Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
Sergei Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major, Op. 10
Johann Sebastian Bach - Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052
Sviatoslav Richter - piano, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra / conductors Karel Ančerl, Václav Talich
In 1950 Prague was the destination of the first-ever foreign trip of the then 35-year-old Russian genius pianist Sviatoslav Richter. He would subsequently visit the city on several more occasions. The recordings on this CD were made at the Rudolfinum within two weeks at the end of May and the beginning of June 1954. Richter is accompanied by the two finest Czech orchestras, conducted by two true legends - Václav Talich (nearing the end of his career) and Karel Ančerl (at the beginning of his tenure in the post of principal conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra). Within such a short time, Richter had mastered Tchaikovsky's impassioned concerto in B minor, Prokofiev's purely Neoclassical concerto in D flat major, as well as Bach's paramountBaroque and timeless first piano concerto. The fact that the Russian composers Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev found an ideal interpreter in perhaps the greatest legend among 20th-century pianists appearsentirely logical. Yet the superb and sensitive performance of Bach's piano (originally harpsichord) concerto serves to complete the picture of Richter's genius and versatility. These qualitiesare showcased in our new, sensitively re-mastered version of the legendary recordings.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23