Firkusny: Brahms solo piano recital - Capitol P 8485 (rainbow label); LP is VG
Jacket EX / LP VG / US pressing
This beautiful LP from Capitol (P 8485, US pressing, rainbow label – Capitol FDS logo at 9 o’clock, mono) entitled “Firkusny plays Brahms” features that remarkable Czech pianist in a recital devoted entirely to the great German composer’s piano music, a truly sublime recital warmly recorded at Capitol’s 46th St. Studios, New York City, in 1959.
The exact contents are as follows:
Rhapsody in G minor Op. 79 No. 2
Intermezzo in B-flat minor Op. 117 No. 2
Capriccio in F-sharp minor Op. 76 No. 1
Intermezzo in A-flat Major Op. 76 No. 3
Capriccio in D minor Op. 116 No. 1
Intermezzo in E-flat minor Op. 118 No. 6
Intermezzo in B minor Op. 119 No. 1
Intermezzo in E minor Op. 119 No. 2
Intermezzo in C Major Op. 119 No. 3
Rhapsody in E-flat Major Op. 119 No. 4
As the erudite editors of the ubiquitous Penguin Guide once said of this master pianist in his DG recordings of Janacek, Firkusny plays with “rapt, hammerless tone” and is wholly inside Brahms’s unique sound world. This is exalted playing by any measure and all those who love the art of the piano will find much to treasure here. The recorded sound is absolutely first rate. This album was produced by Richard Jones.
There are informative liner notes on the reverse side of the jacket by Karl Geiringer, printed in English only. The striking cover photo of Firkusny is uncredited.
CONDITION – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is EXCELLENT. There is wear and discoloration at the corners, as well as some shelfwear and aging. However, there are no seamsplits, bends, owners’ markings, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive – overall, an excellent collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is VERY GOOD. Though there is light surface noise throughout, in general the playback remains excellent. However, those wanting a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as a very good collector's copy.