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Rudolf Firkusny

02/11/11 10:00AM By Walter Parker

Today is the 99th anniversary of the birth of Czech pianist Rudolf Firkusny.  He studied with composers Leos Janacek and Josef Suk, and pianists Alfred Cortot and Artur Schnabel.  He fled Nazi Europe in 1939 and settled in New York, becoming an American citizen.  He refused to return to Czechoslovakia until the fall of the Communist regime in 1989.  We'll listen to the recording he made of the Dvorak Piano Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic in Prague in 1990.

 

 

Playlist

10:02am

Christmas Oratorio: opening chorus
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Ensemble: Blanche Moyse Chorale and Orchestra of St. Luke's
Conductor: Blanche Moyse
CD/Album: J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio
Record co./Cat #: New England Bach Festival 1987
 
 

10:15am

Piano Concerto in g, Op. 33
Composer: Antonin Dvorak
Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Soloists: Rudolf Firkusny, piano
CD/Album: Dvorak - Piano Concerto - Janacek - Concertino - Capriccio
Record co./Cat #: RCA 60781
 
 

11:01am

Symphony #22 "Philosopher" in Eb, HOB 1/22
Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn
Ensemble: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
CD/Album: Haydn Symphonies 22, 63, & 80"
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 427337
 
 

11:24am

Horn Sonata in F, Op. 17
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Soloists: Hermann Baumann, horn ; Leonard Hokanson, piano
CD/Album: Works for Horn and Piano-Baumann-Hokanson
Record co./Cat #: Philips 416816
 
 

11:43am

Symphony #8: Scherzo (2nd mvmt) in c, WAB 108
Composer: Anton Bruckner
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
CD/Album: Bruckner: Symphony No. 8
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 459678
 
 

12:01pm

Symphonie Fantastique: A Ball (Waltz), Op. 14
Composer: Hector Berlioz
Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
CD/Album: Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Tristia
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 453432
 
 

12:12pm

Nocturnes: #2 - Fetes ("parties" or "celebrations")
Composer: Claude Debussy
Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
CD/Album: Debussy: La Mer - Nocturnes - Jeux
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 439896
 
 

12:24pm

Christmas Oratorio: Cantata #5: opening chorus
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Ensemble: Blanche Moyse Chorale and Orchestra of St. Luke's
Conductor: Blanche Moyse
CD/Album: J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio
Record co./Cat #: New England Bach Festival 1987
 
 

12:33pm

Quartettsatz in c, D 703 ("Quartet movement")
Composer: Franz Schubert
Ensemble: Emerson String Quartet
CD/Album: Schubert: Late String Quartets & Quintet
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 459151
 
 

12:48pm

Music Hall Suite
Composer: Joseph Horovitz
Soloists: Metropolitan Brass Quintet
CD/Album: Brass Bonanza
Record co./Cat #: Crystal 200
 
 

1:01pm

Four Renaissance Lute Duets
Composer: Various
(transcribed for guitar)
Soloists: Sharon Isbin, guitar
CD/Album: Journey to the New World
Record co./Cat #: Sony 745456
Note: (Sharon Isbin plays both parts of these duets)
 
 

1:18pm

Piano Sonata #17 in D, K 576
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Soloists: Mitsuko Uchida, piano
CD/Album: Mozart: 3 Piano Sonatas K. 279, 457 & 576; Fantasia K. 475
Record co./Cat #: Philips 412617
 
 

1:37pm

Dance Suite
Composer: Bela Bartok
Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Georg Solti
CD/Album: Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra / Dance Suite
Record co./Cat #: London 400052
 
 

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