4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2012
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.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 2013
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.