Geza Anda was a Hungarian-born pianist who escaped to Switzerland in 1942. He wasn't particularly known as a Schumann or Grieg interpreter, but here he is performing their piano concertos with Rafael Kubelik leading the Berlin Philharmonic.
Géza Anda - the Hungarian pianist who performed with Furtwängler, studied with Fischer, and partnered with Haskil - would still be celebrated even without those considerable accomplishments. While he was busy recording Mozart's concertos, however, Anda also taped Grieg's Piano Concerto in 1964 with Rafael Kubelik leading the Berlin Philharmonic. It was an inspired choice all round. Grieg's Concerto matched Anda with its ardent tone, strong harmonies, and eternally lovely melodies, and Kubelik and the Berlin Philharmonic matched Anda with their singing tone, flexible ensemble, and fabulous feel for color.
Géza Anda was born in Budapest on November 19, 1921. He studied with Ernst von Dohnányi and Zoltan Kodály at the Budapest Academy of Music, and won the Liszt Prize in 1940. A year later, shortly after playing Brahms under Mengelberg, he made his debut in the Berlin Philharmonie, where Furtwängler dubbed him "the troubador of the piano". He was only 20 - and had already begun to teach piano. In 1943 he settled in Switzerland. With the same ensemble he became the first interpreter to record all Mozart's piano concertos, an achievement which brought him numerous gramophone awards. For 16 of the 27 concertos, Anda wrote his own cadenzas. Géza Anda's repertoire matched the breadth of his public. What people heard was a style of playing that struck to the human core of all great music.
The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France is a French radio orchestra, affiliated with Radio France. Radiodiffusion Française established the orchestra in Paris in June 1937 under the name of the Orchestre Radio-Symphonique, under the auspices of Les Postes, Télégraphes et Téléphones (PTT) and its minister, Robert Jardillier. The orchestra was initially under the direction of Rhené-Baton, who guided the orchestra until his death in 1940.
Composed By. Robert Schumann. Berliner Philharmoniker. All materials are provided for educational purposes. Tracklist of Edvard Grieg, Robert Schumann, Géza Anda, Rafael Kubelik, Berliner Philharmoniker on this page
Album's title: Klavierkonzerte In A-moll · Piano Concertos In A Minor. Edvard Grieg - Robert Schumann, Géza Anda, Piano, Rafael Kubelik - Orchestre Philarmonique De Berlin - Concertos Pour Piano Et Orchestre En La Mineur (LP, Album, Gat). 138 888. Robert Schumann ∙ Edvard Grieg, Géza Anda ∙ Rafael Kubelik, Berliner Philharmoniker.