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Janácek: Piano Works / Rudolf Firkusny, piano

Audio Samples

>Janácek, Leos : Sonata 1.X.1905 "From the street"
>Janácek, Leos : On the overgrown path
>Janácek, Leos : Reminiscence for Piano
>Janácek, Leos : In the mists (V Mlhach), pieces (4) for piano, JW 8/22

Album Summary

>Janácek, Leos : Sonata 1.X.1905 "From the street"
>Janácek, Leos : On the overgrown path
>Janácek, Leos : Reminiscence for Piano
>Janácek, Leos : In the mists (V Mlhach), pieces (4) for piano, JW 8/22
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Janacek's piano music may lie less easily under the fingers than the music of Webern, but it is affecting and intriguing. This album features the violent Sonata inspired by a brutally quelled demonstration of social unrest, elliptical tone-poem In the Mists, and the almost diary-like intimacy of From an Overgrown Path. Composed against the backdrop of failed ambitions and arduous work on his operas, these piano works offered refuge to Janacek.

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Have no hesitation in recommending the performances, which are as good as you will ever find in this repertoire.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: RCA Studio A, New York, NY (06/05/1989-06/07/1989).



Reviews

Janacek-Firkusny: from master to pupil
Who better to present a recital of a composer’s music than an artist who studied with him? Rudolf Firkusny began his musical career under the tutelage of Leos Janacek, which gives his interpretation of Janacek’s solo piano works special significance.
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It’s clear that Firkusny understands Janacek’s music and it’s likely he discussed the finer points of interpretation with the composer. The folk-inspired passages sound forthright and simple, while the more complex develop organically. Janacek relied heavily on the cumulative dramatic effect of short phrases and motifs, and Firkusny delivers them with a sure hands. He knows how to draw the connections between the musical thoughts to present a cohesive whole.

Submitted on 12/22/11 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Sonata 1.X.1905 "From the street"
  • Performer: Rudolf Firkusny (Piano)
  • Notes: RCA Studio A, New York, NY (06/05/1989-06/07/1989)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905-1906

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : On the overgrown path
  • Performer: Rudolf Firkusny (Piano)
  • Notes: RCA Studio A, New York, NY (06/05/1989-06/07/1989)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900-1911

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : Reminiscence for Piano
  • Performer: Rudolf Firkusny (Piano)
  • Notes: RCA Studio A, New York, NY (06/05/1989-06/07/1989)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1928

>Leos Janácek (Composer) (1854 - 1928) : In the mists (V Mlhách), pieces (4) for piano, JW 8/22
  • Performer: Rudolf Firkusny (Piano)
  • Notes: RCA Studio A, New York, NY (06/05/1989-06/07/1989)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: by 04/21/1912