Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Edwin Fischer Plays Beethoven

Between concert and studio recordings, Fischer's interpretations of only eight of the 32 [Piano Sonatas] have come down to us. The Opus 110, recorded in the autumn of 1938 in EMI's London studios, is a fascinating document. In it, Fischer murmurs the strange wanderings of the late Beethoven, calms his style, mutes his colours. This melancoly, broken, lost "mezza-voce" universe intrigues, contradicting the habitual image of an artist for whom the moment, the stroke and imagination were all. Here, Fischer anaesthetises pain, soothes a inextinguishable anguish that he is perhaps the only one to have uncovered in reading these faltering staves. He interprets Beethoven's universe on his own terms, applying the credo found in his Considérations sur la musique : "Only an art lived from the interior and in which personality takes a creative part is possible. It must therefore find itself and, in order to do son descend to the darkest depths of one's soul." This descent to the depths occurs in this recording of the Opus 110 moreso tha in any other recording of Edwin Fischer.
Jean-Claude Hoffelé (September 1992 - Transaltion by John Tuttle)

Edwin Fischer


Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano concerto n° 5  in E-Flat major, Op. 73
1 I. Allegro  19:33
2 II. Adagio un poco mosso  7:52
3 III. Rondo  9:32

Piano Sonata n° 31 in A-Flat major, op.110
4 I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo  6:00
5 II. Adagio ma non troppo  1:51
6 III. Fuga (Allegro ma non troppo)  9:27


Edwin Fischer - p 
Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Karl Böhm - dir. [# 1-3]

Recorded in Dresden ; June 26/28, 1939 [# 1-3] ; & at Abbey Road Studios, London ; November 8, 1938 [# 4-6]

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Melanchthon said...

BachRocks44 said...

Many thanks for Richter and Fischer. Bohm with SKD is most interesting.