SHURA CHERKASSKY – The Ambassador Auditorium Recitals, Pasadena, California, USA, 1981–1989 (5CD)

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SHURA CHERKASSKY piano
The Ambassador Auditorium Recitals Pasadena, California, USA, 1981–1989

All recordings are first releases

29 APRIL 1981
CD1 [00:00]
Frédéric CHOPIN (1810–1849)
1. Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23
2. Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2
3. Nocturne No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1
4–5. Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante in E flat major, Op. 22

Interval

6. Fantaisie in F minor, Op. 49
7. Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp major, Op. 36
8. Fantaisie-impromptu in C sharp minor, Op. 66
9. Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31

Encores:
10. Nocturne No. 3 in B major, Op. 9, No. 3
11. Waltz No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42, ‘Grande valse’


13 JANUARY 1982
CD2 [71:06]
Jean-Baptiste LULLY (1632–1687)
1–5. Suite de Pièces

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809–1847)
6. Scherzo a Capriccio in F sharp minor, Op. 5

Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840–1893)
7–10. Grand Sonata in G major, Op. 37

Interval

Frédéric CHOPIN
11. Polonaise No. 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, ‘Polonaise-fantaisie’ [10:52]
12. Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

CD3 [72:19]
Józef (Josef) HOFMANN (1876–1957)
Charakterskizzen, Op. 40 (1908)
13. No. 4. Kaleidoskop

Franz LISZT (1811–1886)
14. Réminiscences de Don Juan, S418 (1841)

Encores:
Shura CHERKASSKY
(1909–1995)
15. Prélude pathétique (1922)

Frédéric CHOPIN
16. Waltz No. 5 in A flat major, Op. 42, ‘Grande valse’ (1840)


Recorded 18 NOVEMBER 1987
César FRANCK (1822–1890)
1–3. Prélude, Choral et Fugue, M. 21 (1884)

Robert SCHUMANN (1810–1856)
4–23. Carnaval, Op. 9 (1834–35)

Interval

CD4 [53:26]
Sergey RACHMANINOV (1873–1943)
1. Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op. 42 (1931)

Józef (Josef) HOFMANN
Charakterskizzen, Op. 40 (1908)
2. No. 4. Kaleidoskop

Frédéric CHOPIN
3. Nocturne No. 15 in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1 (1844)
4. Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60 (1846)

Franz LISZT
5. Valse de l’opéra Faust de Gounod, S407/R166 (1861)

Encores:
Isaac ALBÉNIZ
(1860–1909)
España, Op. 165 (1890)
6. II. Tango (arr. 1921 Leopold GODOWSKY (1870–1938))

RACHMANINOV
7. Polka de W.R.
(arr. of Lachtäubchen, Scherzpolka, Op. 303 by Franz BEHR, 1837–1898)

Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY
The Seasons, Op. 37a (1876)
8. No. 10. October: Autumn Song


Recorded 2 NOVEMBER 1989
CD5 [46:05]

George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759)
1. Keyboard Suite No. 5 in E Major, HWV 430 (1720): IV. Air and Variations, ‘The Harmonious Blacksmith’

Robert SCHUMANN
Fantasy in C major, Op. 17 (1838)
2. III. Langsam getragen. Durchweg leise zu halten

Interval

Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY
6 Morceaux, Op. 19 (1873)
3. VI. Thème original et variations

Sergey RACHMANINOV
7 Morceaux de salon, Op. 10 (1894)
4. III. Barcarolle in G minor

Franz LISZT
5. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C sharp minor, S244/R106 (1847)

Encores:
Isaac ALBÉNIZ
España, Op. 165 (1890)
6. II. Tango (arr. 1921 Leopold GODOWSKY (1870–1938))

Frédéric CHOPIN
7. Tarentelle in A flat major, Op. 43 (1841)

Transferred by
Geoff Willard from open reel tapes (CD1–4)
Nathan Coy from DAT (CD5)

Remastered by
John Croft (Chiaro Audio)
John Croft and David Murphy (FHR) (CD2 and CD3, tracks 1–4)

Booklet notes by Jonathan Summers

Recording released with approval from the estate of Shura Cherkassky