Sviatoslav Richter in Austria and Germany: themed exhibition opened in the musician's Memorial Flat

November 9, 2019

On 12 November, Sviatoslav Richter's Memorial Flat in Bolshaya Bronnaya Street opens the exhibition 'Sviatoslav Richter's Wander Years. Austria — Germany',  dedicated to the pianist's tours and his work abroad. This is the third exhibition of the themed series. The first display held in 2017 told about Richter's trips to France and Italy, the second one taking place in 2018 was about his visits to the United Kingdom and the USA.

The new exhibition includes some rare archival documents: photographs, postcards and letters, LP records and music editions with autographs and gift inscriptions, unique sketches for opera productions of the 1920s and 1940s, and other exhibits from museums of Moscow, Moscow region and St. Petersburg. Graphic art of famous Austrian and German artists, Franz von Lenbach, Hans Arp, Hans Hartung and others from the musician's collection are the exhibition's highlight.

One section tells about musical theatre and three composers who had influenced a lot the works of the young Sviatoslav Richter — Franz Schrecker, Richard Wagner and Ernst Krenek. You will see sketches of costumes and scenery for the Schrecker's opera 'Der ferne Klang', premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1925. Also, the stands will feature photos from rehearsals and premieres, the first edition of the opera's piano score, and Franz Schrecker's letter to composer and music expert Boris Asafyev. Besides, there will be sketches for Richard Wagner's opera 'Die Walküre' (staged by Sergei Eisenstein), 'Jonny spielt auf' and 'Der Sprung über den Schatten' by Ernst Krenek. The exhibition will also run three films made especially on the occasion with the use of newsreel footage and scenes of silent films dating back to the 1920s.

Sviatoslav Richter first went on touring Austria in 1962. He visited West Germany in 1971. The pianist often performed in Vienna and Salzburg, worked with famous performers and conductors: Herbert von Karajan, Bernhard Paumgartner, Kurt Sanderling and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Touring Germany, the pianist tried to cover as many old cities as possible, performed at a variety of venues, visited theatres, museums and exhibitions, met with contemporary artists.

Exhibition runs until 16 February 2020.


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