Shura Cherkassky

BBC Legends: BBCL42542

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Shura Cherkassky

Catalogue No:

BBCL42542

Series:

Pianists

Discs:

1

Release date:

27th April 2009

Barcode:

0684911425420

Length:

76 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Shura Cherkassky

Recorded: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 1 November 1970


Mendelssohn:

Andante and Rondo capriccioso in E major Op. 14

Schubert:

Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959

Schumann:

Carnaval, Op. 9

Der Contrabandiste

arr. Tausig

Tchaikovsky:

Lullaby, Op. 16 No. 1

arr. Rachmaninov


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This is the seventh Shura Cherkassky release to appear on BBC Legends and follows a succession of very well reviewed and much sought after broadcasts made by this wonderfully individual pianist.

The recital from London's Queen Elizabeth Hall on 1 November 1970 in atmospheric stereo features a number of works which are very rare for this artist such as the Schubert Sonata D.959 which he recorded for the World Record Club in 1960 and has never been issued since.

The Tchaikovsky arr: Rachmaninov: Cradle Song in A flat minor Op. 16 No.1 is new to Cherkassky's discography.

Others such as Mendelssohn's Andante and Rondo Capriccioso in E Op.14, and Schumann arr. Tausig: Der Contrabandiste are rare additions to his recorded legacy.

Beautiful remastering by Paul Baily.

Felix Mendelssohn: Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14

Rondo capriccioso in E major, Op. 14

Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D. 959

I. Allegro

II. Andantino

III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace - Trio: Un poco piu lento

IV. Rondo: Allegretto

Robert Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9

No. 1. Preambule

No. 2. Pierrot

No. 3. Arlequin

No. 4. Valse noble

No. 5. Eusebius

No. 6. Florestan

No. 7. Coquette

No. 8. Replique

No. 9. Papillons

No. 10. ASCH - SCHA (Lettres dansantes)

No. 11. Chiarina

No. 12. Chopin

No. 13. Estrella

No. 14. Reconnaissance

No. 15. Pantalon et Colombine

No. 16. Valse allemande

No. 17. Intermezzo: Paganini

No. 18. Aveu

No. 19. Promenade

No. 20. Pause

No. 21. Marche des Davidsbundler contre les Philistins

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: 6 Romances, Op. 16: No. 1. Cradle Song (arr. S. Rachmaninov)

6 Romances, Op. 16: No. 1. Cradle Song (arr. S. Rachmaninov)

Robert Schumann: Spanisches Liederspiel, Op. 74: No. 10. Der Kontrabandiste (arr. C. Tausig)

Spanisches Liederspiel, Op. 74: No. 10. Der Kontrabandiste (arr. C. Tausig)

BBC Music Magazine

September 2009

*****

“…Cherkassky's wonderful tone and sensitivity to colour, nuance and atmosphere makes the Schubert the high point of the disc.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“The live Queen Elizabeth Hall recital opens with quintessential Cherkassky. A more perfect rendition of Mendelssohn's Andante and Rondo capriccioso you are unlikely ever to hear, deftly executed with a bewitching feather-light delicacy. That said, Cherkassky in heavyweight German repertoire was always less clear cut. Here he plays Schubert's late A major Sonata, a work he visited infrequently. While it is the melody rather than the drama that attracts him, it is difficult not to fall under the beguiling spell of what you are hearing. Carnaval, too, for all its idiosyncratic moments, offers a masterclass in colouring and touch – who else can produce such a ravishing pianissimo or make an apparent crescendo and decrescendo on a single note? The Rachmaninov transcription (Cherkassky at his most melancholy) is new to the pianist's official discography.
First Hand's classily presented two-disc set of the complete HMV stereo recordings made in 1956 and 1958 is a treasure chest of Cherkassky rarities. Of the 20 works here, all released for the first time in stereo, 12 have never previously appeared on CD, among them the five Chopin titles and the Bach-Busoni Chaconne. While he was generally at his best in front of an audience, these studio recordings have the same vitality and spontaneity as his live performances. The Litolff Scherzo is a delicious musical soufflé while the Hungarian Rhapsody No 13 and the Faust Waltz (especially the stunning coda) are examples of pure pianistic joie de vivre. But above all – and this applies to both discs – are the sheer beauty of sound, individuality of conception and musical imagination that Cherkassky brings to whatever takes his fancy. Required listening for all students of the piano.”

Gramophone Magazine

August 2009

“A more perfect rendition of Mendelssohn's Andante and Rondo capriccioso you are unlikely ever to hear, deftly executed with a bewitching feather-light delicacy. Carnaval, too, for all its idiosyncratic moments, offers a masterclass in colouring and touch - who else can produce such a ravishing pianissimo or make an apparent crescendo and decrescendo on a single note?”

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