Sviatoslav Richter: Pianist Essential Recordings

Essential Recordings

Beethoven recital RFH, June 1975
ICA Classics ICAC5084
The Sonata Op.2:3 and the Op.126 Bagatelles are followed by a mighty performance of the Hammerklavier Sonata, Op.106.

The Art of Sviatoslav Richter
Decca 476 2203 (two Presto CDs)
Solo pieces by JS Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Haydn, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Schubert recorded part live in various venues.

Richter The Master Pianist
Warner Classics 2174112 (14 discs)
All the EMI studio recordings from 1961-80, including the Schubert Wanderer Fantasy, Beethoven's Tempest Sonata and (with Karajan) the Triple Concerto, Schumann's Fantasie Op.17, Concertos with Muti, Maazel, et al, Mozart sonatas with Oleg Kagan.

Richter The Enigma
Ideale Audience International 3073518 (DVD); 3073514 (Blu-ray)
Bruno Monsaingeon's documentary with Richter (in his 80s) speaking with candour, plus graphic historic footage.

Rachmaninov & Tchaikovsky Concertos
DG 479 4884 (96kHz/24-bit download)
The controversial VSO/Karajan Tchaikovsky No 1 with the earlier Warsaw recording of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2, Rowicki conducting. Available from Presto Classical.