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Shura Cherkassky plays Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Stravinsky

Audio Samples

  1. Rachmaninov — Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Introduction: Allegro vivace - Variation 1: Precedente $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Rachmaninov — Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 4: Piu vivo $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Rachmaninov — Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 5: Tempo precedente $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Rachmaninov — Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 7: Meno mosso, a tempo moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Rachmaninov — Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 8: Tempo I $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Rachmaninov — Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 10: Poco marcato $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Rachmaninov — Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 11: Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Rachmaninov — Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 12: Tempo di minuetto $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Rachmaninov — Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 13: Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Rachmaninov — Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 15: Piu vivo scherzando $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Rachmaninov — Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 16. Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Rachmaninov — Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 17: (Allegretto) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Rachmaninov — Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 18: Andante cantabile $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Rachmaninov — Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 19: A tempo vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Rachmaninov — Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 20: Un poco piu vivo $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Rachmaninov — Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 21: Un poco piu vivo $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Rachmaninov — Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 22: Un poco piu vivo (Alla breve) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Rachmaninov — Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 24: A tempo un poco meno mosso $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Rachmaninov — Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83: I. Allegro inquieto - Poco meno - Andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Rachmaninov — Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83: II. Andante caloroso - Poco piu animato - Piu largamente - Un poco agitato $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Rachmaninov — Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 83: III. Precipitato $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Rachmaninov — 3 Movements from Petrushka: No. 1. Danse russe (Russian Dance) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Rachmaninov — 3 Movements from Petrushka: No. 3. La semaine grasse (The Shrove-tide Fair)
  24. Rachmaninov — Polka de WR $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Rachmaninov — Bourree Fantasque $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), for piano & orchestra in A minor,
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major ("War Sonata 2/Stalingrad"), Op. 83
>Stravinsky, Igor : Movements (3) from Pétrouchka
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Polka W.R., for piano in A flat major, TN ii/18
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Tambourins I and II, for harpsichord, violin & viol (Pièces de clavecin en concerts)
>Chabrier, Emmanuel : Bourrée 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, Sergey : Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Introduction and 24 Variations), for piano & orchestra in A minor,
  • Performer: Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
  • Conductor: Zdenek Macal
  • Ensemble: Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 20 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1934

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Sonata for Piano no 7 in B flat major ("War Sonata 2/Stalingrad"), Op. 83
  • Performer: Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • 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, Sergey : Polka W.R., for piano in A flat major, TN ii/18
  • 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