Schubert - Wanderer Fantasie - Sonata In A Major Op.120 - Richter on Import 180g LP from Hi-Q Records
Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the Original Stereo Analogue Master Tapes
"Good - I'll play it three more times." The place was Paris, the Salle Wagram. The time was two o'clock in the morning, late February 1963. The speaker was Sviatoslav Richter, and 'it' was the opening Allegro, 188 strenuous bars long, of Schubert's Wanderer Fantasy. So starts the original sleeve note on this LP, which is unusually an account of the recording sessions rather than a note on the music. Ironically Richter disliked recording in a studio and preferred an audience but nevertheless the performances captured here are, as Gramophone remarked, "really something very special."
This performance was recorded on February 11-13, 16 and 18, and April 11-12, 1963 at Salle Wagram, Paris with legendary producer Peter Andry and engineer Paul Vavasseur. This vinyl reissue from Hi-Q Records was cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional 'advance' playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl to audiophile standards using the original EMI presses by The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, England. Featuring the original album artwork, with notes in English, German and French.
The original November 1963 review in Gramophone remarked: "Richter pounds away at the outer movements with just the steely brilliance they need. This is tremendously athletic playing, overpowering in effect...this Richter performance is really something special, quite apart from the fact that he is more realistically recorded than Brendel..."
Franz Schubert (composer)
Sviatoslav Richter (piano)
Schubert - Wanderer Fantasie - Sonata In A Major Op.120 - Richter Track Listing:
1. Allegro con fuoco ma non troppo-Adagio-Preso-Allegro
2. Sonata in A Major, D664 - Allegro moderato
3. Sonata in A Major, D664 - Andante
4. Sonata in A Major, D664 - Allegro