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Janacek: Piano Works / Rudolf Firkusny

Janacek / Firkusny
Release Date: 11/15/2011 
Label:  Newton Classics   Catalog #: 8802091  
Composer:  Leos Janácek
Performer:  Rudolf Firkusny
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These are Firkusny’s later recordings, for RCA, as opposed to his classic DG versions. They didn’t last in the catalog very long—nothing did in those days, but the performances are every bit as fine as on the earlier recordings. Had Firkusny mellowed a bit in the intervening years? Perhaps, especially in the more angular numbers of On an Overgrown Path, but his strong personal identification with Janácek’s unmistakable idiom remains as powerful as ever, and having all of the major solo piano works on a single disc is very convenient. It was good to hear this disc again and I’m happy to welcome it back into circulation.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
These are Firkusny’s later recordings, for RCA, as opposed to his classic DG versions. They didn’t last in the catalog very long—nothing did in those days, but the performances are every bit as fine as on the earlier recordings. Had Firkusny mellowed a bit in the intervening years? Perhaps, especially in the more angular numbers of On an Overgrown Path, but his strong personal identification with Janácek’s unmistakable idiom remains as powerful as ever, and having all of the major solo piano works on a single disc is very convenient. It was good to hear this disc again and I’m happy to welcome it back into circulation.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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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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