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Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Christopher Adey, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Richard Hickox, BBC Symphony Orchestra / Shura Cherkassky, piano

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
>Chopin, Frédéric : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Shura Cherkassky enjoyed a long career of over 70 years, rising to the forefront of internationally acclaimed concert pianists. His phenomenal virtuosity, color, range, and spontaneity made him the ideal Chopin interpreter. Because he never commercially recorded the Chopin Concertos, this is an important addition to his CD discography. Superbly remastered in excellent stereo sound.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
The piano sounds better; I'm sure it's a better instrument and in better condition.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2013
Maddening or enchanting - Cherkassky could veer from one to the other...And here, in performances dating from 1981 and 1983, when Cherkassky was in his seventies, there is a characteristic if extreme example of failure and success...An odd mix, then, but more than worth it for the Second Concerto.

MusicWeb International, 10th May 2013
Cherkassky's reputation as an iconoclast and individualist meant that accompanying him in concertos could be fraught with danger. This disc shows both sides of the Cherkassky coin...For Cherkassky collectors, though, this is clearly a valuable, albeit uneven, acquisition.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Royal Albert Hall, London (08/30/1983); Studio 1, Broadcasting House, Glasgow, Scotland (08/30/1983); Royal Albert Hall, London (12/03/1981); Studio 1, Broadcasting House, Glasgow, Scotland (12/03/1981).



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Works Details

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11
  • Performer: Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
  • Conductor: Christopher Adey
  • Ensemble: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 42 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1830

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Concerto for Piano no 2 in F minor, B 43/Op. 21
  • Performer: Shura Cherkassky (Piano)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 32 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1830