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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 These previously unpublished German radio recordings between 1957 and 1964 tribute to Rudolf Firkušný.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

1. Mozart: Fantasie in C minor, KV.396/KV.385f [07:42]
Recorded ∙ 28 September 1957 ∙ Ludwigsburg ∙ Schloß Ordenssaal ∙ Süddeutscher Rundfunk ∙ Live Recording

2-19. Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, op. 6 [30:16]
I. Lebhaft [01:39]
II. Innig [01:06]
III. Mit Humor [00:42]
IV. Ungeduldig [00:42]
V. Einfach [02:03]
VI. Sehr rasch [01:24]
VII. Nicht schnell [03:19]
VIII. Frisch [00:56]
IX. Lebhaft [01:21]
X. Balladenmässig: Sehr rasch [01:15]
XI. Einfach [01:34]
XII. Mit Humor [00:37]
XIII. Wild und lustig [01:55]
XIV. Zart und singend [02:31]
XV. Frisch [01:59]
XVI. Mit gutem Humor [01:30]
XVII. Wie aus der Ferne [03:08]
XVIII. Nicht schnell [01:45]
Recorded ∙ 28 January 1960 ∙ Baden-Baden ∙ Musikstudio ∙ Südwestfunk ∙ Radio Studio Recording

20-22. Schubert: Drei Klavierstücke, D 946 [19:33]
I. Allegro assai [08:37]
II. Allegretto [06:55]
III. Allegro [04:01]
Recorded ∙ 14 December 1961 ∙ Baden-Baden ∙ Musikstudio ∙ Südwestfunk ∙ Radio Studio Recording

23-35. Schumann: Kinderszenen, op. 15 [15:50]
I. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen [01:24]
II. Kuriose Geschichte [00:57]
III. Hasche-Mann [00:30]
IV. Bittendes Kind [00:38]
V. Glückes genug [01:15]
VI. Wichtige Begebenheit [00:46]
VII. Träumerei [02:15]
VIII. Am Kamin [00:45]
IX. Ritter vom Steckenpferd [00:43]
X. Fast zu ernst [01:21]
XI. Fürchtenmachen [01:24]
XII. Kind im Einschlummern [03:47]
XIII. Der Dichter spricht [02:20]
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

Producer and Audio Restoration: Lynn Ludwig
Booklet Notes: Michael Waiblinger
Design: Alessia Issara
Photographs: Véronique and Igor Firkušný Collection
With special thanks to Véronique and Igor Firkušný
From the Original Masters ∙ © 2015 Meloclassic