Richter – Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.5 – Piano Sonata No.8 – DG

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The main works on this disc provide a challenging Prokofiev double bill from his master-interpreter. In the fascinating Fifth Piano Concerto, Richter flies through the air with the greatest of ease, supported by the rainbow-coloured safety net of his colleagues; listen several times and, to paraphrase the composer, the outline of a real face – intelligent, wise and witty – will emerge. The heartbreaking Eighth Sonata merits this magisterial performance, charting the work’s painful privacy with poised concern. The bass still isn’t ideally vivid; but it remains my own choice of desert-island piano recording.

— David Nice, BBC Music Magazine

1. Concerto for Piano no 5 in G major, Op. 55 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Conductor: Witold Rowicki
Orchestra/Ensemble: Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1931-1932; Paris, France
Date of Recording: 09/1958
Venue: Philharmonie, Warsaw, Poland
Length: 22 Minutes 42 Secs.
2. Sonata for Piano no 8 in B flat major, Op. 84 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939-1944; USSR
Date of Recording: 01/1961
Venue: Wembley Town Hall, London, England
Length: 29 Minutes 48 Secs.
3. Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 3, Allegretto by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915-1917; Russia
Date of Recording: 11/1962
Venue: Live Italy
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs.
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with nos. 6 & 9 from Sergei
Prokofiev’s “Vision fugitives, Op. 22”.
4. Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 6, Con eleganza by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915-1917; Russia
Date of Recording: 11/1962
Venue: Live Italy
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with nos. 3 & 9 from Sergei
Prokofiev’s “Vision fugitives, Op. 22”.
5. Visions fugitives (20) for Piano, Op. 22: no 9, Allegretto tranquillo by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1915-1917; Russia
Date of Recording: 11/1962
Venue: Live Italy
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with nos. 3 & 6 from Sergei Prokofiev’s “Vision fugitives, Op. 22”.

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