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The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings [Import]

Shura Cherassky , Bach/Busoni , Beethoven , Schubert , Chopin , Liszt , Litolff , Saint-Saens/Godowsky , Lyadov , Rachmaninov , Gershwin , Poulenc , Chasins , Sargent , BBC Symphony Orchestra , Cherkassky Audio CD
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  • Performer: Cherkassky
  • Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Sargent
  • Composer: Bach/Busoni, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, et al.
  • Audio CD (August 11, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: First Hand Records
  • ASIN: B00288AUU2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Chaconne, transcription for piano in D minor (after J. S. Bach, BWV 1004), KiV B24
2. Bagatelle for piano in G minor, Op. 119/1
3. Impromptu for piano in A flat major, D. 899/4 (Op. 90/4)
4. Mazurka for piano No. 7 in F minor, Op. 7/3, CT. 58
5. Waltz for piano No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 18, CT. 207
6. Nocturne for piano No. 8 in D flat major, Op. 27/2, CT. 115
7. Ballade for piano No. 2 in F major, Op. 38, CT. 3
8. Ballade for piano No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47, CT. 4
9. Hungarian Rhapsody, for piano No. 13 in A minor, S. 244/13 (LW A132/13)
10. Valse de l'opťra Faust, transcription for piano (after Gounod), S. 407 (LW A208)
Disc: 2
1. Concerto Symphonique for piano & orchestra No. 4 in D minor, Op. 102: Scherzo
2. The Swan (from 'Carnival of the Animals'), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements
3. Musical Snuffbox, for piano (or orchestra), Op. 32
4. Prelude for piano No.6 in G minor, Op. 23/5
5. Prelude for piano No.3 in B flat major, Op. 23/2
6. Preludes (3) for piano: No. 1 in B flat major
7. Preludes (3) for piano: No. 2 in C sharp minor
8. Preludes (3) for piano: No. 3 in E flat minor
9. Trois piŤces, for piano, FP 48: Toccata
10. Chinese Pieces (3) for piano: No. 1. A Shanghai Tragedy, Op. 7, No. 1
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Editorial Reviews

Like many other artists, the great Russian pianist Shura Cherkassky fled from what became Soviet Russia and settled in the USA. A student of Josef Hoffman, Cherkassky is considered by many critics to be the last great Romantic pianist. This release from the brand-new First Hand Records label is published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Cherkassky's birth. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 1956 and 1958, the set's 26 tracks were remastered at Abbey Road Studios from the original EMI/HMV tapes. Most are issued here in stereo for the first time and many have never before appeared on CD. Of special note are unpublished versions of Chopin's Ballade No. 3, the Gershwin Preludes and for the first time on CD, Litolff's Scherzo with BBC Symphony Orchestra led by Malcolm Sargent. This set, which features over two hours of music, is a significant historical piano release and provides a major boost to the limited Cherkassky discography currently available.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 14 YEARS ON August 11, 2009
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This very welcome reissue marks the centenary of Cherkassky's birth, but he is not all that long gone from among us. He died only 14 years ago, he was still performing until very near the end, and another of his recitals that I own is the formidable and demanding programme that he gave to mark his 80th birthday.

Cherkassky was a pupil of Hofmann, but from what little of Hofmann's work there is in my collection I would not say that Cherkassky's playing resembles his to any marked extent. Indeed it is not easy to find a close parallel for Cherkassky at all. His choice of repertory was distinctive, based in the 19th century but featuring a good deal of music that we used to call avant-garde as well as works on (or beyond) the outer fringes of what passes for classical. I don't know him in any 18th century music - this is the second performance I have from him of the Bach/Busoni Chaconne, but that is a piece that I file under Busoni and not under Bach. Listening to Cherkassky in this work might be expected to invite comparisons with Michelangeli, but again the approach is too dissimilar for comparisons to mean much to me. Similarly with the Rachmaninov B flat prelude, of which there is a legendary account by Richter. Cherkassky certainly does not displace Richter, but he is not trying to, and I find the contrast delightful and feel no need to rank them. Perhaps Cziffra comes closer, and there are a couple of Liszt numbers here, but I think I would still know this is not Cziffra even if I would find it hard to pinpoint the detailed difference.

What gets this 2-disc set a 5-star rating from me is the special service it provides to me as a music lover. It brings me more of the playing of the unique and irreplaceable Cherkassky.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Various Reviews from UK Press September 11, 2009
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<<This Cherkassky CD issue has been awarded the BEST REISSUE/VINTAGE RECORDING of 2008/09 by International Piano Magazine>>

DIAPASON D'OR (10/2010)
Master Magoo
The pianist Shura Cherkassky hasn't just got the small stature of the cartoon character. He also shares with him the ability to always get back up again, and a taste for the unexpected. Would you like to see?
Shura Cherkassky was quite a person. A pianist of Ukrainian origin, he emigrated to the USA after the Russian Revolution. He was a student of Josef Hofmann in Philadelphia and experienced rapid success in America before going out of fashion in the 1940s. As a result, he came back to Europe, where the sensitivity, spontaneity and enthusiasm of his performances reinforced his position amongst the heirs of the 19th century masters. Underneath his jovial `Mister Magoo' manner, he hid a nostalgic outlook. His life-story is as amazing as his style. He spent the last 40 years of his life in hotels, in rooms which he overheated. He rehearsed every day for exactly 4 hours and if anything unforeseen stopped him, he would carry over to the following day any minutes he had missed...
His mother, Lydia, who was his first teacher, was also a pianist - indeed she even played in front of Tchaikovsky. To make her son appear even more of a master, she tried to make out he was 2 years younger than he actually was, stating he was born in 1911 when in fact he was born on 7th October 1909, in Odessa. On the 100th anniversary of his (real) birth date, a small British label unearthed some unedited tapes, recorded in Abbey Road studios at the end of the 1950s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tantalising, Spontaneous & Charismatic. April 5, 2013
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Reviewers, with more knowledge than I, have used those words over the many years when describing Shura Cherkassky's piano playing. Always his own man with regards to his treatment of all composer's works, his earlier recordings exhibit much more formality than those recorded later in his brilliant career. This 2 CD set from his short continuous period with HMV and the iconic Abbey Road Studio No 3 (specially designed to have the best reverberation characteristics for a grand piano) falls into my assessment as 'earlier'. This does not mean they're in a straight-jacket or in any way inhibited.
His inate ability to draw out composers' melodies, dynamics and phrasing is so creative, yet so emotionally satisfying. Testament and Ivory Classics have released other HMV (EMI) recordings from the 1940s and early 1950s in mono. This set is all in very early stereo (1956-58) and sound very good.If you've bought later Cherkassky recordings, this HMV set will make a much more rounded addition to your collection.[ASIN:B00288AUU2 The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings]
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