Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1; Piano Sonatas Nos. 22 & 23 'Appassionata'

Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1; Piano Sonatas Nos. 22 & 23 'Appassionata'

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"Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 ; Piano Sonatas Nos. 22 & 23 'Appassionata'." Sviatoslav Richter; Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Munch. Notes by Richard Freed in English, German, and French. Concerto no. 1 (21:41); Sonata in F Major, Opus 54 (11:40); Sonata in F Minor, "Appassionata," Opus 57 (23:40). ©2004 (but all three worb were originally recorded in 1960). RCA Red Seal BMG Classic 82876-59421-2. $10.99. Rating: ****

Richter (1915-1997) was one of the finest pianists of the last century if not of all time. His performances and recordings were noted for his beautiful and varied tone, his ability to project the drama within works, the elegance of his voicing, the meticulous balance between treble and bass registers, and his sense of architecture. Thus, it is most welcomed that BMG Classics has reissued his recordings of these three works for such a reasonable price. This CD would make a perfect holiday gift for a Beethoven beginner.

For some queer reason, BMG decided to supply no information whatsoever on the original dates of the recordings and their original issues. Fortunately, a gold mine on the legal and illegal recordings may be found either at Paul Geflfen's discography (http://www.trovar.com/ str/) or at Ates Tanins "Recorded Richter" (http://www.doremi.com/ sr.html). The concerto was recorded on November 2-3, 1960 and issued in 1961 on RCA UAILSC 2544; Opus 54 on November 29-30, 1960, and also on RCA 2544; Opus 57 was also recorded on November 29-30 but appeared in 1961 on RCA LM/LSC 2545. …

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