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Mozart & Bartók: Piano Concertos

Mozart & Bartók: Piano Concertos


Bartók:

Piano Concerto No. 3, BB 127, Sz. 119

live, Munich 24/11/1960

Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Ferenc Fricsay

Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'

London February 1958

Philharmonia Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

London April 1959

Philharmonia Orchestra, Adrian Boult


Ferenc Fricsay, the great Hungarian conductor who died prematurely (1914-1963), contended that musicians had to work on Bartók’s major works in order to master Mozart’s unique combination of profundity and giocoso. His compatriot, the great pianist Annie Fischer, provides eloquent proof of this here, in the andante movement of the 21st Concerto (famously featured in Bo Widerberg’s film 'Elvira Madigan'), reflecting her intimacy with Bartók’s last concerto, composed for his wife Ditta from his deathbed.

“In Mozart’s late concertos Annie Fischer brings supple pianism and intuitive sense of form … Bartok’s valedictory Third is lit with fearless fantasy.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2016 *****

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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 23

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 23


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488


Hungarian pianist Annie Fischer suffered reprisals for her Jewish background, but after the Second World War she enjoyed her international breakthough with Mozart playing of gentle elegance, supple virtuosity and dramatic power.

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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 22

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 22


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

London Feb 1959

Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K482

London April 1959

Philharmonia Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch

Rondo for Piano & Orchestra in D major, K382

live in Budapest Feb 1965

Hungarian Radio SO, Ervin Lukacs

Schubert:

Impromptu in F minor, D935, No. 4

Budapest April 1959


A further selection of timeless illustrations of the pure sound of Austro-Hungarian pianism, here masterfully rendered by Annie Fischer. She offers a dynamic, almost combative alternative to the great Clara Haskil, conveying Mozart’s irrepressible festivity and giocoso when at liberty to write as he pleases. Her intrinsically operatic approach also miraculously pervades Schubert’s late work.

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Lucerne Festival Historic Performances Vol. VIII

Lucerne Festival Historic Performances Vol. VIII

Piano Concertos by Schumann and Beethoven


Beethoven:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19

Lucerne, Kunsthaus, 29/8/1962

Leon Fleisher (piano)

Swiss Festival Orchestra, George Szell

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Lucerne, Kunsthaus, 3/9/1960

Annie Fischer (piano)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini


The eighth disc in the series Lucerne Festival Historic Performances is dedicated to two piano icons: in 1960 and 1962, with two years between them, Hungarian-born Annie Fischer and the American Leon Fleisher made their debuts at Lucerne Festival. Released here for the first time in their entirety, these live recordings document them at the peak of their art.

Sviatoslav Richter called her a “brilliant musician”, accrediting her with “great breath and true depth”. András Schiff acknowledged: “I have never heard more poetic playing in my life.” Annie Fischer, born in Budapest in 1914, gave public performances even as a child, winning the International Liszt Competition in 1930 and after that, except during the war, touring worldwide. Nonetheless, she tends to be rated as an insider’s tip, not least because she left behind only a handful of studio recordings. That makes live recordings such as this, released for the first time, all the more precious: at her only performance in Lucerne in summer 1960, Annie Fischer realised a sensitive, chamber-like and exceptionally poetic reading of the Schumann Piano Concerto with which she “garnered unusually fervent success”, according to the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. She found congenial musical partners in Carlo Maria Giulini and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Leon Fleisher made his Lucerne debut in 1962 at the age of 34: on the peak of his rapid career which had – as had been the case with Annie Fischer – catapulted him into musical life while he was still a child. However, only a few months after his Lucerne performance – released for the first time in its entirety – he developed focal dystonia, making the use of his right hand impossible. During the following decades, Fleisher became a specialist of the left-handed repertoire until, in his old age, he was once again able to play with both hands, thanks to new medical treatments. In Lucerne, he presented himself with one of his party pieces – Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto, which he played with an elegant and transparent tone. The Swiss Festival Orchestra was conducted by George Szell, with whom he had made a studio recording of the concerto one year previously – an interesting comparison. The second half of this concert, Brahms’ First Symphony, is already available in this series of Lucerne Festival Historic Performances and has been awarded the Diapason d’Or as well as a nomination for the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA).

The 32-page booklet in three languages provides extensive background information on Annie Fischer and Leon Fleisher, and also features photos from the festival archives of all artists involved, published here for the very first time.

“Forceful, cleanly articulated and with a poetically charged Intermezzo, it’s a performance that shows Fischer to have been a notably strong, intellectual player.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2016

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Annie Fischer: The Centennial Collection

Annie Fischer: The Centennial Collection

In Concert


Chopin:

Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47

Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 35 'Marche funèbre'

Schubert:

4 Impromptus, D935

Schumann:

Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

Kinderszenen, Op. 15

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 11


This special compilation is released on the anniversary of Annie Fischer’s (1914–1995) 100th birthday: the works on this album are previously unreleased, ‘bootleg’ recordings of her concerts, recorded by Anna Dévény, who since her youth – in the noblest sense of the word – is a true fan and enthusiast of Annie Fischer’s art. This double-disc release contains mainly concert recordings of the 1970’s in Budapest and also one of the encores of the artist’s last concert in Szolnok.

