EMI Testament - ASD3371 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
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Testament has revived these classic titles from the EMI catalog using only the original EMI master tapes,cut onto lacquer at EMI's Abbey Road Studios and mastered using full analog techniques throughout production.
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DVORAK Piano Concerto in G Op. 33 Sviatoslav Richter, Bayerisches Staatsorchester / Carlos Kleiber. EMI
This work is much neglected - seldom performed and seldom recorded. After hearing this LP you really have to wonder why. This is a wonderful piece of music, brilliantly performed. Great EMI sound. When I bought this LP I really debated about it - do I really need this obscure work. Of the stack of classical LPs that I brought back from the show, this is my favorite. Buy it. PositveFeed Review
When this performance was first issued by HMV in 1977, Dvorak's Piano Concerto was usually played in a revised version of the solo part, edited by Vilem Kurz. Sviatoslav Richter went back to the composer's much more difficult original version, and this performance became famous for the great Russian pianist's triumph over the technical problems posed by the composer's keyboard writing, and for the insight and poetry of his playing. Richter was given ideally sympathetic orchestral support by the legendary Carlos Kleiber, making one of his rare visits to the recording studio. In a high quality, vintage EMI recording, now vividly recreated for modern listeners in Testament's new LP transfer, a masterly, but still too rarely heard work, is heard as if for the first time.
Antonin Dvorák's first and only piano concerto is still to some extent a problem child. The great applause has been denied him-quite unambiguous and unjustified. The explanation may lie in the fact that the composer, who was 35 years old, was probably a splendid violinist, but not an equally brilliant pianist, which is why Solopart offers his performer less opportunity to play his virtuosity than the soloist in Dvorák's violin and cello cellos. On the other hand, the piano concerto is an entirely separate work, especially a piano symphony, especially in the long, first movement.
The solo instrument is less dominant than in a lively dialogue with the orchestra: symphonic and powerful in the first, romantic and Graceful in the second, cheerful and humorous in the third movement. This recording shows some peculiarities: recorded for the 100th birthday of the concert, Dvorák's original is played here for the first time, without the stylistic "improvements" which were later given him to the "revival" by a pianist. And with the Slavic pianist Sviatoslav Richter, one of the greats of his time sits at the piano, so that one can enjoy Dvorák here.
Piano Concerto in G minor, Op.33
Bavarian State Orchestra
1st movement : Allegro agitato
band 1: 2nd movement: Andante sostenuto
band 2: 3rd movement: Allegro con fuoco
Recording Producer: John Mordler
Balance Engineer: Ernst Rothe
℗1977, EMI Records Ltd.
Recorded in the Bürgerbräukeller, Munich
Testament has revived these classic titles from the EMI catalog using only the original EMI master tapes, cut onto lacquer at EMI's Abbey Road Studios and mastered using full analog techniques throughout production.