And speaking of the best available, may I suggest that Richter can stand proudly alongside Gilels
(DG and RCA), Kovacevich (Philips), Cliburn (RCA), and Pollini (DG).
In the introduction Barber recalls first learning of Siloti in 1973 at a performance by Emil Gilels
, Carol Brice, soloists; Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Robin Hood Dell Orchestra, NBC Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Heinrich Neuhaus, teacher of Gilels
and Richter among many distinguished others, commented in his book, The Art of Piano Playing:
especially was for long decades a fixed star of the festival, astounding the public with his perfect combination of vertiginous technique and ingenious, poetic and passionate expressiveness.
It helped, of course, that Cliburn was, in Richter's words, "a genius," an opinion shared by such heavyweights as Emil Gilels
and Heinrich Neuhaus.
There's the technical accomplishment by the RCA recording staff, the playing of the Chicago Orchestra, and the interpretation by Reiner and Gilels
His book does indeed "add new living features to the images of those who are widely known [such as Emil Gilels
, David Oistrakh, Bella Davidovich, and Lazar Berman] and help[s] preserve the memories of others, modest and deserving, whose lives were dedicated to music" (p.
At a low bargain price, this Brahms issue may seem a bargain, but if one remembers that the Gilels
and Kovacevich recordings at mid price are only a tad more money, they can look like treasures.
In this regard, the performance styles of luminaries such as Sofronitskii, Horowitz, and Richter may embody Leikin's suggestions to a greater or lesser degree, but do other no less noteworthy Scriabinists such as Gilels
, Lazar Berman, and Ashkenazy obey such descriptions and, if not, are their interpretations less valid?
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Boris Berman draws also from his insights derived from hearing early performances of the sonatas by such distinguished pianists as Gilels