Richter at home, ca.1957

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Richter at home, ca.1957

Post by Rach3 » Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:42 pm

From the YT poster March,2018 :

“ This very rare home recording has been circulating among collectors, finally available for all. Not released commercially in any format.

Private rehearsals at home C. 1957

1 Liszt: Scherzo and March
2 Liszt: Polonaise No. 2 in E
3 Schubert: Sonata No. 13 in A, D. 664, Op. 120 [3rdmovement]
4 Schubert: Sonata No. 14 in a minor, D. 784, Op. 143 [3rd movement]

5 Bach: Weichet nur betrubte Schatten, BWV 202
Bach: Drum sucht auch Amor sein Vergnugen, BWV 202
Bach: Phobeus eilt mit schnellen Pherden, BWV 202
with Nina Dorliac."


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fFmqBzostA ( 48 minutes )

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Re: Richter at home, ca.1957

Post by John F » Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:49 pm

Extraordinary. He actually outdoes Rachmaninoff in the polonaise. Except for the false start in the Schubert, these don't sound like "rehearsals" but fully realized performances. On what occasion?
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Re: Richter at home, ca.1957

Post by Lance » Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:35 pm

Very interesting to hear Richter "at home." The sound is distant and the piano is out of tune here and there, but rest assured, Richter sells, and someone will eventually make these pieces available on CD.
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Re: Richter at home, ca.1957

Post by maestrob » Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:28 am

John F wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:49 pm
Extraordinary. He actually outdoes Rachmaninoff in the polonaise. Except for the false start in the Schubert, these don't sound like "rehearsals" but fully realized performances. On what occasion?
What you said, John & Lance. Richter's greatness shines through the murk and the mis-tuned piano. Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Richter at home, ca.1957

Post by John F » Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:59 pm

Most likely Richter (or whoever) wouldn't have started the tape recording unless he intended to give a full performance. Why else? It would be great to know more of the back story of these recordings.
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Re: Richter at home, ca.1957

Post by Lance » Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:37 pm

Well, singers, pianists, and most instrumentalists I know like to tape pre-performance sessions to see how they "come across." I'm certain, for example, that legendary Horowitz had his practice sessions recorded in the event something had to be patched up after the live performance. One thing for sure about those Richter home sessions, he was in top form! His technique as exceedingly secure. I'm sure Richter knew that many of his live recitals were being recorded by those who shouldn't have done it, and consequently, recordings were released, probably some without his knowledge. I wonder what he thought about that. Maybe he didn't care. If anything it brought a special collectors' status to his art.
John F wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:59 pm
Most likely Richter (or whoever) wouldn't have started the tape recording unless he intended to give a full performance. Why else? It would be great to know more of the back story of these recordings.
Lance G. Hill
Editor-in-Chief
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When she started to play, Mr. Steinway came down and personally
rubbed his name off the piano. [Speaking about pianist &*$#@+#]

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