"this release is a fine memento of his art. Cherkassky was at his best with an audience, giving him an opportunity to present music spontaneously, off the cuff"
International Record Review
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"... bristles with incomparable energy and technical wizardry, and with those brilliant insights that could warm and melt even a Hindemith sonata" (The Telegraph)"This recital was recorded when he was 84, but his mastery is undimmed and his touch is as irresistibly magical as ever"
"Cherkassky’s way with 18th century music might seem cavalier in this purist age, but his Chopin is simply glorious, and his Liszt dazzling though never vulgar. His treatment of Hindemith and Berkely, meanwhile, has an asperity that also refutes conventional ideas of Cherkassky as an essentially Romantic artist. The man’s mercurial personality is apparent on every track and he plays with such athletic dexterity that it’s hard to believe he was in his 80s when the broadcast was made"
"A Cherkassky recital was one of life’s inenarrable treats and this live recording captures more vividly than most the experience ... A disc to treasure"
"a perfect illustration of the fact that he played pieces that he enjoyed, and communicated that enjoyment to the audience. He thrived in a live situation, where his imaginative way with the music could be caught on the wing"
BBC Music Magazine
- Classical CD of the Week -
"From the moment that Shura Cherkassky bustled onto the stage, you knew that you were going to enjoy yourself ... His imagination sparkles throughout - you only have to listen to his immaculate phrasing, his spectrum of keyboard colouring, his sheer rhythmic elan, to realise that those qualities fuelled interpretations of winning spontaneity"
The Daily Telegraph
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