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on 16 September 2013
Shura Cherkassky didn't perform many of Mozart's sonatas and here is a genuine rarity - his only recording of the Sonata in A minor K310. He gives a delightful account of the work concentrating on its more lyrical qualities and producing some nimble finger work. Cherkassky's technique remained reliable to the end of his life (he died in London in 1995 aged 86)and at the time of this recital his command of the keyboard was astonishing. He gives a powerfully energetic, accurate and passionate performance of Liszt's masterwork for piano - the Sonata in B minor. He goes on to play Grieg's lovely Sonata in E minor finding a myriad of delights and colours in this neglected work. Another rarity follows - his friend Mana-Zucca's Burleske which is performed with the pianists usual charm and caprice. Cherkassky ends his recital with a huge paraphrase on themes from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin by Pavel Pabst. This virtuoso work was included in Shura's 80th (actually his 82nd) birthday recital at Carnegie Hall in December 1991. Here his playing is even more wonderfully characterised and effortlessly brilliant. Two encores end this enjoyable recital - a deeply nostalgic Etude in C sharp minor by Scriabin and Stravinsky's Russian Dance from Petrushka which is given an exuberant performance.
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on 8 January 2014
Wonderful touch. Light and full of feelings. He is one of the best pianist ever and I shall enjoy this for a long time.
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