Sviatoslav Richter - Documentary - The Enigma - vol. 1- 1/8





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Uploaded on Jan 10, 2010

The first part of the acclaimed docu-biography of the Ukrainian/German pianist Sviatoslav Richter including archive footage and an interview with the 80 year old Richter.
some quotes about richter (form wiki):
The Italian critic Piero Rattalino has asserted that the only pianists comparable to Richter in the history of piano performance were Franz Liszt and Ferruccio Busoni.
Glenn Gould called Richter one of "the most powerful musical communicators of our time".
Nathan Milstein described Richter in his memoir "From Russia to the West" as the following: "Richter was certainly a marvelous pianist but not as impeccable as he was reputed to be. His music making was too dry for me. In Richter's interpretation of Ravel's Jeux d'eau, instead of flowing water you hear frozen icicles."
Van Cliburn attended a Richter recital in 1958 in the Soviet Union. He reportedly cried during the recital and, upon returning to the United States, described Richter's playing as "the most powerful piano playing I have ever heard".

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