Mischa Levitski Piano Recital – 1936 – Past Daily Weekend Gallimaufry

Mischa Levitski - one of the bright lights in a field of bright lights in the 1930s.

Mischa Levitski – one of the bright lights in a field of bright lights in the 1930s.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Mischa Levitski – in Recital – RCA Magic Key – August 23, 1936 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection.

Sadly, a short recital and not in the best quality. This recital from famed pianist Mischa Levitski comes via the RCA Magic Key Program which was a weekly show sponsored by RCA Victor Records, featuring primarily their own acts in a showcase setting. This show was originally broadcast on August 23, 1936 and it comes in somewhat truncated form because a special broadcast from Commentator Floyd Gibbons, reporting on the fighting in Madrid in the midst of the Spanish Civil War was subjected to a lot of censorship and was cut off at one point. When the censorship issues were resolved, Gibbons’ broadcast resumed and Levitski was cut short.

But no matter what the circumstances, a live performance by one of the great pianists of the early 20th century, no matter how much or how little, is of great value and a rarity for fans of the Piano.

If you aren’t familiar with Mischa Levitski, I would suggest doing a Google search to see what other historic recordings of his are out there. He recorded almost exclusively for RCA-Victor and I think most, if not all of those commercial recordings have been reissued and may still be available. If you are familiar with the work of Mischa Levitski, this should come as a pleasant surprise. And as you can tell, we like surprises.

Enjoy . . .even if it is 7 minutes worth.

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