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Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3 & 5 / Rudolf Firkusny


Release Date: 07/31/2009 
Label:  Emi Seraphim Catalog #: 69018   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
Conductor:  Walter SusskindWilliam Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraPittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono & Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Firkusny always strikes me as an admirable pianist and I don't remember ever having failed to get pleasure from his playing and his artistry, certainly not here in this finely musical account of the Beethoven. He doesn't storm the work (he is not that sort of pianist) but his interpretation is elegant, in the best sense of that word, and eloquent. This is a wholly musical performance. Firkusny plays Beethoven's cadenza, by the way. Susskind contributes a good accompaniment and the mono sound, if not specially brilliant, is still very agreeable.

-- Gramophone [5/1966, reviewing an LP release of the 3rd Concerto]

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Firkusny gives a forthright performance of the Emperor.
Read more It is particularly effective in the slow movement, and in the finale, which is given very considerable rhythmic vitality. The orchestra, too, are sympathetic to the style, and provide in these movements an excellent partnership.

-- Gramophone [9/1958, reviewing the original LP release of the Emperor Concerto]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny (Piano)
Conductor:  Walter Susskind
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny (Piano)
Conductor:  William Steinberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 

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