Janacek: Taras Bulba; Sinfonietta; Concertino

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LABELS: DG Classikon
WORKS: Taras Bulba; Sinfonietta; Concertino
PERFORMER: Rudolf Firkusny (piano)Bavarian RSO/Rafael Kubelík
CATALOGUE NO: 439 437-2 ADD (1971/72)
The only slight disadvantage about this splendid CD is some slightly frayed-sounding brass playing at the start of the Sinfonietta. This aside, Kubelík’s performances of Taras Bulba and the Sinfonietta are among the very best available: dramatic without being hectoring. With Rudolf Firkusny as the soloist in the engagingly quirky Concertino, Kubelík turns in another performance of persuasive authenticity. In short, none of these performances should be missed. Jan Smaczny