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Schumann/ Beethoven: Fischer

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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), Bartok 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.
Item number ICAC 5062
Barcode 5060244550629
Release date 27/02/2012
Category Romantic
Label ICA Classics
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Artists Fischer, Annie
Composers Beethoven, Ludwig van
Schumann, Robert
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