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Cherkassky plays works by Rameau, Haydn, Chopin, Liszt etc

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2007

Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

Shura Cherkassky

piano

Venue:

Wigmore Hall, London

29 October 1993

Producer:

Misha Donat



Record Label
Wigmore Hall

Genre:

Piano




Total Time - 76:22
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JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU

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1 

Gavotte variée (from suite in A minor)

7:37
   
 

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN

 

Piano Sonata in E minor HXVI:34

11:42  
2 Presto 3:41
3 Adagio 4:01
4 Vivace molto, innocentemente 3:57
   
 

PAUL HINDEMITH

 

Piano Sonata No.3 in B flat major

17:57  
5 Ruhig bewagt 4:23
6 Sehr lebhaft 2:41
7 Mässig schnell 5:46
8 Fuge: Lebhaft 5:02
   
 

FREDERIC CHOPIN

9 

Ballade No. 3 in A flat major Op. 47

7:21
10 

Nocturne in F sharp minor Op. 48 No. 2

7:50
11 

Mazurka in F sharp minor Op. 59 No. 3

3:02
12 

Mazurka in G major Op. 67 No. 1

1:27
   
 

LENNOX BERKELEY

13 

Preluse No. 5 (from Six Preludes Op. 23)

1:58
14 

Prelude No. 6 (from Six Preludes Op. 23)

2:06
15 

Polka Op. 5

1:54
   
 

FRANZ LISZT

16 

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C sharp minor

8:39
   
 

PYOTR IL'YICH TCHAIKOVSKY

17 

October: Chant d'automne (from the Seasons)

4:57


This live recording epitomises all that Cherkassky was renowned for – his prodigious talent, idiosyncratic interpretations and unfailingly thrilling performances. It features Haydn’s Piano Sonata in E minor Hob.XVI:34, Hindemith’s Piano Sonata No 3 in B flat major, Preludes 5 and 6 from Sir Lennox Berkeley’s Six Preludes Op.23, and works by Rameau, Liszt  and Chopin.

As one writer put it after a performance of a Chopin Nocturne: ‘Cherkassky clothed it in such velvety sonority you wanted to tie it up and take it home with you.’

"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

                      - CD of the Week -

"... 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"
 

The Independent


"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"
 

The Guardian

"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"

Gramophone

"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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