Genre(s):
Instrumental
Period(s):
20th Century; Classical (1750-1830); Romantic
Label:
Orfeo
Catalogue No:
C882132B
Barcode:
4011790882123
Release Date:
07/2018
Available Format(s):
CD

Mozart|Schumann|Chopin|Mussorgsky|Barber|Shura Cherkassky

Shura Cherkassky was characterized by a degree of “unpredictability” not least in matters of programme planning. This pianist was several times a guest at the Salzburg Festival, but it was perhaps precisely his ability to display his virtuosity in music of the most varied constellations and epochs that meant he remained less fixed in the collective memory of the Festival audiences than did many a prominent colleague. But if one hears the recording of his solo concert from 1961, one is not surprised that the brilliance of Cherkassky’s piano playing was at the time appreciated as much as the sense of balance that he achieved in his interpretations. Thus in the concert documented on this CD he was able to follow a well-proportioned interpretation of Mozart’s Sonata K 330 with Schumann’s high-Romantic C-major Fantasy and then contrasted a powerful performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with Barber’s trenchant Excursions. With Chopin’s Nocturne op. 55/1 and the Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante, Cherkassky finally arrived at the composer with whom his name is perhaps most associated today.


Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Piano Sonata No. 10 in C Major, K. 330
1.     I. Allegro moderato
06:06
2.     II. Andante cantabile
05:50
3.     III. Allegretto
05:50

Schumann, Robert

Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17
4.     I. Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen - Im Legendenton - Erstes tempo
12:48
5.     II. Mässig
07:02
6.     III. Langsam getragen
10:47

Mussorgsky, Modest Petrovich

Pictures at an Exhibition
7.     I. Gnomus
03:21
8.     II. Old Castle
04:33
9.     III. Tuileries
01:16
10.     IV. Bydlo
03:03
11.     V. Ballet of the Chickens in their Shells
01:04
12.     VI. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle
03:28
13.     VII. The Market-Place at Limoges
01:20
14.     VIII. Catacombae (Sepulcrum romanum) -
03:50
15.     IX. The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga)
02:43
16.     X. The Great Gate at Kiev
05:05

Disc 2

Barber, Samuel

Excursions, Op. 20
1.     I. Un poco allegro
02:47
2.     II. In slow blues tempo
04:21
3.     III. Allegretto
02:21
4.     IV. Allegro molto
02:47

Chopin, Fryderyk

Nocturne No. 15 in F Minor, Op. 55, No. 1
5.     Nocturne No. 15 in F Minor, Op. 55, No. 1
05:25
Andante spianato and Grande polonaise brillante in E-Flat Major, Op. 22 (version for solo piano)
6.     Andante spianato and Grande polonaise brillante in E-Flat Major, Op. 22 (version for solo piano)
12:39

Total Playing Time: 01:48:26