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Shura Cherkassky plays Tchaikovsky & Mussorgsky / Solti, London Symphony

Release Date: 11/23/2004 
Label:  Bbc Legends   Catalog #: 4160   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Peter Ilyich TchaikovskyModest MussorgskyShura CherkasskyNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Shura Cherkassky's performance of the Tchaikovsky warhorse, where he teams up with Georg Solti and the London Symphony Orchestra, is wonderfully alive and never heavy, but instead volatile in a debonair manner, if that’s at all possible. He gives life to the endless arpeggios and octaves taken so over-seriously by lesser artistes. The London Symphony Orchestra and Solti are hand-in-hand with Cherkassky.

There is an almost hypnotic quality about his playing in the Mussorgsky which is captivating, though far less sombre than Richter’s many live versions, including the famous ‘Sofia’. The narrative quality of Cherkassky’s playing is again brought to the fore, with an atmospheric ‘Old Castle’ and ‘Bydlo, a
Read more whimsical and superbly characterized ‘Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks’, with ‘Samuel Goldenberg und “Schmuÿle’ bringing a full palette of colours to the table. His ‘Promenades’ range from pensiveness to grand, weighty, nearly orchestral crashing chords, punctuating the ‘pictures’ themselves marvellously. Wave after wave of colour are brought out in ‘Catacombes’, with a shimmering, superbly articulated island of serenity in the promenade preceding Baba Yagar, who is chillingly, wonderfully depicted. His handling of the ‘Great Gate of Kiev’ is majestic, yet lacking no finesse in the octaves, the bells insistent in their pealing in the triumphant, moving conclusion. The bravos that follow are richly deserved. A must-buy for the Mussorgsky. The two pieces that follow are excellent encores.

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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Venue:  Live  Royal Festival Hall, London, England 
Notes: Composition written: Russia (1874 - 1875). 
Pictures at an Exhibition for Piano by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1982 
Venue:  Wigmore Hall, London, England 
Prelude pathetique by Shura Cherkassky
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1982 
Tale of Tsar Saltan: Suite, Op. 57 - Flight of the bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; Russia 
Date of Recording: 1982 
Notes: Arranger: Sergei Rachmaninov. 

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 Solti and Cherkassky together again (?) August 31, 2019 By Larry  M. (FT. Walton Beach , FL) See All My Reviews "While the recording could've been a bit better, it's the playing that sustains this CD. I've never heard either of these pieces played better. Thank you, BBC." Report Abuse
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