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Sviatoslav Richter: Pianist

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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Richter was an intensely private and withdrawn individual who disliked the glare and trappings of celebrity, even preferring to play small halls where the audience could concentrate on the details of his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.

Synopsis:

The first biography of the noted Soviet pianist Sviatoslav Richter

Product Details

ISBN:
9781555537104
Author:
Rasmussen, Karl Aage
Publisher:
Northeastern University Press
Translator:
Dees, Russell
Subject:
Richter, Sviatoslav
Subject:
Pianists - Russia (Federation)
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
303
Dimensions:
9.49x6.45x1.03 in. 1.44 lbs.

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