New book on pianist Sviatoslav Richter

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Re: New book on pianist Sviatoslav Richter

Post by MarkC » Thu May 20, 2010 12:01 am

(Richter book, Richter book............)

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Re: New book on pianist Sviatoslav Richter

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MarkC wrote:(Richter book, Richter book............)
It's really good, you should get it...i'm finding it most interesting...
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Re: New book on pianist Sviatoslav Richter

Post by Chalkperson » Thu May 20, 2010 2:48 am

"Sviatoslav Richter strides out on the stage"
by Allen Wheelis

Psychologist
("How People Change", 1975)

Sviatoslav Richter strides out on the stage. His face is grim; there is anger in the set of his jaw, but not at the audience. This is a passion altogether his own, a force with which he protects what he is about to do. If it had words, it would say, "What I attempt is important and I go about it with utmost seriousness. I intend to create beauty and meaning, and everything everywhere threatens this endeavor: The coughs, the late-comers, the chatting women in the third row, and always those dangers within, distraction, confusion, loss of memory, weakness of hand, all are enemies of my endeavor. I call up this passion to oppose them, to protect my purpose." Now he begins to play, and the anger I see in his bearing I hear in the voice of Beethoven. It knows nothing of meanness or spite; it is the passion of the doer who will not let his work be swept aside. It hurts no one, it asserts life, it is the force that generates form.

From "Diversions and animadversions: essays from The New Criterion"‎ - Pagina 172, by Alexander Coleman, Roger Kimball - 2005. Quoted in David Dubal's "The Art of the Piano".
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Re: New book on pianist Sviatoslav Richter

Post by Chalkperson » Thu May 20, 2010 2:51 am

This is an hour long Program, it's a Russian Documentary about Richter made in 1968...the Subtitles are in Japanese, but, the pianism is incredible...

http://video.google.it/videoplay?docid= ... XPBg&hl=it#
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