Sofia Recital Original recording remastered
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|1. Pictures At An Exhibition: Promenade|
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|4. Pictures At An Exhibition: II II vecchio castello - Promenade|
|5. Pictures At An Exhibition: III Tuileries|
|6. Pictures At An Exhibition: IV Bydlo|
|7. Pictures At An Exhibition: Promenade|
|8. Pictures At An Exhibition: Ballet des poussins dans leurs coques|
|9. Pictures At An Exhibition: VI Samuel Goldenberg und Schmuyle|
|10. Pictures At An Exhibition: Promenade|
|11. Pictures At An Exhibition: VII Limoges: le marche'|
|12. Pictures At An Exhibition: VIII Catacombae: Sepulchrum romanum - Cum mortius in lingua mortua|
|13. Pictures At An Exhibition: La Cabe sur des pattes de poule|
|14. Pictures At An Exhibition: La Grande Porte de Kiev|
|15. Moment Musical in C Major, D780 no.1|
|16. Impromptu In E Flat Major, D899 No,2|
|17. Impromptu in A Flat Major|
|18. Etude In E Major, Op.10 no.3|
|19. Valse oubliee No.1 In F Sharp Major|
|20. Valse oubliee No.2 In A Flat Major|
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Top Customer Reviews
Reviews here and elsewhere warned me that the sound was barely tolerable, and that audience coughing was too intrusive. Well, I can report that, once the "Pictures" begin, poor sound quality is forgotten. This is a riveting performance. The piano's dynamic range is well enough suggested, the recording quality is better in the other items, and I was not disturbed by any audible background hum. To those who complain about audience coughs I say: firstly, attend more concerts yourself and become accustomed to this phenomenon and, secondly, regard such sounds as reminders of a live performance before a large audience.
No one is likely to attend any live performance as brilliant as this.
So when this newly remastered version became available, I immediately bought it, hoping that it would be an improvement. The sound of this new remastering is what this performance has deserved all along. The surface noise is almost totally gone, and the sound of the piano is much more natural, without the dry, compressed sound of the previous version. The audience is still noisy, with coughs throughout, but you get used to it after a couple listenings. The same is true of the infamous fluffed note in the opening; it's there, it's grating the first few times, then it almost takes on a certain charm all its own.
But the real power of this recording is the incredible performance by one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. Some have said that this is the greatest piano recording ever made of anything, period. While that is perhaps an overstatement, it's certainly not far from the truth. This is an essential recording, not just because it's the definitive recording of "Pictures", but because of the power and beauty of Richter's artistry.Read more ›
Western civilization has lived now for forty-odd years with this recording of Moussorgsky's "Pictures." Some of us have auditioned seemingly countless other performances. But this is the one we always come back to. This is the ultimate, warts and all.
The first time it was released on CD, I was happy to see that the remainder of the concert had been added (the old Columbia LP contained only the "Pictures"). It's now chock full of shorter pieces, many thrice-familiar and a couple less so, all well done. Now we have 73 minutes of music.
Why do we all so cheerfully tolerate the below-par sound, the coughing, and the gaffs? Because the overall conception of the work, as realized by Richter, is so compelling. If you only know the "Pictures" from the orchestrated version, it's time for you to buy and get to know the original piano version. And this is the best one out there. Allow yourself to be swept away.
This CD is essential, but the only way you will see that is by listening to it and letting it sweep you away.
Most recent customer reviews
This recording was made in 1958, a time when live performances were recorded more frequently than is the case today. Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by Douglas Doak
This disc was for me the motive to start collecting classical music. It's a registration of a Richter recital when he was in his (technical) prime. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2003 by hjonkers
This performance is remarkable, so I will not even bother to repeat the other reviewers' praise. But I will point out that the "Pictures" is not the only reason to buy... Read morePublished on July 19 2002
There are not enough superlatives in the English language to describe Richter's playing of Pictures at an Exhibition. Read morePublished on March 29 2001
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