Sviatoslav Richter Plays Schubert: Piano Sonatas Nos. 13 and 14 / Impromptus Nos. 2 & 4
One of the incomparable Sviatoslav Richter’s most sought-after recordings returns to the international catalogue
Long out of print, two masterful Franz Schubert piano sonatas by the Soviet piano legend Sviatoslav Richter. The “Little” Sonata in A (No. 13) marks the beginning of Schubert’s mature period, while No. 14 in A Minor is one of Schubert’s most difficult and technically brilliant works for piano – and one of his darkest and most haunting, being written as his illness began to take hold. Richter delivers these pieces like no other.
(of Sonata No. 13) “The first movement is all fierce concentration and bleakness, the second all intense inner singing, and the finale [is] a hellish drive… An utterly compelling experience.” (Gramophone)
(of Sonata No. 14) “Monumental: controlled desperation… Any duffer can make this sonata touching, but with Richter (at risk of malicious misunderstanding) it becomes appalling. It bores into the soul.” (Gramophone)