Richter plays Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude

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  1. Joe Amato says:

    Richter’s version of Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 was, I think, the first piece of classical music to take off the top of my head…

  2. Poo says:

    Mr. Amato has made me feel guilty and stupid all at once. I cannot seem to nail the time or the classical piece that first took off ‘the top of my head.” I have narrowed it down to Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ , the Preludes of Debussy or Gershwin, either Rhapsidy in Blue or American in Paris. I just cannot seem to remember which one as it is likely my early exposure to this form of music came rather all at once. My classical memory is a tad mushy. Rock and Roll? Easy, that would be Sgt. Pepper. Anyhow , the Richter was much enjoyed.

  3. Joe Amato says:

    Poo, I might be guilty myself of myth-making! Surely I heard classical music prior to the Richter/Brahms that moved me. And I love Debussy, Chopin, Gershwin, et al. But I think the Richter (final movement esp.) was the first piece to call attention to itself to such a degree, or in such a way, that I felt obligated to learn more. In jazz it was Thelonious Monk.

    And in rock, well: long live Sgt. Pepper!

  4. Poo says:

    Joe, very charmingly said. Thank you. The last time Gershwin moved me I was driving into New York on my way to Brooklyn. The Manhattan sky line made me pop a Gershwin CD into the dash. I found myself in the wrong lane, became quite addled and ended up in the Bronx. Don’t ask, the rest of the tale is tawdry.

  5. David Abel says:

    Bruno Monsaingeon’s 1998 film, Richter: The Enigma (easily fond on DVD), highly recommended for insight into his approach, and some great concert footage . . .

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