Shura Cherkassky – in Concert, 1971
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Shura Cherkassky was one of the 20th century's finest pianists. In this previously unheard live recording, we hear him at the height of his powers delivering a stunning live performance. This is a substantial recital including 3 sonatas and 4 encore pieces; the concert lasts over 82 minutes. The Liszt Sonata, for instance, is a remarkable rendition, like no other, in which he plays with an overwhelmingly ferocious drama, glorious, sonorous tone, and an extraordinarily accurate technique.
This recording from 2 June 1971 was remastered using a tape recording found in Cherkassky's own personal music archive.
This is the first publication of the concert.
MOZART: Sonata No. 8, in A minor, K310
Remastered using a tape recording found in Cherkassky''s own personal archive
Recording date: 2 June 1971
(NB preview samples are in MP3 format)
“Any collectors wanting to discover why he was such an admired pianist need look no further: I’ve never heard a more engrossing Cherkassky performance than this….a phenomenal experience – and very warmly recommended” (International Record Review)
"...this account [Liszt Sonata] is completely and utterly engrossing from start to finish… [his] unmistakable personal sound, searing melancholy, fabulous dexterity, spontaneity, impish delight and an original musical mind. Above all, like the whole recital, it is as entertaining as it is compelling. Of how many can you say that today?” (Gramophone Magazine)
“Spontaneity in spades…thrilling to listen to…tremendously exciting…a splendid live recording” (BBC Radio 3 CD Review)
"...this is an important release, because of the repertoire and the great pianism it captures" (Classical Source)
"The towering Liszt Sonata receives a blazing, impetuous performance, as much in the Horowitz or Earl Wild tradition as we could demand for sheer virtuosity, but no less invested with improvised personal quirks and lyrical asides of haunted power" (Audiophile Audition *****)