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FRANTISEK RAUCH (1910 - 1996)
Czech pianist



Frantisek Rauch studied at the Prague Conservatory where he eventually became a professor of piano.  Among his students were the world renowned harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková, the pianists Valentina Kameníková, and Ivan Klánský. He enjoyed a successful career as a concert artist and recorded some 60 records largely for the Czech label Supraphon.

Frantisek Rauch was a champion of Czech composers from Smetana to Novák, with whom Rauch himself studied composition and whose lovely music is worth further investigation, to Petr Eben who had been his student and whose piano concerto as performed by Rauch can be heard on this page.

I adore Moura Lympany, yet I find Frantisek Rauch's performance of the Chopin Op 42 waltz to be more detailed and more satisfying. Lympany seems hurried and at times careless by comparison.  In fact, I quite like all the Chopin I've hear him play. 



Beethoven  Piano Concerto in E major, Op 73 "Emperor"
Karel Šejna conducting the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

recorded ca1953


i Allegro



ii Adagio poco mosso



iii Rondo: Allegro




Chopin  Piano Cncerto 2 in F minor, Op 11
Václav Smetáček conducting the Prague Symphony Orchestra

recorded ca1965


ii
Larghetto



iii Allegro vivace




Chopin  Scherzo 2 in B minor, Op 31




Chopin  Waltzes

recorded n the 1950s


  1 in E major, Op 18



5 in A major, Op 42
Frantisek Rauch
03:34 ➢ Moura Lympany



6 in D major, Op 64~1 "Minute"




Liszt  Piano Concerto 2 in A major
Václav Smetácek conducting thr Prague Symphony Orchestra


Part I



Part II




Smetana  "Sketches"

Op 4
1 Preludium
2 Idyll
3 Souvenir
4 Relentless Struggle

Op 5
07:571 Scherzo-Polka
2 Melancholy
3 Cheerful
4 Rhapsody




Smetana  2 Polka in A minor from Czech Dances for Piano




Smetana  "Reves" Six morceaux caractéristiques

1 Faded Happiness
2 Consolation
3 In Bohemia
4 In the Salon
5 Near the Castle
6 Harvest Home




Vitězslav Novák (1870-1949)  Chansons des nuits d'hiver, Op 30

1 Chanson de la nuit de clair de lune - Andante amoroso
04:512 Chanson de la nuit d'orage - Allegro tempestoso
07:113 Chanson de la nuit de Noël - Andante misterioso
13:354 Chanson de la nuit de Carnaval - Allegro burlesco, rubato

recorded in 1957




Vítězslav Novák  1 in C major "Spring" from Sonatinas, Op 54


i Allegro molto moderato "The Nightingale Darted Skyward And Rejoices"



ii Andante "The Forest's Greeting"



iii Allegro giocoso "Merry Company"




Vitězslav Novák  from Jeunesse, Op 55

Clair de lune
02:27 ➢ Berceuse

recorded in 1970




Emil Axman (1887-1949)  Piano Concerto (1939)
Josef Hrnčíř conducting an unidentified orchestra




Jaroslav Řídký (1897-1956)  Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op 46 (1952)
Jaroslav Řídký conducting the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

recorded ca1958


i Moderato assai



ii Adagio no troppo



iii Allegro risoluto




Petr Eben (1929-2007)  Concerto for piano and orchestra (1961)
Karel Ančerl conducting the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

i Allegro risoluto
08:38ii Tranquillo
18:40iii Molto con brio

This concerto was dedicated to Frantisek Rauch who gave its first performance.










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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