Monday, February 20, 2012

Richter, Leinsdorf
"Brahms: Piano Concerto no. 2"

Recorded only days after Richter's debut in Chicago in 1960, this recording was done in one day.
The back jacket is bubbling with praise and hyperbole for Richter's reception in the US. The short version: Richter is very good, and it's neat knowing just a piece of the back story of what went into this recording.

I have a mono pressing, which is interesting to hear, and further reinforces a growing sentiment that the advent of stereo was more of a push by salesmen eager to sell twice as many loudspeakers as they had been.
There's a beautiful, delicate clarity to this recording that I don't often hear done any better.

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