Shura Cherkassky ∙ German Radio Recordings 1952-1958


Devotees of the art of Shura Cherkassky will be overjoyed at the release of these preserved German radio recordings between 1952 and 1958. These performances have never been released before. This CD has quite a variety of music by Haydn, Chopin, Poulenc, Chasins and includes a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini from 1954. Cherkassky never tries to overwhelm the listner by technical bombast or gushing sentimentaly.

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SHURA CHERKASSKY plays Haydn, Chopin, Poulenc, Chasins & Rachmaninoff

Haydn: Piano Sonata No 34 in E Minor, Hob XVI:34
Chopin: Ballade No 1 in G minor, Op 23
Chopin: Impromptu No 3 in G-flat Major, Op 51
Chopin: Impromptu No 4 In C Sharp minor, Op 66
Chopin: Scherzo No 1 in B minor, Op 20
Chasins: 3 Chinese Pieces, Op 5

Recorded ∙ 27 February 1958 ∙ Bremen ∙ Funksaal ∙ Radio Bremen ∙ Radio Studio Recording

Poulenc: II. Toccata, from 3 Pièces, FP 48
Recorded ∙ 01 February 1952 ∙ Bremen ∙ Studio J ∙ Radio Bremen ∙ Radio Studio Recording

Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op 43
Shura Cherkassky ∙ piano
Sinfonieorchester des Süddeutschen Rundfunk
Hans Müller-Kray ∙ conductor

Recorded ∙ 23 March 1954 ∙ Stuttgart ∙ Villa Berg ∙ Süddeutscher Rundfunk ∙ Radio Studio Recording

Article number: MC 1033
UPC barcode: 791154054093
Recording dates: 1952-1958
Release date: March 2015
Total timing: 74:55
Booklet: 8 Pages
From the Original Masters ∙ © 2015 Meloclassic

January 2016 ∙ Audiophile Audition ∙ Gary Lemco ∙ Shura Cherkassky plays Haydn, Chopin, Poulenc, Chasins & Rachmaninoff
Cherkassky’s appearances in Germany in the 1950s confirm his status as a master colorist. The rarified art of pianist Shura Cherkassky (1909-1995) has another important document in these 1952-1958 recital pieces and the Rachmaninov Rhapsody from, respectively, Bremen and Southwest German Radio.
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