Shura Cherkassky

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Cherkassky, Shura

CHOPIN
Piano Concerto No.1
Piano Concerto No.2
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Adey
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Richard Hickox
Recorded: Studio 1, Broadcasting House, Glasgow, 3 December 1981 (No.1)
Royal Albert Hall, London, 30 August 1983 (No.2)

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Catalogue Number: ICAC 5085 , Artist:

Description

Shura Cherkassky (1911-1995) enjoyed a long career of over seventy years, rising to the forefront of internationally acclaimed concert pianists, first in America and, after 1961, in London, where he lived until his death. A pupil of the legendary Josef Hofmann at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, the highspots of his career for many remain his interpretations of the concertos of fellow Russian composers like Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. He is also classed alongside Horowitz and Rubinstein as a legendary and sensitive re-interpreter of the nineteenth-century Romantic repertory. Cherkassky with his phenomenal virtuosity, colour range, imagination and spontaneity made him the ideal Chopin interpreter. He never recorded the two Chopin Concertos commercially, so this is an important addition to his CD discography. Superbly remastered in excellent stereo sound.