MUSIC: The Big Game

Not long ago, an English music critic tagged U.S. Pianist Shura Cherkassky with an odd title: "Lew Hoad of the Piano." Like Tennis Player Hoad, explained the critic, Cherkassky was "capable of astonishing feats and of hardly less astonishing lapses." Cherkassky's feats, like Hoad's, have so outnumbered his lapses that he has become one of the most sought-after artists on the European concert circuit. Last week he demonstrated why: with service under firm control and ground strokes booming, he swept through a performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, with Herbert von...

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