The Art of Sviatoslav Richter Episode 3

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On this episode: Sviatoslav Richter performs works of Schumann, Liszt and Hindemith.

Richter plays Schumann Playlist

1-2. Sviatoslav Richter: Schumann Piano concerto op.54 in A minor
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin.

1. Allegro affettuoso
2. Andantino grazioso
3. Allegro vivace

3-4. Schumann Symphonic Studies op.13
1. Theme
2. Etude 1 - Poco più vivo
3. Etude 2
4. Etude 3 - Vivace
5. Etude 4
6. Etude 5
7. Posthumous variation I
8. Posthumous variation II
9. Posthumous variation III
10. Posthumous variation IV
11. Posthumous variation V
12. Etude no.6 - Agitato
13. Etude no.7 - Allegro agitato
14. Etude no.8 - Andante
15. Etude no.9 - Presto possibile
16. Etude no.10 - Allegro
17. Etude no.11 - Andante con espressione
18. Etude no.12 - Finale - Allegro brillante

Richter (73 years old) plays Liszt Playlist, 1988, live recording
1. Études d'exécution transcendante No.7 "Eroica"
2. 2 Études de concert, No.2 "Gnomenreigen"
3. Études d'exécution transcendante No.5 "Feux Follets"
4. Études d'exécution transcendante No.8 "Wilde Jagd"
5. Hungarian Rhapsody No.17 in D minor
6. Polonaise No.2
7. Mephisto Polka

Sviatoslav Richter: Hindemith Ludus Tonalis (1943) Playlist

The spirit of the Well Tempered Clavier is reincarnated in the 20th century in Hindemith's Ludus Tonalis (1942) and Shostakovich's 24 Preludes and Fugues (1951). It is funny that Shostakovich might have been the unwitting inspirer of the Ludus. On 19th July 1942, after hearing Toscanini's famous premiere of Shostakovich's 7th symphony, Hindemith condemned it as "despicable rubbish". And to "remind those who have not completely succumbed what music and composition really are" he set to work composing the Ludus.

The work includes twelve fugues whose "tonal" organization follows the scheme C - G - F - A - E - E flat - A flat - D - B flat - D flat - B - F sharp. Improvisatory "Interludia" modulate between the tonal regions of adjacent fugues. A Praeludium and a Postludium begin and end the work. These two pieces are a fantastic example of musical palindrome, the Postludium being a retrograde inversion of the Praeludium.

1) Praeludium
2) Fugue in C 4:35
3) Interludium 7:39
4) Fugue in G 9:02
5) Interludium 10:40
6) Fugue in F 11:42

Previously on The Art of Sviatoslav Richter:
Ep.1 | Ep.2

12 Hours with the Art of Sviatoslav Richter - Live in Prague
Beethoven Sonata for piano and violin no.5 in F major Op.24, Sviatoslav Richter and Oleg Kagan
Brahms Cello Sonata no.2 in F Op.99, Rostropovich and Richter
Grieg Lyric Pieces
Mozart Sonata KV 570
Schubert Variations in A flat major, Sviatoslav Richter and Benjamin Britten Piano Duet
Sviatoslav Richter: The Enigma, Documentary