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The Sofia Recital 1958: Chopin, Liszt, Mussorgsky, Schubert

Sviatoslav Richter

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A Wonderful New Release of a Great Classic!

I first heard this album in 1959 and was truly amazed. While I had heard Pictures at an Exhibition before - I had never heard it played like this. Richter was one of the first wave of artists to have his work released in the west after 'de-Stalinization' started in 1956. His rendition was so very much different than that of his western contemporaries that it seemed revolutionary. Actually, it was taking us back to the roots of this truly Russian piece. This should be a part of everyone's classical library.

This Album Defines "Masterpiece"

If you can only own one copy of "Pictures at an Exhibition", this is the one to have. Richter's performance deminstrates the piano's ability to present Mussorgsky's vision in its purest form. Add the other pieces on this album and you have a collection that will inspire and enthrall you.


Born: March 20, 1915 in Zhitomir, Russia

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Having learned the fundamentals of music from his father, Sviatoslav Teofilovich Richter taught himself the piano and had already given public concerts before entering the Moscow Conservatory in 1937. While still a student, Richter won first prize at the All-Union Contest of Performers of 1945. His playing earned him considerable renown,...
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The Sofia Recital 1958: Chopin, Liszt, Mussorgsky, Schubert, Sviatoslav Richter
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Jan 22, 2001

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