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Shura Cherkassy - Chopin, Schubert


Release Date: 08/29/2007 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 433653   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz SchubertFrédéric ChopinAlexander ScriabinAnton Rubinstein,   ... 
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Chopin Preludes are lit from within with a kind of luminous tone that Cherkassky seems to produce at will... Elsewhere he is wonderfully vivacious, almost naughty, the bravura always at the service of the music.

Cherkassky 80—it seems impossible that the chirpy, imp-like figure seen bounding on to the platform with youthful enthusiasm on so many occasions can really be threescore and 20, but the calendar cannot lie. On disc he had been but intermittently represented, not least because he is a player of the moment's inspiration who dislikes the clinical anonymity of the studio. In the concert hall, energized and inspired by an audience's response, he can perform prodigies—as this CD gleaned from two LPs of different
Read more recitals in 1975, both of which I attended (if my memory is correct), proves. They were special occasions—what Cherkassky recital is not?—and they accurately represent his art, not to say his genius.

I well recall the effect of the Schubert, a performance possibly to alarm the disciplined Schubertian but one to entrance the rest of us, delighted to hear fresh light thrown on the work by this artist's idiosyncratic ways, and it is a piece, effervescent and elusive, that responds well to his light-fingered, transparent style.

Chopin has been, inevitably, a favourite of Cherkassky. He likes, as here, to pick and choose from the collections the pieces that suit him best, not necessarily the obvious ones. All the Preludes played here are lit from within with a kind of luminous tone that Cherkassky seems to produce at will. The three Etudes and the single Ballade show that he is quite as aware of form as any player more renowned for such things. The one Nocturne, like the Preludes, indicates that he fully empathizes with the elegiac side of Chopin's nature; indeed, for all his technical skill, Cherkassky can be a very inward pianist.

Serious matters over, a Cherkassky recital will inevitably end with those jeux d'esprit for which he is famous. The Albeniz Tango is as delicate as the lightest croissant, the Rubinstein Melody is caressed with a lover's intimacy, Rachmaninov's famous Polka de V. R. is wonderfully vivacious, almost naughty, the bravura always at the service of the music. The recording is clear and faithful; coughs are minimal. Buy at once.

-- Alan Blyth, Gramophone [10/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano in A major, D 664/Op. 120 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819/1825; Vienna, Austria 
2. Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 152/Op. 55: no 1 in F minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Paris, France 
3. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 4 in E minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
4. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 6 in B minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
5. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 7 in A major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
6. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 10 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
7. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 13 in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
8. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 17 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
9. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 20 in C minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
10. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 23 in F major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
11. Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 11: no 5 in D major by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888-1896; Russia 
12. Melodies (2) for Piano, Op. 3: no 1 in F major by Anton Rubinstein
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Russia 
13. Lachtäubchen (Behr) "Polka de W.R." by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911 
14. Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
15. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 7 in C sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
16. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 10 in B minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
17. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 4 in C sharp minor, B 74 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Poland 
18. Hojas de album (6), Op. 165 "España": no 2, Tango by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; London, England 
19. Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94: no 3 in F minor by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823-1828; Vienna, Austria 

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