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Shura Cherkassky plays Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Stravinsky

Audio Samples

>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)

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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Works Details

>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