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Shura Cherkassky

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Klappentext Shura Cherkassky's life story, like his piano playing, is provocative and captivating. At his death in 1995, Cherkassk... Lire la suite
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Klappentext Shura Cherkassky's life story, like his piano playing, is provocative and captivating. At his death in 1995, Cherkassky was considered one of history's greatest pianists, as well as the last direct link to the Romantic piano tradition of Chopin, Liszt, and Anton Rubinstein. Cherkassky's story merits telling not only for his musical achievements but also for the inspiration he provided by demonstrating tenacity, integrity, common sense, and uncommon courage. Cherkassky began his concert playing life in Ukrainian Odessa at a time of lethal civil strife. Escaping with his parents to America, the child prodigy came under the tutelage of famed pianist Josef Hofmann, whose unfailing personal and professional assistance continued for more than twenty years. Cherkassky overcame poverty, prejudice against his Jewish origins, and unhappiness from his ambivalence over his homosexuality to forge an impressive touring and recording career, an enormous musical repertoire, and an intriguing personality both on stage and off. From his sensational 1923 American debut tour to sold-out concerts on six continents, Cherkassky retained his brilliance throughout a seventy-five year professional career. As a close friend for his last twenty years, author Elizabeth Carr traveled with Cherkassky on tour, attending recording and rehearsal sessions and watching him practice, plan programs, and cope with pianos, acoustics, conductors, and orchestras. Her role as confidante results in a keen understanding of Cherkassky both as a human being and a performer. Through observations, anecdotes, sixteen pages of photos, and personal correspondence reprinted in the book, this biography offers extensive research never before published, and an intimate look at the man and his music. Zusammenfassung This biography documents the unique artistry and highly unusual life of the internationally acclaimed pianist Shura Cherkassky! who! at the time of his death in 1995! was universally recognized to be among the greatest pianists in music history! and the last link to the romantic piano tradition of Chopin! Liszt and Anton Rubinstein. ...

Auteur

Following a career as pianist, college teacher, concert presenter, and Director of the Cape Cod Conservatory in Massachusetts for 26 years, Elizabeth Carr is now an arts and education consultant.



Résumé
This biography documents the unique artistry and highly unusual life of the internationally acclaimed pianist Shura Cherkassky, who, at the time of his death in 1995, was universally recognized to be among the greatest pianists in music history, and the last link to the romantic piano tradition of Chopin, Liszt and Anton Rubinstein.

Contenu

Part 1 Preface Part 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 1. Mother Russia Chapter 4 2. Baltimore, 1923 Chapter 5 3. Shura and the Palmist, the 1923-1924 Season Chapter 6 4. Prodigies Compared: Shura and Jozio Chapter 7 5. The Hofmann Years, 1925-1935 Chapter 8 6. Around the World, 1935-1939 Chapter 9 7. Shattered, 1940-1945 Chapter 10 8. Oblivion to Triumph: The Postwar Years Chapter 11 9. Shura and the Gramophone Chapter 12 10. Onstage Chapter 13 11. A Conductor's Nemesis Chapter 14 12. The Last Romantic? Chapter 15 13. The House of Steinway Chapter 16 14. On Tour, USSR, 1987 Chapter 17 15. Understanding Shura Chapter 18 16. Prague, 1995 Chapter 19 17. Final Tributes Part 20 Discography Part 21 Selected Bibliography Part 22 Index Part 23 About the Author

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Shura Cherkassky
Sous-titre: The Piano's Last Czar
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Code EAN: 9780810854109
ISBN: 0810854104
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Scarecrow Press
nombre de pages: 332
Poids: 593g
Taille: H235mm x B157mm x T20mm
Année: 2010