Monthly Archive: March 2013

Serge Koussevitzky conducts The New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orch. = CORELLI: Suite for String Orchestra; RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2; SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5; DEBUSSY: La Mer; TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 – NY Philharmonic – West Hills Radio

Serge Koussevitzky conducts The New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orch. = CORELLI: Suite for String Orchestra; RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2; SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5; DEBUSSY: La Mer; TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 – NY Philharmonic – West Hills Radio

In his New York appearances, Serge Koussevitzky revitalizes the “Dead End Kids” New York Philharmonic during a critical period of transition, with programs that include a Shostakovich Fifth, new to Koussevtizky’s repertory.

Audio News for March 29, 2013

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Shura Cherkassky: The Complete UK World Record Club Solo Recordings = BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 32; Variations and Fugue on a Theme from Prometheus “Eroica,”; CLEMENTI: Piano Sonata in B-flat Major; CHOPIN: Fantasie-Impromptu in C-sharp Minor; Barcarolle in F-sharp Major; Nocturne in F Minor No. 1; Waltz in E Minor; Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor; SCHUMANN: 3 Fantasiestuecke; Der Contrabandiste; LISZT: Consolation No. 3; Grand Galop Chromatique; Liebestraume No. 3; “La Campanella” Etude – Shura Cherkassky, p. – Guild

Shura Cherkassky: The Complete UK World Record Club Solo Recordings = BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 32; Variations and Fugue on a Theme from Prometheus “Eroica,”; CLEMENTI: Piano Sonata in B-flat Major; CHOPIN: Fantasie-Impromptu in C-sharp Minor; Barcarolle in F-sharp Major; Nocturne in F Minor No. 1; Waltz in E Minor; Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor; SCHUMANN: 3 Fantasiestuecke; Der Contrabandiste; LISZT: Consolation No. 3; Grand Galop Chromatique; Liebestraume No. 3; “La Campanella” Etude – Shura Cherkassky, p. – Guild

A double-disc collection from a most exciting pianist for certain.

CHOPIN: Etudes Op. 10 Nos. 4, 10, and 11; Etudes Op. 25 Nos. 5, 8, 11, and 12; Ballades Op. 23, 38, 47, and 52; Nocturne No. 1; Nocturne No. 2; Polonaise No. 7, “Polonaise-fantaisie” – Sviatoslav Richter, p. – Praga DigitalsRAVEL: Gaspard de la nuit; Piano Concerto in G; Valses nobles et sentimentales; DEBUSSY: Children’s Corner – Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, p. – Praga Digitals

CHOPIN: Etudes Op. 10 Nos. 4, 10, and 11; Etudes Op. 25 Nos. 5, 8, 11, and 12; Ballades Op. 23, 38, 47, and 52; Nocturne No. 1; Nocturne No. 2; Polonaise No. 7, “Polonaise-fantaisie” – Sviatoslav Richter, p. – Praga DigitalsRAVEL: Gaspard de la nuit; Piano Concerto in G; Valses nobles et sentimentales; DEBUSSY: Children’s Corner – Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, p. – Praga Digitals

Both of these recordings offer valuable insights into the artistry of legendary pianists. For me, though, the Richter is a far more appealing artifact. (Note: these are SACDs.)

Audio News for March 26, 2013

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