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Rudolf Firkusny Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 15 in B Flat Major and No. 18 in B Flat Major

Magazine article Czech Music

Rudolf Firkusny Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 15 in B Flat Major and No. 18 in B Flat Major

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Rudolf Firkusny Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concertos no. 15 in B flat major and no. 18 in B flat major.

Rudolf Firkusny - piano, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Zdenek Macal, George Szell - conductors.

Text: EN, DE JP.

Recorded: Jan. 1973 (K.450), June 1966 (K.450), Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, Koln.

Released: 2017. 11: 53:23. ADD. 1 CD Weitblick SSS0209-2.

Reading the booklet of this CD is guaranteed to bring every discophile's pulse up in no time. He will learn that the Firkusny recordings in question only recently surfaced in the WDR SO archive and have never been published before. The recording of the Piano Concerto no. 18 in B flat major K. 456 with George Szell was made in 1966, i.e. more than half a century ago, while the Piano Concerto no. 15 in B flat major K. 450 with Zdenek Macal conducting is seven years younger. We might like to know why both recordings were in the WDR SO archive for such a long time and under what circumstances they were "discovered", but unfortunately, the booklet remains utterly silent on this topic. It does, however, contain a very interesting text by Veronique and Igor Firkusny, which tells us - among other things - that their father had a deep relationship with both conductors - not only professional but personal too. Apparently, he had so much respect for Szell that in the library next to his piano, he had exhibited in a place of pride the conductor's photograph and his glasses. …

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