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Friday, May 17, 2013

Beethoven - S. Richter (live Carnegie Hall, 3 may 1965) - Sonates n°17, 18, 31

Beethoven - S. Richter (live Carnegie Hall, 3 may 1965) - Sonates n°17, 18, 31

Richter’s American debut tour in the fall of 1960 created a sensation. At the time, he was 45, and had performed outside the Soviet Union only once before, in Finland. But evidence of his greatness had spread through his recordings on the Melodiya label, and many American musicians who had heard him in Russia, including Van Cliburn in 1958, brought back reports of his spectacular pianism.

His first United States performance was with the conductor Erich Leinsdorf and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. But it was a series of five Carnegie Hall recitals, beginning on Oct. 19, 1960, that electrified the public. Reviewing the first recital, a program of five Beethoven sonatas, Harold C. Schonberg reported in The New York Times that ''every musician in town was present'' and that, for once, ''the sold-out house was seated an expectant 10 minutes before the stage lights went on.''

'There may have been a show-me attitude at the beginning,'' Mr. Schonberg continued. ''Within 15 minutes all was dissipated in enthusiasm. Mr. Richter proved to be a pianist of style, poetry and imagination: a complete artist.''

Live New York (1965)
1-3 :
The Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2, was composed in 1801/02 by Ludwig van Beethoven. It is usually referred to as "The Tempest" (or Der Sturm in his native German), but this title was not given by him, or indeed referred to as such during his lifetime; instead, it comes from a claim by his associate Anton Schindler that the sonata was inspired by the Shakespeare play.

4-7 : La Sonate pour piano n° 18 en mi bémol majeur, op. 31 n° 3, de Ludwig van Beethoven, fut composée en 1802, publiée en 1804 et dédiée avec les n° 16 et n° 17 à la comtesse de Browne.

Contemporaine des deux autres sonates de l'opus 31, la Sonate n° 18 est la plus atypique des trois. Elle est la dernière des sonates pour piano de Beethoven à comporter plus de trois mouvements (si on excepte la Hammerklavier (sonate N° 29) et la 28e sonate opus 101) et la dernière à inclure un authentique menuet de facture classique. Son exécution dure environ 24 minutes.

I. Allegro
II. Scherzo: Allegretto vivace
III. Menuetto: Moderato e grazioso
IV. Presto con fuoco

8-10 : La Sonate pour piano n° 31 en la bémol majeur, opus 110, a été composée par Ludwig van Beethoven en 1821 et publiée en 1822. Il s'agit d'une œuvre sans dédicace, ce qui est assez rare chez Beethoven pour être noté.

Avant-dernière sonate de Beethoven, la sonate n° 31 comporte trois mouvements :

I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
II. Allegro molto
III. Adagio, ma non troppo — Fuga : Allegro, ma non troppo

Sviatoslav Richter Beethoven Sonata .wmv 


Sonata No.3  0:00:00
Sonata No.7  0:26:33
Sonata No.12 0:48:18
Sonata No.17 1:06:56 (The Tempest)
Sonata No.18 1:30:43
Sonata No.23 1:52:55  (Appassionata)
Sonata No.27 2:16:26
Sonata No.28 2:28:52
Sonata No.29  2:49:20 (For 'Hammerklavier')


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