Tchaikovsky - Piano Sonata in C sharp minor - Grand Sonata in G - Feinberg - Richter
Piano Sonata in C sharp minor, Op. 80 (1865) Samuel Feinberg, Piano - Grand Sonata in G major, Op. 37 (1878) - Sviatoslav Richter, Piano
While Tchaikovsky's C sharp minor sonata carries a late opus number (thanks to a later publisher), it's actually an early work. At any rate, it's quite superbly performed here in a 1950s recording by pianist Samuel Feinberg.
The Grand Sonata in G major is indeed a somewhat later work and Richter's performance is definitely in every sense "grand" - with some electrifying moments added for good measure.
Once upon a time, these two works were considered marginal for the usual set of "well-founded" reasons, thus condemned to an existence of relative obscurity (unfortunately, I'm unaware of their current appreciation status). Performances such as these, however - rare as they are - only reinforce the fact that it often entirely depends upon who is doing the performing. Critical judgements are fairly easy to manufacture; artists capable of overturning such judgements come along perhaps once in a generation or so (if we're lucky).
LP transfer / restorations of material issued mid-1950s, 1979 (Westminster, Odyssey / Melodiya)
Includes original covers and notes.
Note: Since the acoustical qualities of the Richter recording suggest that it might have been a live performance (no pertinent information is given on the album), the sound - outside routine noise reduction - has be left more or less as it is. This is not in the interest of "authenticity" alone - but in order to preserve the immediacy and presence of the recording.