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#563721 - 11/18/08 05:36 PM Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin Etudes
William A.P.M. Offline
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From a recital in London 1989.

These performances are not always easy to catch because the titles are not sufficiently evident of their content. Sviatoslav Richter is in my sole opinion one of the greatest interpreters of Chopin. He always had something individual to say and his interpretations speak for themselves. Enjoy these beauties!


Chopin Etude opus 10 no. 1

Chopin Etude opus 10 no. 2

Chopin Etude opus 10 no. 3

Chopin Etude opus 10 no. 4

Chopin Etude opus 10 no. 6

Chopin Etude opus 10 no. 10

Chopin Etude opus 10 no. 11

Chopin Etude opus 10 no. 12

Chopin Etude opus 25 no. 5

Chopin Etude opus 25 no. 6

Chopin Etude opus 25 no. 8

Chopin Etude opus 25 no. 11

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These are real interesting videos. I believe his interpretations are extraordinary and such renditions are seldom heard today, in my opinion.

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#563722 - 11/18/08 06:00 PM Re: Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin Etudes
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I thought his Etude Op.19,#3 was fascinating and beautiful. He has major tempo changes in different sections but I thought they were very effective.

Also, in the notorious section in sixths he starts loud and gets softer which is the opposite of the way I think most pianists play it(and maybe even the opposite of the way it is marked)but it makes perfect sense at least to me.

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#563723 - 11/18/08 10:30 PM Re: Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin Etudes
William A.P.M. Offline
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His 'Winter Wind' etude rendition was unbelievable. His opus 10 no. 2 was breath-taking as well. I never really see concert pianists play that one in recitals. I wonder why? =)

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#563724 - 11/18/08 11:25 PM Re: Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin Etudes
signa Offline
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it's actually the first time i see his playing any Chopin etudes other than op.10.4. thanks for posting the links!

i thought his op.10.2 RH is fantastic, but somehow i don't like that staccato and too loud LH.

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#563725 - 11/19/08 12:27 AM Re: Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin Etudes
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 Quote:
Originally posted by William Penafiel:
His 'Winter Wind' etude rendition was unbelievable. His opus 10 no. 2 was breath-taking as well. I never really see concert pianists play that one in recitals. I wonder why? =) [/b]
Plenty of them play it in competitions.
My guess would be it's really short, not completely musically pleasing (compared to the others), so it doesn't make the cut.

His Op25 No11 is great \:D

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#563726 - 11/19/08 12:44 AM Re: Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin Etudes
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Remarkable achievement, especially considering his age. Who else at a comparable age has performed these etudes publicly? Neither Horowitz or Rubinstein could have done this, nor Gilels. Ashkenazy has virtually given up piano playing. Richter was saying "I'm still king of the hill, and at 74!"

His performances are filled with his trademark bravura technique and controlled athleticism. These aren't necessarily poetic performances, but they certainly have sweep and direction (with the exception of 10/3 which is marred with inconsistent tempos). 25/5 is exceptional for the fluency of his thirds, and his control of the arpeggios in 10/11 is astounding given the speed he uses for this etude. He has that classic Neuhaus technique of playing close to the keys with elevated hand position, curved fingers most of the time, and a deep reach into the keys for tone when necessary - sort of the opposite of Horowitz.

This was not an artist going calmly into old age.

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#563727 - 11/19/08 01:08 AM Re: Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin Etudes
William A.P.M. Offline
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^ You are absolutely right regarding your last sentence. I found it deeply saddening to find out that he died rather in depression after realizing he could not perform anymore, due to old age. It was the end of him. He had been touring with Scriabin's White Mass sonata at the age of 79. I find his interpretations to be completely meaningful and intelligent. He was an amazing pianist!

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#563728 - 11/19/08 02:20 AM Re: Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin Etudes
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Thanks for posting those. Quite incredible especially at 74 has Numerian pointed out.

Even at any age, still very distinctive interpretations. Did he ever record all the Etudes like Pollini, Perahia or Ashkenazy? I would like to get a copy of that.
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#563729 - 11/19/08 07:40 AM Re: Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin Etudes
Euan Morrison Offline
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I think on his DVD, he says that he thought that concert went quite well. But that when he listened back, he wasn't happy with the result.

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#563730 - 11/19/08 08:03 AM Re: Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin Etudes
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Great stuff. Richter was awesome, and these interpretations are highly original. He allows Op. 10 Nr. 1 to sound so much more musical than many artists, who rifle through it and make it sound merely 'impressive.'

Op. 10 Nr. 3 is a bit faster than what I'm used to, but the voicing and rubato are wonderful. I also like the reverse take on the con bravura section, slowing up at the end of it rather than getting faster comme d'habitude.

Thankyou for sharing these. In my book he also plays a mean Appassionata and Wanderer Fantasy.
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#563731 - 11/19/08 09:09 AM Re: Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin Etudes
bossie Offline
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If I recalled, Maurizio Pollini plays Op 10 Nr 3 similar like him.

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#563732 - 11/19/08 10:23 AM Re: Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin Etudes
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Dave Ferris:
Did he ever record all the Etudes like Pollini, Perahia or Ashkenazy? I would like to get a copy of that.
If Richter did, I can guarantee you it would be in my collection! (And Ashkenazy and Perahia would be out.)

Thanks, William, for posting those YouTube videos. Richter was truly one of the greatest of the greatest.
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#563733 - 11/19/08 04:40 PM Re: Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin Etudes
William A.P.M. Offline
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^ I am glad you have enjoyed them. I had to post them because we have very little video recordings of the Greats playing some Chopin etudes well. It was his Opus 10 no. 2 that made me go WOW! =) He really approached it differently.

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#563734 - 11/19/08 05:29 PM Re: Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin Etudes
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Amazing ... thanks William!

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#563735 - 11/19/08 06:28 PM Re: Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin Etudes
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I love Richter, but I can't second the favorable comments his 10/2 has received from previous posters. Judged by the (astronomical) standards Richter set with many performances, this is not a performance that stands out. It's a bit on the clumsy side for my taste.
P.S. Nevertheless, it's fantastic to have these live performances on Youtube!
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#563736 - 11/19/08 06:44 PM Re: Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin Etudes
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I have to agree with pianovirus. Richter for me is a figure like Horowitz in that no one can dispute his phenomenal abilities, but that I am often put off by his interpretations or even approach to piano sound in general (but then, de gustibus non disputandum). I do agree that these performances should not be measured against what he was in his prime.

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#563737 - 11/19/08 08:17 PM Re: Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin Etudes
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Opus 10/3 is my favorite Etude right now, and his rendition is beautiful. He changes tempo a lot which numerian didn't like, but I personally thought he played it beautifully.
Richter is fantastic.
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#563738 - 11/20/08 01:24 AM Re: Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin Etudes
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Tobias-

You're Bach playing on the French Suites is beautiful on your My Space page...really enjoyed it!
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#563739 - 11/20/08 04:39 AM Re: Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin Etudes
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Thanks very much, Dave! Just took the liberty to send you a friend invite, I also enjoyed hearing you playing your own compositions.
Ok, but now back to the real guy - Sviastoslav. \:\)
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