The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (236): The best and the brightest

Sviatoslav Richter and Benjamin Britten, a transcendental communication.


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  • Richter and Britten recorded a number of 2-piano and 4-hand performances, all of which are truly wonderful. Richter recorded some other 2-piano masterpieces. There is a performance of the Bartok Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion, with Lobanov, which has to be heard to be believed…..

    • Re: the Bartok – you are so right, Mr. Rackovsky! Thanks for mentioning it.
      That Bartok performance with Lobanov is one of the greatest ever. And the recorded sound and balance is excellent.
      Of course, Mr. and Mrs. Bartok performed it in New York in 1940 for a CBS radio broadcast (which was later a famous release on the VOX/Turnabout label), but the two percussionists employed were so inept and clueless as to almost be considered saboteurs. A real tragedy.

  • Listening to the first movement, and how the music takes a turn so that in the “recapitulation” it has form, however “THAT” requirement (the recap) is fulfilled, but I had to go change something I was thinking about in a cadenza, after that movt. because of the reminder of how music takes form. Now the other movements.

    • Do you make the same sort of remark when, say, a straight man is Cavaradossi and a straight woman Tosca? Or do you only imagine sex when two performers are of the same sex and gay?

    • Stand by for Pianofortissimo (see above) to remark that Martha and Daniel are having it away. I mean, enjoying music together can’t be anything else but foreplay, can it?

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