my arm of splendid things about this
performance, from Maazel as well as from Richter. And not least is the piano
tone, which is superbly caught in every way from brilliance to the most lovely
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Sviatoslav Richter, piano
Albert Tetard, cello
Orchestre de Paris
Lorin Maazel, conductor
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Piano Concerto No.2 in B Flat, op.83
1. Band 1. 1st Movement: Allegro non troppo
2. Band 2. 2nd Movement: Allegro appassionato
1. Band 1. 3rd Movement: Andante (cello solo)
2. Band 2. 4th Movement: Allegretto grazioso
Recorded on 24-28 October 1969 at the Salle Wagram, Paris. Produced by
Christfried Bickenbach and Eric Macleod and Engineered by Allan Stagg.