The Hungarian Master Pianist and His Best Recordings
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The piano virtuoso Géza Anda was famous for his brilliant technique, a crystal-clear touch and playing that was as sensitive as it was precise. He was Hungarian-born and so belonged to a longestablished tradition steeped in rich musical history.
Composers such as Liszt, Bartok and Kodály come to mind, and the conductors Solti, Fricsay or Dorati, as well as a number of first-class pianists, for instance Andor Foldes, who like Anda was excellently taught by Ernst von Dohnányi and also awarded first prize in the prestigious Franz Liszt competition.
The content of this compilation reflects Anda's preference for the classical/romantic repertoire and his admiration for his countryman Bela Bartók, whose piano concertos 2 and 3 together with the first part of the cycle ''For Children'' and the sonatinas can be heard here.
In addition to the works already mentioned, piano concertos and solo works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Chopin and Liszt, among others, are included in recordings made between 1953 and 1959.
In Mozart's concerto for two pianos and orchestra in E flat, and Bach s concerto for two pianos and orchestra in C, Anda is joined by the great Rumanian pianist Clara Haskil. Also on board are giants of the conductor's rostrum such as Herbert von Karajan, Ferenc Fricsay and Igor Markevitch with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, the Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin, and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam.
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