Andrei Gavrilov / Sviatoslav Richter

Handel: Keyboard Suites, Vol. 2; Beethoven: Piano Sonata, Op. 31/2

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This two-disc set of Handel's Suites performed by Andrei Gavrilov and Sviatoslav Richter is just as good as their other two-disc set of Handel's Suites but with one big advantage. Here as there, Handel's Suites are models of wit, sensitivity, affection and virtuosity. Here as there, Gavrilov's performances are fluent, muscular, and persuasive and Richter's performances are supremely expressive, wonderfully supple, and overwhelmingly commanding. The big advantage is that this set includes Richter's 1961 recording of Beethoven's Tempest Sonata because, as magnificent as his Handel is, Richter's Beethoven is even better, even deeper, even higher, even greater. Richter knows the sorrows, knows the tragedy, knows the despair, knows the unyielding strength of Beethoven's Tempest, and his performance ranks with the best of anything ever recorded. EMI's 1982 sound for the Handel is possibly too recessed and reverberant. Its 1961 sound for the Beethoven is raw, honest, and real.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Suite for keyboard in G minor, HWV 452
1 05:16
2 03:53
3 04:36
Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.2, No.3 in D minor, HWV 436
4 03:02
5 01:07
6 04:17
7 01:39
8 05:09
Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.2, No.4 in D minor, HWV 437
9 02:59
10 01:41
11 08:32
12 00:46
Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.2, No.5 in E minor, HWV 438
13 03:11
14 03:04
15 03:05

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.2, No.7 in B flat major, HWV 440
1 01:59
2 01:44
3 04:16
4 01:17
Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.2, No.8 in G major, HWV 441
5 02:01
6 02:38
7 02:58
8 01:31
9 02:19
10 04:46
11 02:26
Suite for keyboard in D minor, HWV 447
12 02:05
13 01:49
14 02:32
15 00:56
Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.2, No.6 in G minor, HWV 439
16 02:35
17 02:05
18 03:32
19 01:12
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor ("Tempest"), Op. 31/2
20 09:26
21 07:17
22 06:53
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