Shura Cherkassky

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Shura Cherkassky

Catalogue No:

BBCL42122

Series:

Pianists

Discs:

1

Release date:

29th May 2007

Barcode:

0684911421224

Length:

78 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Shura Cherkassky


Berg:

Piano Sonata, Op. 1

Brahms:

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

Chopin:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

Handel:

Keyboard Suite, HWV 430 in E major 'The Harmonious Blacksmith': Air & Variations

Prokofiev:

Toccata in D minor, Op. 11

Skalkottas:

15 Little Variations for Piano


Recorded: BBC Studios, London, 21 April 1963 / 15 December 1964

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George Frideric Handel: Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E major, HWV 430

Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E major, HWV 430: IV. Air and variations, "Harmonious Blacksmith"

Johannes Brahms: 25 Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

Aria - Variations 1-4

Variations 5-6

Variations 7-8

Variations 9-12

Variations 13-18

Variations 19-21

Variations 22-25

Fugue

Alban Berg: Piano Sonata, Op. 1

Piano Sonata, Op. 1

Nikos Skalkottas: 15 Little Variations, AK75c

15 Little Variations, AK75c

Sergey Prokofiev: Toccata in D minor, Op. 11

Toccata in D minor, Op. 11

Fryderyk Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

I. Allegro maestoso

II. Scherzo: Molto vivace

III. Largo

IV. Finale: Presto, non tanto

BBC Music Magazine

March 2008

*****

“Cherkessk was the most mischievous of pianists, but on this disc he demonstrates the breadth of his range with a wonderful Berg Sonata, a poignant Chopin Third Sonata, and grand Brahms in the Handel Variations. A master.”

International Record Review

September 2007

“Chopin’s B minor Sonata is worth close attention, particularly regarding Cherkassky’s phrasing and projection of the first-movement second subject – very beautiful, without spoiling the inherent momentum of the music….Overall this is a distinguished performance which was well worth issuing, as was the rest of the programme on this very well-filled disc.”

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