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Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Stravinsky / Cherkassky, et al

Album Summary

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 16
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 35
>Chasins, Abram : Chinese Pieces (3)
>Poulenc, Francis : Work(s)
>Stravinsky, Igor : Circus Polka
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in G minor, Op. 119/1
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Shura Cherkassky was considered to be one of the greatest romantic virtuosos of the 20th Century and he believed in being totally spontaneous, meaning that no two Cherkassky performances of the same piece were ever the same. The EMI studio performance of Prokofiev's 'Piano Concerto No.2' with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Herbert Menges from 1955 precedes Cherkassky's live account on BBC Legends. It has never been issued on CD before. The Shostakovich 'Piano Concerto No.1' licensed from EMI has also never appeared on CD before. Both recordings are wonderful examples of Cherkassky's exceptional virtuosity.



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>Prokofiev, Sergey : Concerto for Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 16
  • Performer: Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
  • Conductor: Herbert Menges
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (11/15/1954-11/16/1954)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1912-1913

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C minor, Op. 35
  • Performers: Shura Cherkassky (Piano); Harold Jackson (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Herbert Menges
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 21 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1933

>Chasins, Abram : Chinese Pieces (3)
  • Performer: Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (03/21/1956-03/22/1956)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Poulenc, Francis : Work(s) :: Toccata
  • Performer: Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (03/21/1956-03/22/1956)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Stravinsky, Igor : Circus Polka
  • Performer: Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Bagatelle for piano in G minor, Op. 119/1
  • Performer: Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (03/21/1956-03/22/1956)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1822