Cherkassky/Petrouchka

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Cherkassky/Petrouchka

Postby HonkyTonk » Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:58 pm

Shura Cherkassky made several recordings of Stravinsky's piano solo transcription of the Petrouchka ballet but there was a recording in the days of vinyl (available,as I recall in the 1960s) in which he played the concertante piano part in the orchestral score. Does anybody know with which orchestra/ conductor this was made and, perhaps, the company that issued it? Has it ever been re-issued on cd?

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Re: Cherkassky/Petrouchka

Postby jossuk » Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:14 pm

The BBC Proms archive listing for 1961 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/archive/sear ... st-26/7275) shows Cherkassky as having played the 1947 version with the London Symphony Orchestra under Bryan Balkwill. Don't know whether that might have been recorded.

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Re: Cherkassky/Petrouchka

Postby HonkyTonk » Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:18 am

I didn't know that and it's very interesting but I think the version issued commercially was a studio recording. I imagine the conductor would have had to have been rather more famous than Bryan Balkwill in order to attract buyers to a recording as I don't think that Cherkassky's presence alone was quite a big-enough selling point back in the early 60s. Thanks for the suggestion anyway.


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