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
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
IV. Finale: Presto, non tanto
“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.”
“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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