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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 10:36 am
by Dr. Bill Leland
I have a wonderful video called "Richter the Enigma". 154 minutes of his entire life, with many excerpts of him playing (unfortunately mostly short segments) in concert--solo, with orchestra, with fellow artists like Oistrakh, Rostropovich, etc., plus an extensive conversation with him in old age. Don't know if it's available on DVD or not. You can get it at

Dr. B.

PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 10:54 am
by Dr. John Zeigler - PEP Ed
Although I have heard many of the world's greatest pianists live and met a significant number of them personally, one of the few disappointments of my life is that I never got to hear Richter play live. It always seemed that I was in a different part of the country and covered up with commitments when he played in the U.S. Of course, since most of his recordings are "live" we can still get the flavor of the live performance from them.

There is a "complete" compilation of all his recorded works available in a set of about 20 CD's. It runs about $160, so I've never broken down and bought it, especially since I already have about a third of the recordings on separate disks. There is also a noteworthy recording, for sheer star power, on EMI of the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Oistrakh, Rostropovich and Richter as soloists and Von Karajan conducting the Berlin Philharmonic. Highly recommended!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 2:53 pm
by Beckywy
ahhhh the Berlin Philharmonic. One of the best orchestras I've ever heard.

PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2005 5:20 pm
by Dr. John Zeigler - PEP Ed
Beckywy wrote:I asked my old teacher about Richter - if he knew him since he also studied at the Moscow conservatory. This is what he emailed me.

I really enjoyed this story. Thanks for sharing it with us. :cool:

PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:20 pm
by 97-1128742375
Hi! :D
I really like classical pianists like Idil Biret and Krystain Zimerman! My favorite composer is Chopin.
I also have an original recording of Rachmaninov plays Rachmaninov. Great CD!

PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2005 8:55 am
by Beckywy
Idil Biret - she made her american debut on the day of JFK's assassination - no?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2005 2:09 pm
by 97-1128742375
I have no idea...she plays well though! :D

PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2005 9:48 am
by Beckywy
It was Dave Brubeck's birthday a few days ago. 85years.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2005 5:06 pm
by Stretto
Here is another question for a book I could use entitled "Famous Pianists for Dummies" (what I mean is excuse the nievity of my question). I am a little embarrassed to ask but here is something I've been curious about:

What is the difference between a concert pianist and a professional pianist or is there a difference?

PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2005 7:52 am
by Beckywy
Professional pianist are people like you and me who make a living with the piano. Ie. playing and teaching.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2005 11:10 am
by Stretto
Wow! I never thought of myself as a professional pianist. That made my day!