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Piano Sonata No.3
Bagatelles op.126 Nos.1, 4 & 6
Piano Sonata No.29 ‘Hammerklavier’
Royal Festival Hall, London, 18 June 1975

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The Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997) was one of the greatest interpreters of the 20th Century along with his compatriots Emil Gilels, David Oistrakh and Mstislav Rostropovich. Richter made his debut in the West in 1960 with Beethoven's Piano Sonata No.3, op 2 No.3 at a recital in New York. Beethoven's 'Hammerklavier' Sonata was one of the main features of Richter's programming in the summer of 1975 in Prague, London and Aldeburgh, the latter performed one week prior to London and recorded on BBC Legends. The 1975 concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London was regarded as one of the greatest that Richter gave in this country. This is the first time that this recital recorded in stereo has been issued commercially on CD in an authorised version.

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Piano Sonata No.3 in C major op.2 no.3

1 I Allegro con brio 10.35

2 II Adagio 7.53

3 III Scherzo: Allegro – Trio 3.28

4 IV Allegro assai 4.57


Bagatelles op.126

5 No.1 in G major: Andante con moto, cantabile e con piacevole 3.18

6 No.4 in B minor: Presto 3.18

7 No.6 in E flat major: Presto – Andante amabile e con moto 3.41


Piano Sonata No.29 in B flat major op.106 ‘Hammerklavier’

8 I Allegro 10.56

9 II Scherzo: Assai vivace 3.01

10 III Adagio sostenuto 17.37

11 IV Introduzione: Largo – Fuga: Allegro risoluto 11.44




Recorded: Royal Festival Hall, London, 18 June 1975

Beethoven- 'Hammerklavier' Sonata - II Scherzo- Assai vivace

Martin Kendrick

“a magisterial, commanding, textually aerated but often powerfully conceived performance…great energy and life-force.”

MusicWeb International

    Martin Kendrick

    “This “Hammerklavier” is powerful, even electric.”


      Martin Kendrick

      “This is Richter at his most imposing, withdrawn and austere but also magnetic and passionately engaging”


        Martin Kendrick

        “An invaluable document of an exceptional recital...If any single disc is going to convince sceptics why so many of us regard Richter as the greatest pianist of the second half of the 20th century, then it's this extraordinary 80 minutes of music-making”

        The Guardian

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