Sviatoslav Richter

Schumann: Fantasy for Piano, Waldszenen, Fantasiestücke, Marsch. Russian Masters

Catalogue Number: SU 3795-2
Published: 18th January 2008
Genre: Chamber Music
Format: 1 CD
In 1950 Prague (the Prague Spring festival) was the destination of the first-ever foreign tour of the then 35-year-old piano genius Sviatoslav Richter. Later on the city had the fortune to host him on several more occasions.

The recording of Schumann's Fantasy in C major, released here for the first time, comes from the recital at Prague's Rudolfinum in November 1959,only a few months before Richter's first triumphal tour of the USA and Canada. The composer's painfully subdued lamentation and rent soul, owing to continuous barriers to love with hisfuture wife Clara, finds in Richter a more than emphatic interpreter. The imaginative poetic miniatures Waldszenen (Forest Scenes) date from the period when Schumann was at the very height of his powers. Gathering together all his creative strength and in anticipation of the impending end, he hurled himself into one work after another. In the 1956 recording, it is as if Richter entered not the half-light of the forest, but rather the mind of the composer itself.

Also dating from 1956 is the recording of Fantaziestücke (Fantasy Pieces), the most poetic of all Schumann's series, as well as Fier Märsche (Four Marches) from 1849.
Robert Schumann
Fantasie for Piano in C major, Op. 17
1. Allegro fantastico e con passione (Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen) 12:58
2. Moderato, ma energico (Mässig. Durchaus energisch) 06:40
3. Andante sostenuto e sempre mezza voce (Langsam getragen. Durchweg leise zu halten) 10:53
Robert Schumann
Waldszenen, Op. 82
4. Eintritt im Walde 01:56
5. Jäger auf der Lauer 01:07
6. Einsame Blumen 01:59
7. Verrufene Stelle 03:16
8. Freundliche Landschaft 01:09
9. Herberge 02:17
10. Vogel als Prophet 02:39
11. Jagdlied 02:09
12. Abschied 03:39
Robert Schumann
Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
13. Des Abends 04:06
14. Aufschwung 02:46
15. Warum? 03:15
16. In der Nacht 03:43
17. Traumes Wirren 02:05
18. Ende vom Lied 05:20
Robert Schumann
2. Marsch in G minor from Cycle Märsche, Op. 76
19. 2. Marsch in G minor 03:17