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ANNIE FISCHER PLAYS BEETHOVEN



Annie Fischer plays Beethoven in a way that few can match.  She was one of the greatest performers of the master's music, and in my opinion could have taught Schnabel and maybe all the other so called Beethoven experts a thing or two.  The beauty of her phrasing and her touch, the subtlety with which she brings out hidden lines and gives them life, the tenderness and intensity of the drama of her playing is accomplished without inserting anything of herself between the composer and the listener.  She understood perfectly well when, and the extent to which, the interpretation was already written in the score, that it did not need her help to make it heard or felt, and allowed it to come directly from the composer.

One does not come away from one of her performances thinking about the wonder way she had with the music.  Rather, one feels that one has had the immense pleasure of a direct communion with the music.  The recollection, almost after the fact, is simply that this is the way Annie Fischer plays Beethoven.

Follow this link for performances by Annie Fischer in concerti by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Bartók.



Beethoven  "Fur Elise"

recorded ca1955




Beethoven  32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 1 in F minor, Op 2~1

i Allegro
03:40ii Adagio
08:58iii Menuetto - Allegretto
11:57iv Prestissimo

recorded in 1977-78




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 2 in A major, Op 2~2

i Allegro vivace
06:46ii Adagio
12:18iii Scherzo - Allegretto
15:28iv Rondo - Graziosoo

recorded in 1977-78




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 3 in C major, Op 2~3

i Allegro con brio
09:53ii Adagio
17:41iii Scherzo - Allegro
20:58iv Allegro assai

recorded in 1977-78




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 4 in C major, Op 7

i Allegro molto e con brio
08:00ii Largo, con gran espressione
16:22iii Allegro
21:18iv Poco allegretto




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 7 in D major, Op 10~3

i Presto
ii Largo e mesto
iii Menuetto - Allegro
iv Rondo - Allegro




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 8 in C minor, Op 13 "Pathétique"

i Grave. Allegro di molto e con brio
08:29ii Adagio cantabile
13:32
iii Rondo - Allegro




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 10 in G major, Op 14~2

i Allegro



ii Andante (variations)



iii Scherzo - Allegro assai




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 12 in A major, Op 26

i Andante con variazioni
ii Scherzo - Allegro molto
iii Maestoso andante, marcia funebre sulla morte d'un eroe
iv Allegro

recorded in 1977-78




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 14 in C major, Op 27~2 "Moonlight"

i Adagio sostenuto
06:38ii Allegretto
08:47iii Presto agitato

recorded in 1977-78




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 15 in D major, Op 28 "Pastoral"

i Allegro
08:41ii Andante
15:51 iii Scherzo - Allegro assai
18:10 iv Rondo - Allegro ma non troppo

recorded in 1977-78




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 16 in G major, Op 31~1

i Allegro vivace
ii Adagio grazioso
iii Rondo - Allegretto. Presto




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 17 in D minor, Op 31~2 "Tempest"

i Adagio

recorded in 1977-78




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 20 in G major, Op 49~2

i Allegro ma non troppo
ii Tempo di menuetto




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 21 in C major, Op 53, "Waldstein"

recorded in the early 1950s


i
Allegro con brio
08:07
ii Introduzione - Adagio molto. Attacca (beginning)




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 22 in F major, Op 54

i In tempo d'un minuetto
04:59ii Allegretto

recorded in 1977-78




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 23 in F minor, Op 57 "Appassionata"

i Allegro assai
09:08ii Andante con moto
15:34
iii Allegro ma non troppo

recorded in 1977-78




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 24 in F major, Op 78

i Adagio cantabile
04:35ii Allegro vivace

recorded in 1977-78




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 25 in G major, Op 79

i Presto alla tedesca
04:41ii Andante
07:21iii Vivace

recorded in 1977




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 27 in E minor, Op 90

i Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
05:09ii Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorzutragen

recorded in 1977-78




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 28 in A major, Op 101

i Allegretto ma non troppo
04:03ii Vivace alla marcia
09:33iii Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto
12:15iv Allegro

recorded in 1977




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 29 in B major, Op 106 "Hammerklavier"

i Allegro
11:03ii Scherzo
14:01iii Adagio sostenuto
33:50
iv Largo. Allegro risoluto

recorded in 1977-78




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 30 in E major, Op 109

i Vivace ma non troppo
03:41ii Prestissimo
06:04iii Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung

recorded in 1977-78




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 31 in A major, Op 110

i Moderato cantabile, molto espressivo
06:21ii Allegro molto
08:43iii Adagio ma non troppo. Fuga

recorded in 1977-78




Beethoven  Piano Sonata 32 in C minor, Op 111

i Maestoso. Allegro con brio e appassionato
ii Arietta - Adagio molto semplice e cantabile

recorded in 1977-78










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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