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17 pieces – by Albéniz, Chaminade, Chopin, Glazunov, Moszkowski, Rachmaninov, Anton Rubinstein, Schubert, Johann Strauss II & Tchaikovsky and including arrangements and original pieces by Godowsky
Shura Cherkassky (piano)

Recorded in May 1974 in All Saints Church, Petersham, England and in 1975 at concerts in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
CD No: DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 8537
Duration: 69 minutes
Reviewed: March 2007
Josef Hofmann’s scintillating showpiece gives the CD its name. Also included are Godowsky’s finger-breaking transcription of Wine, Women and Song and his re-write of Saint-Saëns’s The Swan. Anton Rubinstein’s indelible Melody in F is included and with much else to allure, scintillate and smile at. Shura Cherkassky’s individuality, bravado and old-world charm are the perfect medium for this delicious menu.

 

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