P0063. RUDOLF FIRKUSNY: Brahms Recital, recorded 1958-59; RUDOLF FIRKUSNY & WILLIAM PRIMROSE: Viola Sonata #1 in f; Viola Sonata #2 in E-flat (both Brahms), both recorded 21 May, 1958. EMI Mono / Stereo 66065. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 724356606524
"Rudolf Firkusny was a connoisseur's pianist, his audiences invariably starred with musical celebrities."
- Bryce Morrison, GRAMOPHONE, Awards Issue, 2006
"Rudolf Firkusny, a Czech-born pianist, was known for his elegant performing style and his warm, patrician manner. During a long career, Mr. Firkusny was a favorite of audiences, piano connoisseurs and Czech-music specialists alike. He achieved still wider recognition in his late years in unexpected ways. In 1990, at 78, he appeared on a basketball court in concert dress, as a foil to David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs in a popular television commercial for Nike sneakers. 'Music needs all kinds of encouragement', Mr. Firkusny said at the time. Shortly afterward, he made a triumphant return to Czechoslovakia, as the country was then still called. Although he had not performed there for 44 years because of his staunch opposition to Communist control, he was recognized for his lifelong contributions to Czech music and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Charles University in Prague.
- James R. Oestreich, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 20 July, 1994
"William Primrose was to the viola what Heifetz was to the violin….Think of Tertis as a Rolls Royce and Primrose as a Ferrari. This nimbleness of left and right hand made him Jascha Heifetz’s favorite alto-clef partner in chamber music and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante."
- Joseph Magil, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, May/June, 2006
"William Primrose was not the first viola virtuoso of the 20th Century, but he was certainly the best known. Born in Glasgow, he trained and performed as a violinist until switching instruments in 1926….His early experience as a violinist undoubtedly influenced his approach to the viola and recalls the great violinists of his generation: his sound was bright, his manner was high-strung, and he tossed off anything put before him with apparent ease and grace. What could this man not do?"
- David Radcliffe, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Nov./Dec., 2005