HD-Vinyl Mono 24/96 (DGG) Peter Tchaikowsky – Piano Concerto No. 2 (Cherkassky)

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For some listeners Shura Cherkassky will take some getting used to since he comes from the Romantic school of pianists who believed that the player was equally as important to the performance of music as the composer. This idea changed around the 1930s when the pianist was seen more as a performer and less as an interpreter. Mr. Cherkassky was somewhat unpredictable in his choice of tempi and on more than one occasion a concerto performance would find the Cherkassky and the orchestra in different places.
This recording here is among Shura Cherkassky’s best; his keyboard work is dazzling and well-supported by the Berlin Philharmonic. The Second Piano Concerto has had its supporters and detractors over the years but I have always found it stimulating and an antidote to the over-played First concerto. Shura Cherkassky plays the edition by Alexander Siloti which made some substantial cuts from Tchaikovsky’s original version.

Composer: Peter Tchaikowsky
Performer: Shura Cherkassky
Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Richard Kraus
Vinyl 1961
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis: DR 14

Size: 362 MB

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Server: FF
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HD-Vinyls 24/96 (DGG) Franz Liszt – Mazeppa, Hung. Rhapsodies 4+5, Hung. Fantasy for Piano & Orchestra (Karajan, Cherkassky)

front-small-boxsetHerbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonics offer a great selection of the pianist/composer’s works aside from his Concertos on this record. But for me the star of this set is not Herbie but pianist Shura Cherkassky, one of the last great “romantic” pianists. An enormously popular figure at the dawn of the LP era, Cherkassky has slipped into obscurity half a century later.

# Composer: Franz Liszt
# Performer: Shura Cherkassky
# Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: DGG
# DR-Analysis: DR 12
# Size: 1.09 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory

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