Robert Schumann's Blumenstück, op 19, performed by Sviatoslav Richter.
Sviatoslav Teofilovich Richter (March 20 1915 – August 1, 1997) was a Soviet pianist well known for the depth of his interpretations, virtuoso technique, and vast repertoire. He is widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century.
Mr. Richter's relationship with the Soviet leadership was ambiguous. He was no dissident, though in 1960 he performed (on an old upright piano) at the funeral of his friend, the censured author Boris Pasternack, an act that took courage at the time. Afterward several of Mr. Richter's planned tours to the United States and England were canceled, including appearances in London and at the Edinburgh Festival in 1962. Ill health was given as the reason, but it was rumored that Soviet officials were worried about his emotional stability.
There are intense pressures on members of a group not to support an outcast, thereby heightening the isolation of the outcast. Independent-minded people will be depicted as emotionally unstable in any authoritarian regime.
Incidentally, notice the melodic similarity to Schumann's Pictures from the East, op. 66, a much later piece (below).