A Significant Addition to the Sviatoslav Richter Discography

Parnassus Records has made a significant addition to the discography of one of the greatest pianists in history, Soviet-era virtuoso Sviatoslav Richter.

Producer and Richter authority Leslie Gerber spent several years seeking out and tracking down Richter’s earliest recordings, many having been published in very limited editions. Richter in the 1940s presents over two hours of some of Richter’s rarest recordings, including the earliest authenticated recordings of Richter: Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 3 and a stunning performance of Rachmaninoff’s transcription of Kreisler’s Liebesfreud. The first disc is a complete Richter recital dating from 1948.

All of the source material has been remastered and restored. Fans of Richter – or great pianism – will not want to be without this set.

The CD edition is now available from Amazon and select retailers.

Richter in the 1940s

Bach: Capriccio on the Departure of His Beloved Brother, BWV 992
Bach: Sonata in D, BWV 963
Beethoven: Sonata No. 22 in F, Op. 54
Schumann: Fantasie in C, Op. 17
Bach: English Suite No. 3, in G, BWV 808 – Sarabande
(all recorded in recital, November 27, 1948)

Beethoven: Sonata No. 3 in C, Op. 2, No. 3
Kreisler-Rachmaninov: Liebeslied
(May 30, 1947)

Beethoven: Sonata No. 9 in E, Op. 14, No. 1
(June 5, 1947)

Bach: Sonata in D, BWV963
(Oct. 15, 1947)

Liszt: Annêes de Pèlerinage, Year 3: Aux Cyprès de la Villa D’este
Rachmaninov: Prelude in G-sharp Minor, Op. 32 No. 12
Rachmaninov: Melody in E, Op. 3 No. 3
(April 4, 1949)

Sviatoslav Richter, piano

Parnassus 96059~60, 2 CD set