P1091. GEZA ANDA: Intermezzo in E-flat, Op.117 (Brahms);
w.Leitner Cond. SWR S.O.: Concerto #1 in b-flat (Tschaikowsky); w.Müller-Kray Cond.: Concerto #2 (Bartók). (Germany) Hänssler 94.225, Broadcast Performances, 1950 & 1973. - 4010276026693
“Géza Anda single-handedly helped the Bartók’s Second Piano Concerto attain a truly international breakthrough in Salzburg in1952; this CD offers his first public performance of the work in 1950. This recording allows a fascinating insight into the beginnings of a lifelong passion and shows why Anda was predestined to become the paramount representative of this concerto. Even as a very young man, Anda had performed the Tchaikovsky first, but in later years this most famous of all piano concertos only sporadically appeared on his programs. This recording from 1973 documents a blissful evening; sound, touch and phrasing always remain flexible and differentiated with all the desire of overflowing – life-affirming gestures. A subtle, burnished tone of exquisite beauty and sublime serenity informs his interpretation of Brahms’ Intermezzo in E flat Major, performed by Anda as an encore following the Tchaikovsky Concerto, opening up the very poetic essence of this late Brahms work.”
- 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