Prodigies Compared: Shura and Jozio Chapter 7 5. 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 Rubinstein. 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. He enjoyed living a simple life, having lots of friends, and he loved to travel even when he wasn't performing. But I would urge anyone interested in Cherkassky's personal and professional life to read her book. Picture transfer quality was some of the worst I've seen in some cases. Her role as confidante results in a keen understanding of Cherkassky both as a human being and a performer.
An amazing book, done with the love of a dear friend. Drawing on extensive research and the insights gained in her twenty-year friendship with Shura Cherkassky, Elizabeth Carr has given a compelling picture of this enigmatic artist - no easy task. Picture transfer quality was some of the worst I've seen in some cases. If anyone knew Cherkassky well, it would be Elizabeth Carr. Although totally free and uninhibited on stage, Cherkassky was complex, private and often remote when away from his beloved piano. But please refer to Elizabeth Carr's book for exact details. Shattered, 1940-1945 Chapter 10 8.
It may be more useful to post a link to an online Cherkassky discography, if one exists. He always played with an unfailing beauty of tone and command of the instrument. The book is rather haphazardly put together insofar as illustrations are concerned. Many facsimiles of letters and concert programs are interspersed, and a discography is included. I spotted it by accident. Cherkassky began his musical career 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 had the bad luck of starting his career during the Depression when recitals were harder to book. Cherkassky's love of spontaneity and his dislike of a fixed standard performance meant that some conductors were reluctant to work with him. . His studies and advisory sessions with Hofmann continued until 1935. His 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. Over the years I got to know Shura Cherkassky much better and was able to see him perform in a recital in Chicago. The documentation and depth of detail is impressive.
If he could be in love with anything, however, it would always be the piano. From his sensational 1923 American debut tour to sold-out concerts on six continents, Shura Cherkassky retained his brilliance throughout a seventy-five year professional career. Carr is well placed to discuss Mr. Cherkassky's allegiance to the Steinway firm is legendary. You leave this book feeling like you've gotten to know Shura Cherkassky as a person. Many of these letters were scanned and printed in the book. I can still recall the photograph of Mr.
This biography is a remarkable document, one to be savored and read more than once. He enjoyed living a simple life, having lots of friends, and he loved to travel even when he wasn't performing. There is a problem using contemporary terms anachronistically. Mother Russia Chapter 4 2. Here's another book you will not be able to put down. Final Tributes Part 20 Discography Part 21 Selected Bibliography Part 22 Index Part 23 About the Author. However at the time he was born, the country was under Russian occupation, and as a result citizenship would have been Russian.
However, having said this, ethnically he was Jewish if you define Jewish as an ethnicity rather than a religion. Baltimore, 1923 Chapter 5 3. 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. His playing was characterized by a virtuoso technique and singing piano tone. Here being Jewish was considered an ethnicity.
Before studying with Hofmann, however, Cherkassky auditioned for , who advised him to give up performing for at least two years and to change the position of his hands at the keyboard. Still, for pianist fans, this will be a most welcome volume. 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. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the and see a list of open tasks. 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. Cherkassky died before that could happen. Cherkassky was fortunate to have as a friend, the legendary Josef Hofmann, who was responsible for placing Cherkassky on firm footing in establishing a pianistic career.
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 concentrating his gaze on the keyboard. Understanding Shura Chapter 18 16. To participate, you can edit this article or visit the for more details. Also, it would be helpful to the article to arrive at a consensus and work the most significant Cherkassky recordings into the article.