Schumann, Beethoven: Works for Piano

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All Music Guide - Jeffrey K. Chase
The late Hungarian pianist Annie Fischer deserves to be better known. She was one of those prodigies who began in full blossom; even when still a young pianist she was known as much for interpretive penetration as for technical prowess. She had astonishing physical strength for a woman of such small physical stature. In her hands the familiar Schumann "Carnival, Op. 9," recorded in 1963, becomes poetically lyrical and free of a stereotypical reading. With its contrasts of impetuousness with calmness and dryness with drollery, as one might expect reflect Schumann's personal mood changes, Fischer probes this work of vignettes with drama, boldness, and passion. Fischer ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeffrey K. Chase
The late Hungarian pianist Annie Fischer deserves to be better known. She was one of those prodigies who began in full blossom; even when still a young pianist she was known as much for interpretive penetration as for technical prowess. She had astonishing physical strength for a woman of such small physical stature. In her hands the familiar Schumann "Carnival, Op. 9," recorded in 1963, becomes poetically lyrical and free of a stereotypical reading. With its contrasts of impetuousness with calmness and dryness with drollery, as one might expect reflect Schumann's personal mood changes, Fischer probes this work of vignettes with drama, boldness, and passion. Fischer has an uncanny intellectual command of Beethoven's sonatas. Throughout her career she was tempted to record the complete sonata cycle, but her sense of the ideal contravened her several starts of this project. In addition, because she much preferred the concert stage to the recording studio, it never happened. Her readings of all of the Beethoven piano sonatas have been issued on Hungaroton; however, those discs were not recorded as a set, but were compiled from various performances. These 1987 recordings of two of the lesser-known Beethoven sonatas -- the early period "No. 7 in D, Op. 10/3," and the middle period "No. 16 in G, Op. 31/1," are from late in her career. These readings are highly charged with tension, yet free from showmanship. By carefully limning the movement's architecture and sensitively tending to tone color, she communicates the drama and humor in the notes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/2006
  • Label: Bbc Legends
  • UPC: 684911419924
  • Catalog Number: 4199
  • Sales rank: 143,149

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–21 Carnaval for piano, Op. 9 - Robert Schumann & Annie Fischer (25:30)
  2. 22–25 Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10/3 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Annie Fischer (22:40)
  3. 26–28 Piano Sonata No. 16 in G major, Op. 31/1 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Annie Fischer (22:18)
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