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Sviatoslav Richter

Posted March 21st, 2015 at 02:19 PM by deaf tuner
Updated April 16th, 2017 at 01:43 PM by deaf tuner

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100 Years since one of the greatest pianists ever saw the light .

Sincerely, I don't think I can (nor am I entitled) tell more than the fact I adore his playing.

It would be more appropriate just to let some personalities speak on Richter:

Neuhauss: «Don't misunderstand me: I am proud of Richter not because he was my pupil. If it comes to that, I could well be proud of the fact that in his choice of teacher he decided on me, for in the case of talents like Richter, it doesn't really matter who they study with.

One thing I can say quite confidently: I shall continue to learn from Svyatoslav Richter, and admire him until my dying day.»

Schnittke: «Perhaps he is the pianist of such stature precisely because he is more than just a pianist, because his problems lie on a higher level than the music alone where art, philosophy and science come into contact, at a point at which a single truth that has not yet found realization in words or images is expressed in a universal notion.»

Gould : «such a perfect liaison with the instrument that the mechanical process involved becomes all but invisible…and the performer, and consequently the listener, is then able to ignore all superficial questions of virtuosity or instrumental display and concentrate instead on the spiritual qualities inherent in the music itself»

And Richter upon himself: «Give lessons? Good heavens, no! If anything I ought to take a few myself.''


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    Absolute creativity from absolute discipline, which new world would never understand. I love his Mozart most.
    Posted April 8th, 2015 at 08:45 PM by Canada Ainu Canada Ainu is offline
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    . . .

    "The interpreter is really an executant, carrying out the composer's intentions to the letter. He doesn't add anything that isn't already in the work. If he is talented, he allows us to glimpse the truth of the work that is in itself a thing of genius and that is reflected in him. He shouldn't dominate the music, but should dissolve into it."

    . . .

    "I am not a complete idiot, but whether from weakness or laziness have no talent for thinking. I know only how to reflect: I am a mirror . . . Logic does not exist for me. I float on the waves of art and life and never really know how to distinguish what belongs to the one or the other or what is common to both. Life unfolds for me like a theatre presenting a sequence of somewhat unreal sentiments; while the things of art are real to me and go straight to my heart."

    and a proof of how humble he was facing the music:

    ... musicians should "carry [...] out the composer's intentions to the letter"

    . . .

    Richter realized that he had been playing a wrong note in Bach's Italian Concerto for decades, he insisted that the following disclaimer/apology be printed on a CD containing a performance thereof:

    "Just now Sviatoslav Richter realized, much to his regret, that he always made a mistake in the third measure before the end of the second part of the 'Italian Concerto'. As a matter of fact, through forty years -- and no musician or technician ever pointed it out to him -- he played 'F-sharp' rather than 'F'. The same mistake can be found in the previous recording made by Maestro Richter in the fifties." ...

    ( all quotes from Sviatoslav Richter » Palace Pianos)
    Posted July 26th, 2015 at 01:15 PM by deaf tuner deaf tuner is offline
    Updated April 16th, 2017 at 01:51 PM by deaf tuner

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