P1300. ANNIE FISCHER: Handel, Beethoven, Schubert & Bartok - Live Performance, 15 Jan., 1959; w.Emmanuel Krivine Cond. NRDF S.O.: Piano Concerto #20 in d, K.466 (Mozart), Live Performance, 27 Feb., 1976 (both Paris). [Offered here is a truly exquisite performance of the K.466, beautifully conducted by Krivine and recorded in a bright, spacious acoustic!] (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-793. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“Annie Fischer, a Hungarian pianist known for the elegance of her Mozart performances and her vital, prismatic approach to early Romantic repertory, was a pianist who played with an intensity of concentration and focus that seemed almost at odds with the poetry and impetuousness of her interpretive style. She shunned the machinery of modern career-making and rarely gave interviews. Preferring not to be far from Budapest, she performed mostly in Europe, although she undertook several brief tours of the United States over the last 13 years. And because she disliked making recordings, the comparatively few disks she recorded for Deutsche Grammophon and EMI are prized by collectors.
Miss Fischer was born in Budapest on July 5, 1914, and studied with Anton Székely and Ernst von Dohnanyi at the Franz Liszt Academy. She made her public performing debut in Budapest when she was 8, and she toured as a concerto soloist when she was 12. Her mature career began in 1933 when she toured Europe as the winner of the first prize in the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition. In 1935 she married the musicologist and conductor Aladar Toth, who died in 1971. In 1941 they left Hungary for Sweden, and Miss Fischer suspended her performing career during World War II. She began touring Europe again in 1946, after she and her husband returned to Budapest. But she did not make her United States debut until 1961, when she played the Mozart Concerto in E flat (K. 482) with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Her American performances thereafter were sporadic, and she made her belated Carnegie Hall recital debut in 1982. In recent seasons, she gave recitals every two or three years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Early in her career, Miss Fischer developed a large repertory that ranged from Bach to Bartok, but from the start her Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann performances were singled out for particular praise. Critics often noted that her appeal was in her interpretations rather than in her technique. She could expand rhythms beyond their natural boundaries, and particularly in her later years, complete accuracy in dense passages sometimes eluded her. Yet the impression one carried away from her performances was of an insightful and intensely musical player. On three occasions Miss Fischer was awarded the Kossuth Prize by the Hungarian Government.”
- Allan Kozinn, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 13 April, 1995
“Emmanuel Krivine is respected as one of the world’s most distinguished conductors whose elegant and colourful interpretations have made him a favourite with leading orchestras and soloists around the world. Regarded as one of the foremost French musicians today, Krivine has held a number of important positions in France and in September 2017 took up the post of Music Director of the Orchestre National de France, the orchestra’s first French Music Director in over 40 years. He is a passionate educator, who regularly conducts orchestras of young musicians, and in 2004 he created a period-instrument ensemble, La Chambre Philharmonique, now one of the most important groups of its kind.
Emmanuel Krivine has conducted the world’s finest orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony and London Philharmonic orchestras, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. In North America, he has conducted the Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston Symphony, National Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra where he made a triumphant debut in 2016/17 and returned in 2017/18. He has worked with the Sydney, Melbourne, NHK and Yomiuri Nippon symphony orchestras. A passion for working with chamber orchestras has led to tours with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and he took up the post of Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 2015.”
- Theatre Beijing, 4 Sept., 2018