Shura Cherkassky plays Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Stravinsky

> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Introduction: Allegro vivace - Variation 1: Precedente
> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Theme: L'istesso tempo
> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 2: L'istesso tempo
> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 3: L'istesso tempo
> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 4: Piu vivo
> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 5: Tempo precedente
> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 6: L'istesso tempo
> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 7: Meno mosso, a tempo moderato
> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 8: Tempo I
> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 9: L'istesso tempo
> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 10: Poco marcato
> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 11: Moderato
> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 12: Tempo di minuetto
> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 13: Allegro
> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 14: L'istesso tempo
> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 15: Piu vivo scherzando
> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 16. Allegretto
> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 17: (Allegretto)
> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 18: Andante cantabile
> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 19: A tempo vivace
> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 20: Un poco piu vivo
> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 21: Un poco piu vivo
> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 22: Un poco piu vivo (Alla breve)
> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 23. L'istesso tempo
> Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 - Variation 24: A tempo un poco meno mosso
> Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83 - I. Allegro inquieto - Poco meno - Andantino
> Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83 - II. Andante caloroso - Poco piu animato - Piu largamente - Un poco agitato
> Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83 - III. Precipitato
> 3 Movements from Petrushka - No. 1. Danse russe (Russian Dance)
> 3 Movements from Petrushka - No. 2. Chez Petrouchka (Petrushka's Cell)
> 3 Movements from Petrushka - No. 3. La semaine grasse (The Shrove-tide Fair)
> Polka de WR - Polka de WR
> Les fetes d'Hebe: Tambourin (arr. L. Godowsky) - Les fetes d'Hebe: Tambourin (arr. L. Godowsky)
> Bourree fantasque - Bourree fantasque

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major, Op. 83
>Stravinsky, Igor : Movements (3) from Pétrouchka
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Lachtaubchen (Behr) "Polka de W.R."
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Tambourins I and II, for harpsichord, violin & viol (Pieces de clavecin en concerts)
>Chabrier, Emmanuel : Bourree fantasque, for piano (also for orchestra)
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Shura Cherkassky (1909 - 1995), one of the greatest piano virtuosos of his time, studied under Josef Hoffman. This CD features a 1970 WDR studio broadcast sourced from original master tapes of Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in superb stereo, a 1951 recording of Stravinsky's Petruschka and a favorite virtuosic work of Cherkassky's, in addition to Prokofiev's wartime Piano Sonata No.7 and Chabrier's Bouree Fantasque, which were recorded but never commercially released.

"The pianist’s irrepressible spirit shines through in Prokofiev’s Seventh Sonata and the Stravinsky pieces." -The Daily Telegraph



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>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
  • Performer: Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
  • Conductor: Zdenek Macal
  • Ensemble: Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 20 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1934

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major, Op. 83
  • Performer: Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1939-1942

>Stravinsky, Igor : Movements (3) from Pétrouchka
  • Performer: Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
  • Conductor: Zdenek Macal
  • Ensemble: Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 17 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Lachtäubchen (Behr) "Polka de W.R."
  • Performer: Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
  • Conductor: Zdenek Macal
  • Ensemble: Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Tambourins I and II, for harpsichord, violin & viol (Pièces de clavecin en concerts)
  • Performer: Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
  • Conductor: Zdenek Macal
  • Ensemble: Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741

>Chabrier, Emmanuel : Bourrée fantasque, for piano (also for orchestra)
  • Performer: Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
  • Conductor: Zdenek Macal
  • Ensemble: Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891