This disc is only for listeners who already love the playing of Sviatoslav Richter, only for listeners who already know his titanic strength and his tremendous sensitivity, who already know his uncanny ability to grasp a whole work and articulate every detail, who already know his transcendent technique and his sublime spirituality. This disc is only for listeners who are already familiar with Richter's way with Schubert, who know that he could make every line sing, make every rhythm dance, make every form whole and luminous, make every moment of every movement reveal the heart of one of the most soulful composers who ever wrote for the piano. This disc is only for listeners who are already familiar with Richter's way with Chopin, who know that he went beyond beauty and virtuosity to the profound humanity of his music. This disc is only for listeners who are already familiar with Richter's studio performance of Liszt's Sonata in B minor, who already know the recording that, more than any other, proves the work's and the composer's greatness and are ready for a performance that is less exalted but more exciting. Why is this disc only for listeners who already know the playing of Sviatoslav Richter? Because any other listeners will expire when they realize what they've been missing. BBC's sound is crisp, clean, and deep.
AllMusic Review by James Leonard
|Piano Sonata No. 6 in E minor, D. 566|
|Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178 (LW A179)|