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Sviatoslav Richter : pianist

Author: Karl Aage Rasmussen
Publisher: Hanover [N.H.] : University Press of New England, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997) is widely recognized as one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. In this translation of the first full-scale biography of Richter, Danish composer Karl Aage Rasmussen combines his artistic appreciation of Richter's career with a sympathetic telling of the pianist's life based on family archives and interviews with people who worked and lived with him. Richter enjoyed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Sviatoslav Richter
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karl Aage Rasmussen
ISBN: 9781555537104 1555537103
OCLC Number: 437297699
Description: 303 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Letting the music speak --
Images and chimeras --
"A different kind of boy" --
Odessa : the light and the dark --
"I have had three teachers : my father, Wagner, and Heinrich Neuhaus" --
Moscow --
World War II from the sidelines --
Nina Lvovna --
Prokofiev --
Music, power, and musical politics --
Shostakovich --
The heartbreak --
Pianist on the world stage --
The nomad --
Piano, pianist, music, and audience --
The man behind invisible walls --
Perestroika and glasnost --
The final years --
The end --
Postlude --
The musical legacy.
Other Titles: Svjatoslav Richter.
Responsibility: Karl Aage Rasmussen ; translated by Russell Dees.

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Sviatoslav Richter (1915-1997) is widely recognized as one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. In this translation of the first full-scale biography of Richter, Danish composer Karl Aage Rasmussen combines his artistic appreciation of Richter's career with a sympathetic telling of the pianist's life based on family archives and interviews with people who worked and lived with him. Richter enjoyed early success in the Soviet Union, winning the Stalin Prize in 1949. He traveled and performed throughout Russia and Eastern Europe, and earned notice in the West via his recordings. In 1960 he toured in the West to great acclaim, including a run of successful performances at Carnegie Hall. He would remain an active performer throughout his life. Richter was an intensely private and withdrawn individual who disliked the glare and trappings of celebrity, even preferring to play small halls where the audience could concentrate on the details of his performance. The book also details his chronic depression and homosexuality, and the impact that this may have had in curbing his political activities. Rasmussen celebrates one of the giants of twentieth-century music while painting a realistic portrait of the often troubled double life that many Soviet citizens, especially public artists, were forced to lead [Publisher description]

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