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Shura Cherkassky
Shura Cherkassky: The Historic 1940s Recordings
 
 
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Shura Cherkassky, piano.
Label Ivory Classics
Format 2 CDs
Runtime/Release Date 73'23,67'42/2001
UPC 644057200329
Daedalus Item Code 37072
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As a pupil of the legendary Josef Hofmann, Shura Cherkassky (1911–1995), was imbued with the 19th-century tradition of Romantic piano-playing. Mercurial and elfin, his performances are testaments to an art form that few could master.

"If it is true that Ivory Classics' earlier issue of his 1982 San Francisco Recital shows Cherkassky in all his glory—his Quixotic mix of high camp and charisma—their two-disc set of his 1940 recordings is scarcely less memorable. Whatever sparkles and enchants is here in profusion, whether in the scintillating triplet whirl of the Prelude from Saint-Saens' Prelude and Fugue or the Rachmaninov Polka where his peek-a-boo pianism (now you hear this voice; now you don't) teases the life out of pages of mock-polyphony. Liadov's Musical Snuffbox peters out with a magical sense of evocation and Morton Gould's Prelude and Toccata is a stunning display of sly wit and timing. You will rarely hear the final cascades in Chopin's Second Impromptu reeled off with such glistening insouciance or encounter a more intriguing way with the Fantaisie-impromptu. Best of all, in the same composer's Fantaisie, Cherkassky is so subtle and acute that you seem to hear this masterpiece for the first time, constantly alerted to voices and textures, angles and perspectives undreamed of by less audacious or exploratory artists."—Gramophone

"For sheer color it would be hard to beat these performances … some of the most beguiling studio recordings the pianist ever made. It's hard to imagine any keyboard aficionado who won't want to own them…. This is playing of consistently seductive imagination."—Fanfare

 
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