This IDIS release features recordings of Sviatoslav Richter's magnificent performances of Schubert's C minor (D. 958) and A minor (D. 845) piano sonatas, made in Budapest in 1958 and Moscow in 1957. The performances are shattering in their impact; the 1958 C minor Sonata has tremendous power in its opening Allegro and profound depths in its central Adagio, while the 1957 A minor Sonata is perhaps the Soviet pianist's most concentrated account of that sublime work. The young Richter is matchless in his technical virtuosity and his ability to spin out a long, legato line; the A minor Sonata's Andante seems to go on forever, but in a good way. The sound quality and clarity of these recordings are execrable, with the tonal nuance of a truck and twice the impact. The live Budapest recording is much worse than the Moscow studio recording in terms of fidelity because the studio recording at least approximates the sound of a real piano.
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AllMusic Review by James Leonard
|Piano Sonata in C minor, D 958|
|Piano Sonata in A minor, D 845|