"Richter is a pianist of surprising internal concentration. At times it seems the whole process of musical performance takes place inside him," wrote a foreign reviewer.
Firma Melodiya offers its listeners a set of recordings by the great pianist of the 20th century Sviatoslav Richter, which reflects his diverse performing interests.
The history of piano music does not seem to know any time intervals, ages or schools that Richter left outside his pianistic orbit. Bach, Scarlatti, Viennese classics, Romanticism with all of its contradictory sides, French impressionism, the entire palette of Russian music of the 19th and 20th centuries, his contemporaries – Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Bartók… For each individuality and for any style, he would build a convincing interpretation following the highest synthesis of "ratio" and "emotio", in which his unsurpassed technical mastery remained almost unnoticed.
"No matter if he plays Bach or Shostakovich, Beethoven or Scriabin, Schubert or Debussy, every time the listener hears somewhat of a living, resurrected composer, every time he enters an author's enormous and original world," the famous teacher Heinrich Neuhaus said about his pupil.