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Price: $125.00

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ANNIE FISCHER - PIANIST

Autographed bi-fold recital program by the Hungarian virtuoso pianist, Smetana Hall, Prague, October 28, 1957.  We offer a vintage original 5” x 7” press photograph of the pianist in concert.

In this concert she performs, Handel’s “Ciaccona”, Mozart’s Sonata in F Major, Schubert’s Impromptu’s op. 42 and Schumann’s Carnaval occupied the second half of the program.

Fischer (1914-1995) was a pupil of Arnold Szekeley and Ernst v. Dohnanyi at the Liszt Conservatory in Budapest.  She made her public debut at the age of 8 playing the Beethoven 1st piano concerto with orchestra in Budapest. Apparently she had a prodigious memory and as a wunderkind could remember complex pieces. Fischer made her professional debut in 1926 in Zurich. And  In 1933 she won the first Prize in the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in her home town.  Until the War, she travelled via plane throughout Europe concertizing.  She and her husband escaped to Sweden in 1940 when Hungary joined the Germans and concertized where is was safe for her to play in Scandinavia.  They returned to Budapest after the War.  Fischer picked up where she had left off with even more prestigious concerts and recitals.  Whilst her live performances in many cases were recorded for broadcast, she did not record commercially until the 1950’s.  Her complete Beethoven sonata cycle at her request was not released until after her death.  Fischer had her own style and it can be heard to great advantage in her filmed Beethoven 3rd Piano Concerto performance with the NHK Symphony Orchestra from 1989.  She came late to the Americas, towards the end of her life, but the aficionados knew her from her recordings.

A rare autograph and wonderful photograph suitable for display!