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Vol.XII: Schubert, Violin Sonata D574, Shostakovich, Piano Trio op.67*

Oleg Kagan (Violin), Natalia Gutman (Cello), Sviatoslav Richter (Piano); Moscow 1984* & 1985

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This Schubert duo I liked very much. It can be published.
The Shostakovich trio made a good impression on me – it is one of his best compositions and has been played here in the depressing and tragic mood which suits it.

Sviatoslav Richter 12/85
B. Monsaingeon, Richter, Éditions Van de Velde/Actes Sud/Arte Éditions 98

Richter’s playing in the Piano Trio No. 2, with Natalya Gutman makes this discs special to everyone who has an open ear for the hidden drama of live and death in Shostakovich’s music.

Stephan Bultmann
International Classical Record Collector 4/00

The plenitude of chamber music recordings in which Richter participates offers further insight into the interpretative art of this giant of the piano. He delivers the piano part in the Adagio of the Brahms Regenlied Sonata with a magic that is otherwise unheard (LCL 183). And his playing in the Schostakowitsch Violin Sonata (LCL 183) and Piano Trio No. 2, with Natalia Gutman (LCL 172) makes these discs special to everyone who has an open ear for the hidden drama of live and death in Schostakowitsch’s music. His recordings with Kagan by far exceed in quantity his recorded collaboration with Kagan’s teacher David Oistrakh, which was sadly limited to a few major works. Here one finds all the classic Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert violin sonatas and one can also encounter such rarities as Medtner’s Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 21 (LCL191).

Stephan Bultmann, Continental Report, Spring 2000

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