P0182. RUDOLF FIRKUSNY: Impromptu #4 in A-flat (Vorisek); Humoresques, Mazurkas, Poetic Pictures, Silhouettes & Theme & Variations in A-flat; w.Laszlo Somogyi Cond. Vienna S.O.: Piano Concerto in g (all Dvorak). (Austria) 2-Bianco e Nero BN2436, recorded 1963-70. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 8016811756069
“Rudolf Firkusny made a specialty of Dvorák’s sole piano concerto and recorded it on four occasions, supplemented by at least two live broadcast performances still in circulation. Unlike Firkusny’s later and superior traversals with Susskind (Vox) and Neumann (RCA) that mostly utilize Dvorák’s Urtext for the solo part, here the pianist opts for Vilém Kurz’s once-favored revision. In sum, this is a disc that will appeal to ardent László Somogyi collectors.”
- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday
"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