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Geza Anda spielt Haydn, Schumann, Ravel, Chopin

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 38 in F major, H 16 no 23
>Schumann, Robert : Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13
>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
>Liebermann, Rolf : Piano Sonata
>Chopin, Frédéric : Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23
>Schumann, Robert : Carnaval, Op. 9
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25
>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117
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Notes & Reviews:

Geza Anda's early reputation was built upon his unrivaled mastery of the great Romantic repertoire: Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Ravel. As he grew as an artist, he developed a special affinity for the Piano Concertos of Mozart, but was rather ambivalent to the solo piano works of the Salzburg master, or for that matter, even some music of Haydn and Beethoven. The current program, drawn both from studio recordings dating from 1950-51 (Haydn, Schumann, Opus 13, Ravel and Liebermann) and from a 1955 live concert, incorporated in 1950 and 1951) and a concert from 1955 reflects some of the artist's musical preoccupations.



Reviews

Geza Anda Rides again
I have always loved Geza Anda's playing. And I will always love his playing. He was a great pianist who belonged to an age which included the likes of Dinu Lipatti, Yves Nat, Samson Francois, Rudolf Serkin and Robert Casadesus, and whose relationship with the music was a thing of beauty. One of the first records I ever owned was Anda playing the Liszt E flat concerto. There was a relaxation about it that thrills me still. On the back was a photo of Anda holding a cigarette, 1950 style, the very look (and sound) of a gentleman pianist. Scales, arpeggios, thirds, octaves? Who cares, the music's the thing. These were descendants of Cortot, Edwin Fischer, Gieseking and Kempff, and they made lovely music. There were the graceful women pianists too, of that generation, Novaes, Lympany, Annie Fischer, and their glory was a rediscovery of the music they were playing by taking a step back from the "moi generation" that preceded them. This was the last generation of great pianists prior to the advent of the musical-industrial complex. Casadesus and Serkin benefited from it - Columbia Records, Ormandy, Szell, Philadelphia, Cleveland, the American Musical Renaissance. Sadly, the immense and entirely deserved popular adulation of the others just faded away - even Lipatti whose cult-like following has kept his name and glorious playing somewhat to the fore. Well, I am delighted to say that over the years many of Anda's recording have been re-issued on CD. But these recordings from the 1950's are just out of this world. Buy the 2-disc set and start with disc 2. Listen to the Brahms Intermezzo a few times to allow your ear to get accustomed to his accent. Then lose yourselves in Schumann's Carnaval followed by the Chopin Etudes from Op. 25, to die for, and the glorious world of Geza Anda. Such elegant playing. Such relaxed joy in the music making. Such a tragedy that he left us so early.
Submitted on 05/02/10 by Leni Bogat 
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Works Details

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Sonata for Keyboard no 38 in F major, H 16 no 23
  • Performer: Géza Anda (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1773

>Schumann, Robert : Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13
  • Performer: Géza Anda (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1834-1861

>Ravel, Maurice : Valses nobles et sentimentales
  • Performer: Géza Anda (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1911

>Liebermann, Rolf : Piano Sonata
  • Performer: Géza Anda (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23
  • Performer: Géza Anda (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Schumann, Robert : Carnaval, Op. 9
  • Performer: Géza Anda (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1833-1835

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25
  • Performer: Géza Anda (Piano)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835-1837

>Brahms, Johannes : Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117
  • Performer: Géza Anda (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892