P0744. GÉZA ANDA: Haydn, Schumann, Brahms, Chopin, Ravel & Liebermann. (Germany) 2–Hänssler 94.211, recorded 1950-55. - 4010276023265
“Géza Anda was Hungarian born, but for most of short life his career was centered in German-speaking lands: Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. One of the ways in which Anda's fame was initially established was through his work for South German radio, the SDR and SWF, which merged in 1998 into SWR. The recordings on Hänssler Classic's’Géza Anda spielt Haydn, Schumann, Ravel, Liebermann, Chopin, Brahms’ all derive from the archives of the SWR and date from the late first and early second decades of Anda's recorded career; 1950 and 1951 broadcasts from Stuttgart on the first disc and a 1955 recital from Ludwigsburg. As for sound quality, the 1950-1951 dates are bright, constricted, and somewhat grainy like most German mono recordings belonging to the early '50s; the Ludwigsburg tape is better, warmer with more of a sense of presence. All of this material is new to public release except for the Ludwigsburg Chopin Etudes, Op. 25, which were released on an Ariola LP belonging to yet another series of Anda that appeared in 1980.”
- Hans Lick
“In an age of well trained automata set to shine briefly on the competition circuit, Anda’s was a wholly personal voice backed by pianism and craftsmanship of a transcendental sheen and precision….Géza Anda’s…tragic death at the age of 54 extinguished a light that could never be replaced.
- Bryce Morrison, GRAMOPHONE, Aug., 2008