Cherkassky plays Bennett Five Studies





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Published on Jan 5, 2012

Richard Rodney Bennett (b. 1936):

Five Studies for piano
I. Flessibile
II. Presto, mano destra (right hand)
III. Agitato
IV. Recitando, mano sinistra (left hand)
V. Appassionato
Shura Cherkassky (1909-1995), piano
Recorded in 1968

In his Five Studies, completed in 1964, Bennett follows in the line of Chopin and Debussy in dissolving the sterner implications of the title into real music. No. 2 is a delicate flurry for the right hand alone, No. 4 a bold declamation for the left. All are highly complex in rhythm and strikingly imaginative in sonority. Cherkassky plays them with such fluency, clarity and sensitivity that only Beckmessers will worry about two or three little instances where the composer's extraordinarily precise dynamic indications could have been yet more punctiliously observed.
(Gramophone review 1968)

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