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Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini; Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 7; Stravinsky: Three Scenes From Petruschka

Rachmaninoff / Cherkassky / Krso / Macal
Release Date: 05/31/2011 
Label:  Ica Classics   Catalog #: 5020   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovSergei ProkofievIgor StravinskyJean-Philippe Rameau,   ... 
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky
Conductor:  Zdenek Macal
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Piano enthusiasts drawn to Shura Cherkassky's charismatic and capricious artistry will find the previously unpublished Cologne radio broadcasts contained on this release both valuable and fascinating. A 1970 Rachmaninov Paganini Rhapsody reveals Cherkassky's generally lyrical approach to the piano part, and his fondness for spontaneous dynamic inflections and rounding off phrases. For the most part, tempos are slow to the point of sedate (Variations 12 through 14 particularly drag), although there are moments when the performance perks up and Cherkassky's cream-coated filigree becomes energized, such as in Variation 15 and the group of four following the famous Variation 18. I suspect that the overly resonant acoustic contributes to the Read more performance's less than incisive impression.

The solo selections date from between 1951 and 1953 and include a relaxed yet compelling, individually shaped Prokofiev Seventh sonata (a work Cherkassky otherwise did not record) that markedly differs from Horowitz's driving intensity. Cherkassky apparently coached Stravinsky's Three Scenes from Petrushka with the composer, yet I've never been convinced by the pianist's slow and clunky way with the Danse Russe, although his soft pedal effects throughout the Shrove-Tide Fair add appreciable color and character to a movement that others play with more bravura and power.

However, the Rachmaninov Polka de V.R. and Rameau/Godowsky Tambourin show off Cherkassky's tonal palette at its best, along with his scampering élan and effortless passagework in Chabrier's Bourée fantasque, another work new to the pianist's discography. For Cherkassky fans, the Prokofiev and Chabrier alone are worth the price of this disc.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Conductor:  Zdenek Macal
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/17/1970 
Venue:  Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne 
Length: 20 Minutes 20 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939-1942; USSR 
Date of Recording: 01/21/1951 
Venue:  Saal 2, Funkhaus, WDR Cologne 
Length: 19 Minutes 40 Secs. 
3.
Pétrouchka: Three movements for Piano by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Conductor:  Zdenek Macal
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; France 
Date of Recording: 01/21/1951 
Venue:  Saal 2, Funkhaus, WDR Cologne 
Length: 17 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4.
Lachtäubchen (Behr) "Polka de W.R." by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Conductor:  Zdenek Macal
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911 
Date of Recording: 03/03/1953 
Venue:  Villa Berg, Stuttgart, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
5.
Pièces de clavecin en concerts: 3rd Concert - Tambourins I and II by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Conductor:  Zdenek Macal
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741 
Date of Recording: 03/03/1953 
Venue:  Villa Berg, Stuttgart, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
6.
Bourrée fantasque by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Conductor:  Zdenek Macal
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 1951 
Venue:  Munich 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 

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