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Shura Cherkassky: Mozart Piano Sonata No 8

Magazine article Gramophone

Shura Cherkassky: Mozart Piano Sonata No 8

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Shura Cherkassky

Mozart Piano Sonata No 8, K310 Liszt Piano Sonata, S178 Grieg Piano Sonata, Op 7 Mana Zucca Burleske, Op 261 Pabst Paraphrase on 'Eugene Onegin' (Tchaikovsky), Op 81 Scriabin Etude, Op 1 No 2 Stravinsky Petrushka--Russian Dance Shura Cherkassky pf First Hand [B] FHR19 (82' * ADD) Recorded live at an unknown location, June 2, 1971

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Cherkassky's 1971 recital from a mystery location

The tape of this 1971 recital comes from Shura Cherkassky's own private collection housed at the British Library, but no one has established exactly where it took place. The piano sound is a little chalky but instantly recognisable as Cherkassky.

His Mozart--a composer he did not play often--may not appeal to purists but his performance of the A minor Sonata (new to his discography) let me hear the music with fresh ears, the tiny uncharacteristic slip he makes at 0'52" notwithstanding. The Liszt Sonata is occasionally wayward, with some puzzling decisions, but this account is completely and utterly engrossing from start to finish. …

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