Richter: Beethoven "Appassionata" & "Funeral March" Piano Sonatas - French RCA 640.678
Jacket VG / LP EX / French pressing
This handsome LP from French RCA (640.678 – equivalent to USA LSC-2545, French pressing, red/silver 'Living Stereo' label, stereo) features Sviatoslav Richter’s thrilling readings of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas No. 23 in F minor Op. 57 ‘Appassionata’ and No. 12 in A-flat Major Op. 26 ‘Funeral March’, both taped in New York in November 1960 – performances that have never left the catalog. These were among his first recordings in the West and show the Russian at his most communicative. It is said that Richter was unhappy with most of the recordings he made in the USA, including this 'Appassionata', but one is hard put to agree, so virtuosic, and richly textured is the playing. The recording is superb.
Incidentally, the striking cover portrait of Richter was executed by Herschel Levit. On the reverse side of the jacket, there are fine liner notes – provided in French only – by Gustave Samazeuilh.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is VERY GOOD. There is bumping/wear at corners, a slight bend to the lower-right corner, and mild discoloration to the rear panel. However, there are no seamsplits, owners' markings, or other defects and the whole remains solid, bright, glossy, and very attractive in appearance – overall, a very good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is EXCELLENT. Although the surfaces are not absolutely silent, really this is a fine copy and the playback is quite superb. Those requiring CD silent surfaces are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as an excellent collector's copy.