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5.0 out of 5 stars ANNIE FISCHER - A GREAT ARTIST.
These Cologne radio broadcasts from 1957 & 1958 show the Hungarian pianist Annie Fischer to be an artist to her fingertips. She captures the intimate lyrical poetry of the duet between clarinet and piano in the first movement of Schumann's piano concerto ideally. The second movement Intermezzo is deeply moving while her lively account of the Finale benefits from a tempo...
Published on 28 Mar 2012 by arffizc

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2.0 out of 5 stars Ho-Hum.
This pianist has a committed cheering section among those of a certain age cohort who've cut their teeth on vintage Cziffra and Malcuzynski (See Amazon 5* reviewer above using the name "arfficz" and click on his "see all my reviews" link.)

"Arfficz" must be the champion reviewer & archivist for every Malcuzynski album ever released and that entrenched taste...
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANNIE FISCHER - A GREAT ARTIST., 28 Mar 2012
This review is from: Schumann/ Beethoven: Fischer (Piano Concerto/ Eroica) (ICA Classics: ICAC 5062) (Audio CD)
These Cologne radio broadcasts from 1957 & 1958 show the Hungarian pianist Annie Fischer to be an artist to her fingertips. She captures the intimate lyrical poetry of the duet between clarinet and piano in the first movement of Schumann's piano concerto ideally. The second movement Intermezzo is deeply moving while her lively account of the Finale benefits from a tempo that gives the music time to speak without being rushed off its feet. Fischer's Beethoven has plenty of strength, energy and brio in the 'Eroica' Variations and in the second prestissimo movement of the Sonata in E major Op.109. She plays the final movement with an expressive cantabile tone quality that reaches the soul of this profound music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly moving rendition, 24 Jun 2013
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I first heard Annie Fischer play Schumann's Piano Concerto over forty years ago, when I hired a Vinyl LP from the local Library. I found her interpretation so moving, it was clear to me even then that here was a Pianist supreme, who felt with passion, every note she played. I vowed then, that I would one day travel to wherever, to see her in Concer. But alas with the distractions of modern life and family, the years rolled by until it was too late - Annie had been lost to us all, if I remember correctly I believe in 1997. As this piece is a favourite of mine, I have several different recordings by other eminent Pianists, including Martha Argerich, and Leonard Pennario, each brilliant in their virtuosity, but none as moving as Annie Fischer.

For those who take interest in the life of the Composer, Schumann's Concerto was met with derision and poor revues at the time, because he had dared to change the accepted format of the day, along with comments like 'He should stick to what he knows'!!. He was deeply upset by this, to the extent that he never again wrote a Piano Concerto despite being quite prolific in other area's of Music. It was only after his death that the piece really became appreciated to the extent where it is now considered by many to be among the very best of Piano Concerto's. This recording then, in my view, evokes Annie Fischer's understanding of the piece along with an understanding of the Composer. Despite being an aging Mono recording, Annie's rendition remains the best of all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 Sep 2014
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ho-Hum., 16 May 2014
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Ronald Haak (Cork, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Schumann/ Beethoven: Fischer (Piano Concerto/ Eroica) (ICA Classics: ICAC 5062) (Audio CD)
This pianist has a committed cheering section among those of a certain age cohort who've cut their teeth on vintage Cziffra and Malcuzynski (See Amazon 5* reviewer above using the name "arfficz" and click on his "see all my reviews" link.)

"Arfficz" must be the champion reviewer & archivist for every Malcuzynski album ever released and that entrenched taste moves him to discern similar traits in this Annie Fischer album. I disagree with his praise of Fischer and potential buyers need not be swept along prior to potential purchase. Fischer disturbs not a blade of grass in these inherited lawns. Everything is as inherited. There may be "grave and serious beauty" to be found in certain segments, but these are too wedded to overstandardized approach and technique.

Potential buyers seeking very lofty pianism should shun this one and turn instead to Prokofiev: The War Sonatas (Sonatas Nos. 6/ 7/ 8) (Boris Giltburg) (Orchid Classics: ORC100023) for a quiet sizzler. They won't for a moment wonder if they've missed anything by going for Giltburg instead of Annie Fischer's loyal garden of Malcuzynski.
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