Rudolf Firkusny

Biography

Born: February 11, 1912; Napajedla, Moravia   Died: July 19, 1994; Staatsburg, NY  
Firku?ný studied both piano and composition with Janacek; from 1920 to 1927, at the Brno Conservatory with Ruzena Kurzová; and at the Prague Conservatory with Vilém Kurz and Rudolf Karel. From 1929-1930, he also studied composition with Suk. Firku?ný made his debut in Prague in 1922 and pursued an active career in Eastern Europe until 1933, when he first played in England, and 1938, when he made his United States debut. His compositions include a Read more piano concerto, premiered in 1930, a string quartet, and various piano pieces and songs.

After his American debut, Firku?ný established an international career as a pianist, later teaching at Juilliard and the Aspen School of Music. Although best known for the standard nineteenth century repertory, Firku?ný was also known for his chamber performances and his championing of both contemporary and lesser known works. He gave premieres of works by Menotti, Barber, Ginastera, Hanson, and Martinu, among others, and championed the works of Dvorák and Janacek in particular. Firku?ný was noted more for his refinement of style rather than for his virtuosity. Read less
Dvorak: Complete Concertos / Susskind, Ricci, Nelsova, Firkusny
Release Date: 09/30/2014   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94938   Number of Discs: 2
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Biography

Born: February 11, 1912; Napajedla, Moravia   Died: July 19, 1994; Staatsburg, NY  
Firku?ný studied both piano and composition with Janacek; from 1920 to 1927, at the Brno Conservatory with Ruzena Kurzová; and at the Prague Conservatory with Vilém Kurz and Rudolf Karel. From 1929-1930, he also studied composition with Suk. Firku?ný made his debut in Prague in 1922 and pursued an active career in Eastern Europe until 1933, when he first played in England, and 1938, when he made his United States debut. His compositions include a Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Poco allegro
Lento
Allegro con brio
Allegro
Largo
Allegro commodo
Poco andante; Moderato
Andante
Allegro (ma non presto)
1. Allegro agitato
2. Andante sostenuto
3. Allegro con fuoco
1. Nase vecery (Our evenings)
2. Listek odvanuty (A leaf blown away)
3. Pojdte s nami! (Come with us!)
4. Frydecká Panna Maria (The Madonna of Frydek)
5. Stebetaly jak lastovicky (They chattered like swallows)
6. Nelze domluvit! (Words fail!)
7. Dobrou noc! (Good night!)
8. Tak neskonale uzko (Unutterable anguish)
9. V placi (In tears)
10. Sycek neodletel! (The barn owl has not flown away!)
11. Andante
12. Allegretto
13. Piů mosso
14. Vivo
15. Allegro - Adagio
1. Predtucha [Sonata 1.X.1905 (From the street)
2. Smrt [Sonata 1.X.1905 (From the street)
1. Andante
2. Molto adagio
3. Andantino
4. Presto
1. Moderato
2. Piů mosso
3. Con moto
4. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Allegretto
4. Andante


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