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Firkusny , Pesek , Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD
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This wonderful disc is another souvenir of the great Czech pianist Rudolf Firkusny's return to his homeland after the triumph of democracy in the early 1990s. We are very lucky that he lived to make this recording. Firkusny was a personal friend of the composer, and he gave the premieres of all three of these concertos. He plays them with a sovereign mastery that brooks no competition, and the music itself is marvelous. The Fourth Concerto, subtitled Incantations, is one of the century's most exciting and unusual scores for piano and orchestra, while the other two explore both the classical and Romantic heritage of the form. This is a recording that has "greatness" stamped all over it. You must hear it. --David Hurwitz

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5.0 out of 5 stars I Concur With Mr. Hurwitz! Dec 7 2003
Format:Audio CD
I can really only echo Amazon's intrepid reviewer on this Firkusny recording of Martinu's Piano Cto's. # 2,3 & 4. The pieces are great in themselves, which fascinatingly chronicle 3 decades of the composer's development, one concerto each from the 30's, 40's and 50's, as he grows progressively more inventive. Firkusny is a great pianist who did the world premiers of all of the concertos and had the 4th dedicated to him. Pesek handles the scores with skill and dash. The recording job is excellent. There! I'm out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Concur With Mr. Hurwitz! Dec 7 2003
By Timothy Dougal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I can really only echo Amazon's intrepid reviewer on this Firkusny recording of Martinu's Piano Cto's. # 2,3 & 4. The pieces are great in themselves, which fascinatingly chronicle 3 decades of the composer's development, one concerto each from the 30's, 40's and 50's, as he grows progressively more inventive. Firkusny is a great pianist who did the world premiers of all of the concertos and had the 4th dedicated to him. Pesek handles the scores with skill and dash. The recording job is excellent. There! I'm out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roll over the Beatles Oct. 18 2012
By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Well, the quartet from Liverpool were dubbed the Fab 4. This disc, which was awarded a Rosette by the Penguin Guide in those days when such an epaulette counted for something, is also a Fab 4.

It is fabulous music.

It is fabulously played - it does not get any more idiomatic than this.

It is fabulously recorded.

You'll feel fabulous as you luxuriate in this melodic, prismatic music.

Oi Ringo, give us a drumroll!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Deadly Conducting Dec 7 2012
By Peter P. Fuchs - Published on Amazon.com
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I am amazed that anyone could rate this disc highly. The conducting by Pesek is such a travesty. Of course Firkusny always plays well, but there is zero support for what he is doing throughout, and this can be clearly heard in the Third concerto when compared with the Palenicek/Ancerl performance. It sounds as if the conductor gave absolutely no thought to the shape of these works, and so it remains just a disc with great solo moments, but adrift on a sea of what has become vague and plangent Martinu-isms. Not a "tribute" to pianist or composer.
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