Richter, The Enigma (I)

A moving testimony

Memoirs from Beyond the Grave of the greatest pianist of all time.

At the end of his life – he died on August 1st, 1997 -, the great Russian pianist agreed to talk in front of a camera to Bruno Monsaingeon and to recollect his beginnings. In a conversation interspersed with fascinating archive footage, Richter presents us with his memoirs from beyond the grave.

His birth, in Ukraine in 1915, the day when he decided to become a pianist, when he was 15, playing before a few friends and the most intimate confession, "I don't like myself." Richter also evokes his unusual apprenticeship to the piano, his meeting with the famous professor Heinrich Neuhaus and with the singer Nina Dorliac who became his companion, the wound due to his family background, that never healed and his presence at Stalin's funeral.

His recollections include memories of the greatest musicians of the 20th century who were his partners and friends, David Oïstrakh, Benjamin Britten, Serge Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, whom we discover with him in these archives never released before.

Composed of two seventy-seven-minute episodes, this film is among those that leave a lasting impression.

Duration : 01 h 17 min
Production date : 1998
Production : © Idéale Audience / IMG Artists / La Sept ARTE / Imalyre Groupe France Télécom
Available version(s) : RU ST EN, RU ST FR

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