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ANNIE FISCHER
Hungarian pianist (1914-1995)



Annie Fischer was a pupil of Ernő Dohnányi at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in her native Budapest.  She was greatly admired by the conductor Otto Klemperer.  Sviatoslav Richter wrote, "Annie Fischer is a great artist imbued with a spirit of greatness and genuine profundity." And Maurizio Pollini praised her "childlike simplicity, immediacy and wonder."

Annie Fischer's Beethoven reigns supreme.  Her performances of the piano sonatas are stunning.  Just listen to the first movement of Op 2 number 3, and the "Hammerklavier" which sizzles without being ponderous.  It is not, after all, named "The Anvil'. And yet, she herself did not think these recording quite perfect enough to be released, and they were not until after her death.  I can hardly imagine to what inner ideal she compared them to and found them lacking.

But perhaps the most exquisite performance here is that of the Schubert B major sonata.  It is certainly one of the very finest I have heard of this glorious work.

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




Handel  Chaconne in G major




Haydn  Andante with variations in F minor, Hob XVII:6

recorded in 1958




Mozart  Piano Sonata 10 in C major, K 330

i Allegro moderato
06:23ii Andante cantabile
14:29iii Allegretto

recorded in 1951




Mozart  Piano Sonata 14 in C minor, K 457

i Allegro
06:23ii Adagio
14:29iii Molto allegro

recorded live in 1971




Schubert  Impromptus, Op 142 in F minor, OP 142 (D 935)


2 in A major



3 in B major [rec live in 1951]



4 in F minor [rec in 1957 or 1964]




Schubert  Piano Sonata in B major, D 960

i Molto moderato
13:25ii Andante sostenuto
23:34iii Scherzo - Allegro vivace con delicatezza
27:41iv Allegro, ma non troppo

recorded in 1968




Mendelssohn  Rondo Capriccioso, Op 14




Chopin  Ballade 1 in G minor, Op 23

recorded live in 1951




Chopin  Scherzo 3 in C minor, Op 39




Chopin  Waltz 6 in D major, Op 64~1 "Minute"




Chopin  Fantaisie-Impromptu in C minor, Op posth (Op 66)

recorded ca1955




Schumann  Carnaval, Op 9

recorded live in 1963




Schumann  Kinderszenen. Op 15

recorded live in 1986




Schumann  Kreisleriana, Op 16

recorded in 1966




Schumann  Fantaisie, Op 17

recorded live in 1956




Liszt  3 "Un Sospiro" from Trois Études de Concert

recorded in 1961




Liszt  Grande Étude de Paganini 6




Liszt  Hungarian Rhapsody 14

recorded live in 1951




Liszt  Sonata in B minor

recorded in 1953




Brahms  Piano Sonata in F minor, Op 5


i Allegro maestoso
08:34ii Andante. Andante espressivo
20:00iii Scherzo - Allegro energico
23:35iv Intermezzo - Andante molto
27:31iv Finale. Allegro moderato ma rubato

recorded live in 1961




Dohnányi  Rhapsody 3 in C major, Op 11




Bartók  Allegro barbaro

recorded live in 1951




Bartók  Romanian folk dance, Sz 43~1

recordd live in 1951




Bartók 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs, Sz 71

recorded live in 1961










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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