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Schumann
Piano Concerto
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Beethoven
Eroica Variations
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Piano Sonata No.30
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Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-
Orchester
Joseph Keilberth

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Sviatoslav Richter said that that Hungarian born Annie Fischer was 'a great artist imbued with a spirit of greatness and genuine profundity' while Pollini felt her playing contained 'a childlike simplicity, immediacy and wonder'.Compared to her peers, she seems to have been among the the least recorded due to her dislike of the studio. David Threasher in his booklet notes remarked that Fischer had 'unerring awareness' of the shifting moods in this 1958 live recording of Schumann's Piano Concerto and was 'powerfully authoriative' in the two Beethoven Sonatas from 1957. None of these WDR performances have been published before.

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ROBERT SCHUMANN 1810–1856

Piano Concerto in A minor op.54*

1 I Allegro affettuoso                                                                                                                     14.53

2 II Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso                                                                                        5.42

3 III Allegro vivace                                                                                                                            11.05

 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN 1770–1827

Variations and Fugue in E flat major on an Original Theme op.35 ‘Eroica’

4 Theme                                                                                                                                              3.31

5 Variation 1                                                                                                                                       0.40

6 Variation 2                                                                                                                                       0.52

7 Variation 3                                                                                                                                       0.42

8 Variation 4                                                                                                                                       0.41

9 Variation 5                                                                                                                                       0.50

10 Variation 6                                                                                                                                     0.43

11 Variation 7                                                                                                                                     0.41

12 Variation 8                                                                                                                                     0.43

13 Variation 9                                                                                                                                     0.36

14 Variation 10                                                                                                                                  0.42

15 Variation 11                                                                                                                                  0.41

16 Variation 12                                                                                                                                  0.40

17 Variation 13                                                                                                                                  0.36

18 Variation 14                                                                                                                                  1.16

19 Variation 15                                                                                                                                  4.30

20 Finale: Alla Fuga                                                                                                                          4.24

 

Piano Sonata No.30 in E major op.109

21 I Vivace ma non troppo – Adagio espressivo                                                                  3.44

22 II Prestissimo                                                                                                                               2.24

23 III Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung (Andante molto cantabile                     12.14

ed espressivo)

 

ANNIE FISCHER piano

*Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester (Now renamed WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln)

*Joseph Keilberth

Schumann- Piano Concerto in A minor op.54 - Allegro affettuoso

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Martin Kendrick
08/Aug/2013

“The performance is alive with incident and passion, shape and poise too, but without prissiness…grandly effective.”

ClassicalSource.com

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    Martin Kendrick
    08/Aug/2013

    “The 'Eroica' Variations are acutely characterized, while Op. 109 is a reading at its most noble and elevated in the finale: this is heavenly playing. The braodcast sound is very good throughout.”

    International Record Review

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      Martin Kendrick
      08/Aug/2013

      “Throughout, she adhors trickery of any kind...a quality demonstrated with superb authority in the Eroica Variations. Here, exuberance and a certain classical sobriety combine to produce playing with an unfaltering ring of truth.”

      Gramophone

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