Audio Beat Rated 4/5 Music, 4.5/5 Sound!
Any pianist who tackles Franz Liszt’s great works must possess outstanding
skills in many areas. Technical prowess is absolutely necessary to play the
extremely difficult score, as is immense physical energy in order to compete
with the hefty onslaughts from the orchestra. But a great awareness of the
unusual conceptual forms, refined energy and passion are also required to make
the keyboard sing. At the beginning of the Sixties Sviatoslav Richter seemed to
possess all these attributes in an ideal equilibrium. With youthful energy he
catapulted powerful chords against the First Concerto’s defiant theme in the
orchestra, offering resistance only to join in later with the lyrical maelstrom
of the orchestra. In the Second Concerto Richter exchanges heroic brilliance for
an elegiac air, then becomes capricious with graceful arpeggios and a lyrical,
firm melodiousness that fires the course of the work. In the Finale these twists
and turns come together to form an emphatic single strand of spirited theme,
brilliant cadenza and blustering orchestra.
The impressive sound was captured by the highly dedicated Mercury recording
"The sound is equally well balanced. The orchestra is arrayed behind Richter, and his piano sounds nothing short of tonally and dynamically realistic. The strings are at once serene and silky smooth, then jagged and harsh. The recording team captured it all beautifully, and the quiet pressing allows it to develop." - John Crossett, www.theaudiobeat.com, 4/5 Music, 4.5/5 Sound!
• 180g Vinyl
• High Quality Pressing
• Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering
Sviatoslav Richter, piano
Kyril Kondrashin, conductor
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
1. Concerto No. 1 in E Flat Major
2. Concerto No. 2 in A Major
Recorded July 1961 at Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, by C.R. Fine.