Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 1956 and 1958, remastered at Abbey Road Studios in 2009 from the original EMI/HMV tapes.
Featuring many tracks never heard before on CD.
Most tracks are issued here in stereo for the first time.
Includes unpublished versions of Chopin Ballade No. 3 & Gershwin Preludes.
All tracks are issued here on CD for the first time in stereo.
Includes, for the first time on CD, Litolff's 'Scherzo' with BBC SO / Sargent.
A significant historical classical piano release to compliment the limited Cherkassky discography.
Substantial two hours worth of music.
"A performance of the greatest virtuosity and elegance" Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13 Gramophone, Nov 1957 (original mono version issue)
"[Beethoven, Poulenc, Chasins]…Cherkassky invests every one with enormous panache and wit. These are great performances that have more character in a single bar than the average modernday Wunderkind could find in a whole work…" Classical Source - mono version re-issue
“First Hand's classily presented two-disc set… is a treasure chest of Cherkassky rarities. …these studio recordings have the same vitality and spontaneity as his live performances. …the Hungarian Rhapsody No 13 and the Faust Waltz (especially the stunning coda) are examples of pure pianistic joie de vivre. But above all... 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.”
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