Grieg, Dvor‡k

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COMPOSERS: Dvorak,Grieg
WORKS: Piano Concerto in A minor; Piano Concerto in G minor
PERFORMER: Sviatoslav Richter (piano); Moscow Philharmonic SO/Kirill Kondrashin, Prague SO/Václav SmetácŠek
CATALOGUE NO: PR 256001 ADD mono/stereo 1977/66
Collectors will be familiar with Richter’s live accounts of these concertos under Oistrakh (Bergen 1968) and Kondrashin (London 1961), available on Inta’glio. Prague was where in 1950 Richter gave his first concert outside the USSR. That his appearances there could be special occasions is suggested by the Grieg, an all-Soviet affair on the wing, boldly declaimed, but not by the DvorŠák, where his measured intimacy (three minutes slower than London) accords uncomfortably with SmetácŠek’s desire to push forward. Sour intonation from the Prague strings, dry recording from Czech Radio. Ates Orga