Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin so fast you can barely see his fingers

28 July 2017, 12:55 | Updated: 4 August 2017, 16:48

By Maddy Shaw Roberts

This performance is terrifyingly virtuosic, and unbelievably not sped up.

Sviatoslav Richter was a Soviet pianist, known for his virtuosic technique and vast repertoire, and widely considered one of the greatest pianist of the 20th century.

In this rare footage, he tackles Chopin’s Etude Op. 10 No. 4 in C-sharp minor, a solo piano study infamous among pianists for its continuous and simultaneous semiquavers in both hands. In other words, IT’S HARD.

But of course, he absolutely nails it. In fact, his fingers move so fast, it’s hard to believe they’re actually hitting the keys. 


Sviastoslav, we bask in your brilliance. Here's the complete performance for you to enjoy: