Sviatoslav Richter – a rare Soviet documentary

The great pianist made few concessions to the regime and was prevented from travelling abroad long after many of his friends were permitted.

This 1960s Gostelradio footage marks a rare collaboration with state media, after his world fame was established.


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  • Darn perfect pitch: makes it extremely annoying if not downright impossible to listen to music that sounds almost a half-step (a minor second, if you prefer) sharper than it should. This is only the first part of the documentary. A fuller version can be found on youtube. And of course, Enigma by Monsaingeon is very interesting because in the 1990s SR could speak much more freely and truthfully about his life than he was allowed to do three decades earlier.

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