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Rudolf Firkušný · Piano Recitals in Germany 1957-1964

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Rudolf Firkušný was one of the greatest concert pianists of the last century. These previously unpublished German radio recordings between 1957 and 1964 tribute to Rudolf Firkušný. It captures Firkušný in prime and magnificent form. His Schumann is a must! He seemed to find notes to play that the other pianists somehow seemed to miss. Poetry and lovely detail were one of the qualities of Firkušný’s playing and he never quite loses his sense of overarching architecture. At the piano he could produce all the dynamic range and colour which the music demanded.

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RUDOLF FIRKUŠNÝ plays Mozart, Schumann & Schubert

Mozart: Fantasie in C minor, KV 396/KV 385f
Recorded ∙ 28 September 1957 ∙ Ludwigsburg ∙ Schloß Ordenssaal ∙ Süddeutscher Rundfunk ∙ Live Recording

Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op 6
Recorded ∙ 28 January 1960 ∙ Baden-Baden ∙ Musikstudio ∙ Südwestfunk ∙ Radio Studio Recording

Schubert: Drei Klavierstücke, D 946
Recorded ∙ 14 December 1961 ∙ Baden-Baden ∙ Musikstudio ∙ Südwestfunk ∙ Radio Studio Recording

Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op 15
Recorded ∙ 31 October 1964 ∙ Baden-Baden ∙ Musikstudio ∙ Südwestfunk ∙ Radio Studio Recording

In cooperation with Véronique and Igor Firkušný, the children of Rudolf Firkušný

Article number: MC 1032
UPC barcode: 791154054086
Recording dates: 1957-1964
Release date: March 2015
Total timing: 73:22
Booklet: 8 Pages
From the Original Masters ∙ © 2015 Meloclassic

June 2015 ∙ MusicWeb International ∙ Rudolf Firkušný plays Mozart, Schumann & Schubert
Is anyone else waiting for a systematic look at Rudolf Firkusny’s discography? It’s good to be reminded of him between the years 1957 and 1964 when he was touring Germany and recording for radio stations in Baden-Baden and Ludwigsburg. The sense of freshness and immediacy survives unimpaired in 1961 whereas it was much more compromised later on. This is a commendable reclamation, well annotated and produced. It doesn’t startle through unexpected interpretative insights but does offer mature musicality throughout.
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June 2015 ∙ Audiophile Audition ∙ Gary Lemco ∙ Rudolf Firkušný plays Mozart, Schumann & Schubert
Is anyone else waiting for a systematic look at Rudolf Firkusny’s discography? It’s good to be reminded of him between the years 1957 and 1964 when he was touring Germany and recording for radio stations in Baden-Baden and Ludwigsburg. The sense of freshness and immediacy survives unimpaired in 1961 whereas it was much more compromised later on. This is a commendable reclamation, well annotated and produced. It doesn’t startle through unexpected interpretative insights but does offer mature musicality throughout.
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April 2018 ∙ Artamag ∙ Jean-Charles Hoffelé ∙ Rudolf Firkušný plays Mozart, Schumann & Schubert
L’héritage discographique de Rudolf Firkušný, dispersé entre plusieurs labels, risque hélas de sombrer dans un relatif oubli. Tout cela rend plus précieux encore la trop rare publication d’enregistrements en concert ou de ceux, plutôt nombreux, réalisés pour les radios allemandes. À Stuttgart et à Baden-Baden, les stations du Südwestfunk, il aura enregistré dans ses meilleures années quasi tout son répertoire concertant (avec Ernest Bour) et solistique, dans des conditions artistiques parfaites et sur de très beaux instruments. La courte sélection proposée par Meloclassic donne vraiment envie d’avoir accès à cette somme dans son intégralité.
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