John Ogdon piano
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Rafael Kubelík conductor
Symphony No. 99 in E-flat major, Hob.I:99
Piano Concerto, Op. 42
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
(Recordings: Lucerne, 1968)
In the summer of 1968, a few days after the brutal suppression of the “Prague Spring”, the Czech émigré Rafael Kubelík conducted a gripping concert in his adopted home city of Lucerne: a Haydn Symphony, full of joie de vivre, and a passionately glowing account of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony frame Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto, played by the British piano legend John Ogdon in his only appearance at Lucerne Festival.
The 32-page booklet is in three languages and richly illustrated and contains a detailed portrait of the conductor by Wolfgang Stähr.
The Historic Performances CD series presents live concert recordings of influential Festival artists. The sound quality of the original tapes has been painstakingly restored, and each release is accompanied by extensive documentation of its historical as well as artistic significance, together with photos and historical material from the Festival archives – a history of the Festival in sound.