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Stephen Plaistow’s notes place Fischer among the more philosophical and individual pianists of the early 20th century, and cite his pupil Alfred Brendel’s description of his playing as ‘untamed, even at its most decorous’. That characteristic lends this huge project to record so many short pieces its edge and a wide rhetorical range – allied of course with Fischer’s famed beauty of tone and control of nuance.
“Fischer's was the first complete recording of the '48' and it set a benchmark which only the greatest have equalled. It's not blemish-free and the recorded sound is variable, but his ego-less playing bequeaths some of the most life-affirming Bach on disc.”
“EMI’s Great Recordings of the Century is exactly what it says: these classic interpretations warrant a place in everybody’s collection.”
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