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Postby Dr. Bill Leland » Fri Oct 07, 2005 10:36 am

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 www.filmnight.com.

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Postby Dr. John Zeigler - PEP Ed » Fri Oct 07, 2005 10:54 am

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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Postby Beckywy » Fri Oct 07, 2005 2:53 pm

ahhhh the Berlin Philharmonic. One of the best orchestras I've ever heard.
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Postby Dr. John Zeigler - PEP Ed » Fri Oct 07, 2005 5:20 pm

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:
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Postby 97-1128742375 » Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:20 pm

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!
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Postby Beckywy » Tue Oct 11, 2005 8:55 am

Idil Biret - she made her american debut on the day of JFK's assassination - no?



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Postby 97-1128742375 » Tue Oct 11, 2005 2:09 pm

I have no idea...she plays well though! :D
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Postby Beckywy » Sat Dec 10, 2005 9:48 am

It was Dave Brubeck's birthday a few days ago. 85years.



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Postby Stretto » Sat Dec 10, 2005 5:06 pm

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?
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Postby Beckywy » Sun Dec 11, 2005 7:52 am

Professional pianist are people like you and me who make a living with the piano. Ie. playing and teaching.
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Postby Stretto » Sun Dec 11, 2005 11:10 am

Wow! I never thought of myself as a professional pianist. That made my day!
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