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Schumann: Piano Concerto; Beethoven: Eroica Variations; Sonata No. 30 / Annie Fischer

> Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 - I. Allegro affettuoso
> Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 - II. Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso
> Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 - III. Allegro vivace
> 15 Variations and a Fugue on an Original Theme in E flat major, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations" - Introduzione col Basso del Tema
> 15 Variations and a Fugue on an Original Theme in E flat major, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations" - Variation 1
> 15 Variations and a Fugue on an Original Theme in E flat major, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations" - Variation 2
> 15 Variations and a Fugue on an Original Theme in E flat major, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations" - Variation 3
> 15 Variations and a Fugue on an Original Theme in E flat major, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations" - Variation 4
> 15 Variations and a Fugue on an Original Theme in E flat major, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations" - Variation 5
> 15 Variations and a Fugue on an Original Theme in E flat major, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations" - Variation 6
> 15 Variations and a Fugue on an Original Theme in E flat major, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations" - Variation 7
> 15 Variations and a Fugue on an Original Theme in E flat major, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations" - Variation 8
> 15 Variations and a Fugue on an Original Theme in E flat major, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations" - Variation 9
> 15 Variations and a Fugue on an Original Theme in E flat major, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations" - Variation 10
> 15 Variations and a Fugue on an Original Theme in E flat major, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations" - Variation 11
> 15 Variations and a Fugue on an Original Theme in E flat major, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations" - Variation 12
> 15 Variations and a Fugue on an Original Theme in E flat major, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations" - Variation 13
> 15 Variations and a Fugue on an Original Theme in E flat major, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations" - Variation 14
> 15 Variations and a Fugue on an Original Theme in E flat major, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations" - Variation 15
> 15 Variations and a Fugue on an Original Theme in E flat major, Op. 35, "Eroica Variations" - Finale: Alla Fuga
> Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 - I. Vivace ma non troppo
> Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 - II. Prestissimo
> Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 - III. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung: Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (15) and Fugue for Piano in E flat major, Op. 35 "Eroica"
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

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. 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 are available for this first time on this release. All these recordings are great additions to her relatively small discography.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2012
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.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Saal 1, Funkhaus, Cologne.



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54
  • Performer: Annie Fischer (Piano)
  • Conductor: Joseph Keilberth
  • Ensemble: WDR Symphony Orchestra Koln
  • Running Time: 31 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1841

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (15) and Fugue for Piano in E flat major, Op. 35 "Eroica"
  • Performer: Annie Fischer (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109
  • Performer: Annie Fischer (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1820