Previously unreleased ‘live’ recordings.

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Annie Fischer: The Essential Collection

Annie Fischer: The Essential Collection


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

Liszt:

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178

Mozart:

Rondo for Piano & Orchestra in D major, K382

Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Ervin Lukács


This recording presents four works, a cut from the extremely wide horizon of Annie Fischer’s art which, though they do not show the full panorama, allow a wide section to be seen. Several composers important to her could naturally not be included in the CD, among others Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, and Bartók. However, the works which appear on this disc and mark the centenary of Annie Fischer’s birth were decisive in her career and are thus worthy of evoking her art.

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Mozart: Favourite Piano Concertos

Mozart: Favourite Piano Concertos


Mozart:

Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K466

Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'

Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major, K482

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488


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Annie Fischer plays Beethoven & Schumann

Annie Fischer plays Beethoven & Schumann


Beethoven:

Eroica Variations, Op. 35

Saal 1, Funkhaus, Köln, 11 February 1957

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

Saal 1, Funkhaus, Köln, 11 February 1957

Schumann:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

Saal 1, Funkhaus, Köln, 28 April 1958

Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Joseph Keilberth


Sviatoslav Richter’s comment that Hungarian-born Annie Fischer (1914–1995) was ‘a great artist imbued with a spirit of greatness and genuine profundity’ is just a sign of the esteem in which her fellow musicians held her. Curiously, of all the mid-century pianists, she seems to have been among the least recorded due to her profound dislike of the studio. Winner of the Franz Liszt International Competition in 1933, she made recordings of Schumann and Liszt with Klemperer (a close friend), Bartók with Markevitch and Mozart with Sawallisch. She recorded over a 15-year period all the Beethoven sonatas for Hungaroton.

Annie Fischer’s ‘unerring awareness’ (David Threasher) of the shifting moods in the Schumann Piano Concerto has been caught in wonderful sound by the WDR engineers in this ‘live’ recording which has never been issued before.

In the two Beethoven works, ‘she is powerfully authoritative’ (David Threasher).

Both these ‘live’ recordings have never been published before.

Maurizio Pollini said Fischer’s playing was marked by ‘a childlike simplicity, immediacy and wonder’ while the distinguished writer Bryce Morrison commented on her ‘depth and spiritual serenity’. All these recordings are great additions to her relatively small discography.

“you are made aware once more of Fischer's robust poetry, of her economical, never inflated or exaggerated style. Less mercurial than, say Moiseiwitsch, less vertiginous than Argerich in the Schumann Concerto, her performance is none the less one of fiery engagement and a grateful sinking into repose in the first movement's melting A flat episode...Throughout, she abhors trickery of any kind...This is a deeply gratifying issue.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2012

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Klemperer conducts Bach

Klemperer conducts Bach


Bach, J S:

Bist du bei mir, BWV508

arr. for strings by Klemperer

Strings of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068: Air ('Air on a G String')

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Magnificat in D major, BWV243

Anna Báthy (soprano 1), Judit Sándor (soprano 2), Magda Tiszay (contralto), Lajos Somogyvári (tenor), György Littasy (bass), Oliver Nagy (continuo), Sandor Margittay (organ)

Budapest Chorus

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV1050

Tibor Ney (violin), János Szebenyi (flute), Annie Fischer (piano)

Budapest Radio Symphony Orchestra


Otto Klemperer's reputation as one of the greatest conductors of the second half of the 20th-century was founded principally on his interpretations of the main orchestral repertoire, but his interests ranged more widely than that. For many years, he was considered to be one of the greatest interpreters of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and on this very important CD we have gathered several of his little-known performances of Bach's music, especially including the Magnificant and the Fifth Brandenburg Concerto, with the legendary Annie Fischer as pianist. In addition, we include two short pieces, an arrangement by Klemperer himself of one of the 'Anna Magdalena' Notebook miniatures, and the famous 'Air' from the Third Orchestral Suite. This is a rare and most valuable collector’s item.

“The real star...is Annie Fischer who plays beautifully, and commandingly, throughout. There isn’t the sense of chamber intimacy in the central movement that others have cultivated, but that’s probably not the intention. What emerges is a good performance, well performed (mostly) and very decently transferred.” MusicWeb International, February 2012

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Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3, BB 127, Sz. 119, etc.

Bartók:

Piano Concerto No. 3, BB 127, Sz. 119

Annie Fischer (piano)

Mahler:

Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'


Recorded 1964

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