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Firkusny Plays Janacek


Release Date: 07/09/2008 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 60147   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Leos Janácek
Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Firkusny's quickness of response, his sensitivity of phrase, his ability to seek out the essence of Janacek's lyrical statements in a brief melodic curve are as rewarding as ever.

Rudolf Firkusny's fine set of performances on DG has long been a touchstone of interpretation of Janacek's piano music; and his quickness of response, his sensitivity of phrase, his ability to seek out the essence of Janacek's lyrical statements in a brief melodic curve are as rewarding as ever on the new RCA disc. He has not greatly modified them, except by sometimes refining his response still further... The Sonata's two movements are entitled ''Presentiment'' and ''Death'', and refer to an incident when a worker was killed in demonstrations
Read more for a Czech University in Brno. Firkusny plays the first movement with a controlled nervous intensity that makes its point well... Firkusny is quick and delicate in his responses to music that must make its point deftly yet evocatively... The delicate In the mists pieces are beautifully played...

-- Gramophone [3/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata 1.X.1905 "From the street" by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; Brno, Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 06/1989 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, New York City 
Length: 11 Minutes 39 Secs. 
2.
On the overgrown path by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901-1908; Brno, Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 06/1989 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, New York City 
Length: 42 Minutes 21 Secs. 
3.
Reminiscence for Piano by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Brno, Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 06/1989 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, New York City 
Length: 0 Minutes 48 Secs. 
4.
In the mists by Leos Janácek
Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Brno, Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 06/1989 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, New York City 
Length: 14 Minutes 4 Secs. 

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