Global Fascinations and Sophistications
When I first heard Annie Fischer in recital at the Royal Festival Hall,
London, Sir Clifford Curzon was close to falling out of his seat with red-faced
emotion, whilst on the other side of the stalls area was a group of Julliard
students wondering at her secrets. Behind were Stephen Kovacevich and Ann
Schein listening for the interpretative insights.
Annie Fischer played the Schubert Sonata in B flat that Sunday afternoon;
on this Montreal 1984 live recording it is the A major, D959 - far
more difficult with its leaping first movement gestures and that 'crazy'
cadenza in the second interrupting solemn contemplations. She really goes
off the rails in both, but recovers sublimely to do honours to the third
and fourth movements. The truth is all-important. Thank heavens to escape
from the edited studio sessions and hear real interpretation.
Mozart, another speciality, shines through divinely in the F major Sonata,
K332, seemingly 'improvised' for her listeners, but Schumann's
Carnival is one of those spontaneous interpretations that take the
breath away [listen - tracks 26 & 27 - 0:00-0:20
Copyright © 20 September 2000
Bill Newman, Edgware, UK
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