Alto CD

Sonatas with Richter

Sonatas with Richter
Sonatas with Richter

Sonatas with Richter

Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1
Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 39
Mozart: Violin Sonata K. 378

Sviatoslav Richter, piano
Oleg Kagan, violin

Catalog Number: ALC 1010
Number of Discs: 1
Duration: 62:04



Sviatoslav Richter (1915-97) was a giant among twentieth century pianists: an brilliantly gifted musician with an enormous repertoire and a mercurial, often unpredictable but always insightful and carefully considered interpretive approach to piano works both familiar and rare. He personified the twentieth century “Russian Piano School,” rapidly rising as a star pianist in the late 1940s, playing Prokofiev’s Fifth Piano Concerto under the composer’s direction, and becoming and international phenomenon when his first performances beyond the “Iron Curtain” in 1960 created a sensation. One of Richter’s favorite recital partners was violinist Oleg Kagan (1946-1990), a protégé of Richter’s friend David Oistrakh. Kagan and Richter began to play regularly together in 1969; Richter felt that Kagan revealed “a true understanding of Mozart” and left many affectionate words of praise to Kagan in his diaries. Kagan also played frequently alongside his second wife, cellist Natalia Gutman.

Alto returns to general circulation one of the finest recordings Richter and Kagan made together for Olympia and MK, a program coupling violin sonatas by Brahms and Mozart along with Righter’s impetuous take on a favorite Haydn piano sonata.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Sonata in Bb Major, K378 (24:39)

  • [1] Allegro moderato 12:52
  • [2] Andantino sostenuto e cantabile 7:23
  • [3] Rondeau; Allegro 4:23

Josef Haydn: Piano Sonata No.39 in D Major, Hob.XVI:24 (13:32)

  • [4] I. Allegro 7:10
  • [5] II. Adagio 3:29
  • [6] III. Finale: presto 2:52

Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op.78 (23:53)

  • [7] I. Vivace ma non troppo 8:40
  • [8] II. Adagio 7:55
  • [9] III. Allegro molto moderato 7:17

Recorded in 1982 and 1985