Richter Plays Liszt [reblog]

from Oannes blog…

On March 20

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Σαν σήμερα, 20 Μαρτίου 1915 γεννήθηκε στο Ζίτομιρ ο Σβιάτοσλαβ Ρίχτερ, ένας από τους μεγαλύτερους πιανίστες όλων των εποχών. Από μικρότατη ηλικία είχε επιδόσεις ως αυτοδίδακτος – αργότερα, ο παγκοσμίου φήμης δάσκαλoς του πιάνου Χάινριχ Νόιχαους μιλώντας για τη “μοναδική” ιδιοφυία του, θα έλεγε ότι, ουσιαστικά, δεν του έμαθε τίποτα. Ο Ρίχτερ ήταν ομοφυλόφιλος, ιδιότητα κολάσιμη υπό το σοβιετικό καθεστώς, κι αυτό έπαιξε ρόλο στη διαμόρφωσή του ως μοναχικού ανθρώπου. Η επιτυχία του υπήρξε τεράστια και διεθνής, επέλεξε ωστόσο να παραμείνει Ρώσος πολίτης σε όλη τη ζωή του. Από τον ωκεανό του ρεπερτορίου του Σβιάτοσλαβ Ρίχτερ [ουσιαστικά ολόκληρη η πιανιστική φιλολογία, από το μπαρόκ μέχρι τον 20ο αιώνα] διαλέγουμε το Mephisto Waltz No 2 του Franz Liszt

On this date, March 20, 1915, Sviatoslav Richter, one of the greatest pianists of all time, was born in Zitomir. He showed his skills from a very young age as a self-taught. Later, the world-renowned teacher Heinrich Neuhaus, speaking about his “unique” genius, would say that, in fact, he’d taught him nothing. Richter was gay, which was illegal in the Soviet Union. This played a certain role in his formation as a loner. His success has been huge and global, but he remained a Russian citizen throughout his life. From the ocean of his repertoire [essentially the entire pianistic literature from baroque to modern times] we choose Franz Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No 2

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More about these reblogs

Lately I have been rebloging music videos from Oannes new blog. For my friends who didn’t know, or wonder why…. Oannes [aka Socratis Papahatzis] is my husband, partner in life and music and the one with my undying admiration. Together we have a band MK-O [the music of Marina Kanavaki & Oannes]. So, it’s my pleasure to share with you his [and mine] musical selections. Although here I reblog mainly his musical selections, he writes exceptional articles on various topics [some may need translation], so do visit his site. He has my highest recommendation!

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