Sviatoslav Richter Bibliography
[ Editions Van de Velde ] Sviatoslav Richter, Richter - ecrits, conversations
edited by Bruno Monsaingeon,
in French.
published by: Editions Van de Velde / Arte editions / Actes Sud. 1998
The book is in four sections:
  1. Introduction, by Bruno Monsaingeon
  2. Conversations avec Sviatoslav Richter - Richter par lui meme
  3. Carnets musicales
  4. Annexe: Richter en chiffres, a complete record of Richter's repertoire and public appearances.

The first (French) edition includes a CD by Live Classics, recorded July 3, 1994 at Wildbad Kreuth:
Reger: Beethoven Variations for two pianos, Andreas Lutchewitz first piano, Sviatoslav Richter second piano.

For more information, write to Actes Sud at The book may be ordered on the Web from Librairie Chapitre at The email address is

Chikuma Shobou Bruno Monsaingeon, translated by Yoshikazu Nakaji amd Keisuke Suzuki, Richter
published by Chikuma Shobou, Tokyo, 2000.
ISBN: 4-480-88512-9
price: 7,500 Yen
Note: The publishers have a web page (, but in Japanese only, and they do not sell their products on-line.
Faber Bruno Monsaingeon, Sviatoslav Richter
published by Faber & Faber, London, on 19 March 2001.
432 pages
ISBN: 0 5712 0553 4
Bruno Monsaingeon and Stewart Spencer (translator), Sviatoslav Richter
published by Princeton University Press on 1 March 2001.
432 pages
ISBN: 0 6910 7438 0
For more information, visit the Princeton University Press web site.
Note: the Princeton edition is exactly the same as the Faber edition.
Первое издание. Пер. с фр.
Ф-т 70х100 1/16, 480 с., ил.

В книге представлены шесть тетрадей личных дневников С. Рихтера и уникальные записи бесед автора с одним из самых закрытых гениев ХХ века.
Французский режиссер Бруно Монсенжон, создатель знаменитых фильмов о музыкантах, три года, вплоть до смерти Маэстро, вел аудиозапись и видеосъемку разговоров с великим пианистом. На этом материале был создан фильм "Рихтер непокоренный", ставший сенсацией. Человек, которого мы знали совершенно с другой стороны, перед камерой делился самыми неожиданными суждениями о музыке и музыкантах. "Он ненавидел позировать и испытывал отвращение к любой саморекламе", - рассказывает Монсенжон. Все записи, оставшиеся "за кадром", впоследствии вошли в эту книгу.
В Британии, Франции, США и Японии "литературная исповедь" Рихтера пережила уже не одно издание и всякий раз расходилась моментально. Отечественное издание выгодно отличается от зарубежных тем, что в нем впервые опубликованы все дневники полностью.

published by Klassika XXI
480 p., illus.
ISBN 5-89817-050-2

In the book are represented six notebooks of the personal diaries of S. Richter and unique memoranda of the conversation of the author with one of the most closed geniuses of the twentieth century.

The French director of Bruno Monsenzhon, the creator of famous films about musicians, for three years, up to the death of the maestro, conducted and recorded conversations with the great pianist. On this material was created the film "Richter not subdued", that became sensation. The man, whom we knew completely from other side, before the camera shared the most unexpected judgments about the music and the musicians. "He hated to sit and experienced aversion to any self-advertisement", says Monsenzhon. All records, which remained "after the sequence", subsequently entered into this book.

In Britain, France, USA and Japan the "literary confession" of Richter survived no longer than one publication and every time it sold out immediately. Domestic publication differs significantly from the foreign in the fact that in it all diaries are for the first time published completely.

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