Beethoven: Piano Sonatas 17, 18 & 23 - Richter
Praga Digitals Reminiscences PRD/DSD 350 066
Classical - Instrumental
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No. 17 "Tempest", 18 & 23 "Appassionata"
Sviatoslav Richter created a stir in New York in the fall of 1960 by justifying Romain Rolland's judgement of the Appassionata, i.e. 'a flood of fire in a bed of granite'. A true selfportrait of the artist according to the critics, amazed by his violent and tragic vision in contrast with the one of the 18 Sonata, pastoral and sober. He adored his old fashioned suite, without any slow movement, allying the baroque Mozart to the Schumanian forest. He amazes in the famous Tempest more an intimate reflexion than a Shakespearian wrathful fury.