Kaleidoscope – Shura Cherkassky’s Piano Encores

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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


Reviewed by: Colin Anderson

Reviewed: March 2007
CD No: DECCA ELOQUENCE 476 8537
Duration: 69 minutes

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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