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Shura Cherkassky: Piano Masterpieces (10 CDS)

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Shura Cherkassky Piano Masterpieces

Shura Cherkassky (piano), Harold Jackson (trumpet), Marcel Hubert (cello)

Herbert von Karajan, Anatole Fistoulari, Leopold Ludwig, Richard Kraus, Herbert Menges, Adrian Boult

Shura Cherkassky, born in 1909 in the Crimean port of Odessa, was noted among 20th century pianists for his wayward temperament. Even in old age, he still showed himself in full possession of seemingly effortless power. His extensive repertoire ranged the styles and the centuries. He loved the concert life, and he was a lifelong traveller. From 1928 to the start of the Second World War he was at home in the musical capitals of countries around the world; after the war was over, he developed a predilection for Europe. He was often dubbed a musician of the piano or of the keys, on account of the sounds he conjured up in his virtuosic and spontaneous playing of Liszt and Chopin or other Romantic composers. “Fidelity to the original” never was his sole preoccupation. In this respect he resembled his teacher, the great Josef C. Hofmann, at whose Curtis Institute in Philadelphia he studied once his family had found a new home in the USA in 1923. Before that he had been taught by his mother, who had studied the piano at the St Petersburg Conservatory and gained her diploma there. At the age of nine, Shura Cherkassky gave his first public concert. His childlike delight in playing certainly stayed with him all his life, audible today in the recordings he has left us.

Barber: Excursions Op. 20
Beethoven: Ecossaises (6) in E flat major, WoO 83
Berg: Piano Sonata, Op. 1
Brahms: Variations on a theme by Paganini in A minor, Op. 35
Chasins: Three Chinese Pieces
Cherkassky: Prélude Pathétique
Chopin: Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise, Op. 22
Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52
Chopin: Nocturne No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55 No. 1
Chopin: Polonaise No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 44
Chopin: Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54
Chopin: Waltz No. 14 in E minor, Op. post., KKIVa:15, B 56
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
Liadov: A Musical Snuffbox, Op. 32
Liszt: Fantasy on Hungarian Folk-tunes, S123
Liszt: Grand galop chromatique, S219
Liszt: Grandes Études de Paganini (6), S. 141
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies, S244 Nos. 1-19
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 1 in E major
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 2 in C sharp minor
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 3 in B flat major
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 4 in E flat major
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 5 in E minor 'Héroïde-élégiaque'
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 6 in D flat major
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 7 in D minor
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 8 in F sharp minor
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 9 in E flat major 'Pesther Carneval'
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 10 in E major 'Preludio'
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 11 in A minor
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 12 in C sharp minor
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 13 in A minor
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 14 in F minor
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 15 in A minor 'Rákóczy Marsch'
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 16 in A minor
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 17 in D minor
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 18 in F sharp minor
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 19 in D minor
Liszt: Liebesträume, S541 Nos. 1-3
Liszt: Liebestraum, S541 No. 1 (Nocturne in A flat major)
Liszt: Liebestraum, S541 No. 2 (Nocturne in E flat major)
Liszt: Liebestraum, S541 No. 3 (Nocturne in A flat major)
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124
Liszt: Réminiscences de "Don Juan" (after Mozart), S. 418
Liszt: Valse De L'opera Faust S407
Mendelssohn: 3 Fantasies (or Caprices) Op. 16
Mendelssohn: Preludes & Fugues (6) for piano, Op. 35
Mendelssohn: Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14
Mendelssohn: Songs without Words, Book 1 (6), Op. 19b
Mendelssohn: Song without Words, Op. 19b No. 1 in E major 'Sweet Remembrance'
Mendelssohn: Song without Words, Op. 19b No. 2 in A minor
Mendelssohn: Song without Words, Op. 19b No. 3 in A major 'Hunting Song'
Mendelssohn: Song without Words, Op. 19b No. 4 in A major
Mendelssohn: Song without Words, Op. 19b No. 5 in F sharp minor
Mendelssohn: Song without Words, Op. 19b No. 6 in G minor 'Venetianisches Gondellied'
Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, K330
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Poulenc: 3 Pièces
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16
Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19
Saint-Saëns: Le carnaval des animaux
Schumann: Fantasie in C major, Op. 17
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54
Schumann: Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 11
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor for piano, trumpet & strings, Op. 35
Stravinsky: Circus Polka
Stravinsky: Three Movements from Petrushka
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44

 


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