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Geza Anda - Troubadour Of The Piano (2005) (5CD BoxSet)
Geza Anda - Troubadour Of The Piano (2005) (5CD BoxSet)
EAC Rip | 5CD | APE - Log - Cue | Scans | Release: 2005 | 1.55 GB
Genre: Classical

Geza Anda (1921-1976) has received considerable posthumous attention on disc. The bulk of his 1950s EMI catalog is available on Testament, while DG reissued his complete Mozart and Bartok concerto cycles several times over, along with Beethoven's Triple Concerto. "Troubadour of the Piano" (a sobriquet coined by Wilhelm Furtwangler) fleshes out the remainder of Anda's DG output, including rare wartime shellacs. Anda mavens might notice a few missing items, such as the Grieg Concerto with Rafael Kubelik (originally coupled with the Schumann Concerto in this set), and Anda's 1967 Brahms Second Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan. But we do get his earlier and more interesting Berlin traversal with Fricsay at the helm, plus a newly minted transfer of their gaunt and scintillating Bartok Rhapsody.

Discographic carping aside, Anda applied extraordinary craftsmanship at the keyboard and was a stimulating though at times controversial interpreter. Generally speaking, he favored point over mass, blueprint clarity over warm sensuality, and intricate details ahead of the big picture. The pianist lavishes Schumann's concerto with fanciful textures, unexpected accents, and exploratory rubatos, and though the finale's basic tempo is too sedate to take wing, at least it doesn't drag. In both the 1943 and 1963 Symphonic Etudes recordings Anda's technical finesse and X-ray projection make this gnarly opus sound like child's play. Strange, though, how he abruptly and crudely accelerates in the concluding measures. The Davidsbundlertanze proves equally distinctive, and Kreisleriana boasts refreshing lightness and stinging clarity, despite the absurdly fast tempo for the final movement's main section.

You won't find warmth or soaring lyricism in Anda's C major Fantasy, but you will find a symphonic outlook and tightly knit intensity similar to Pollini's DG recording. Anda's Chopin Preludes penetrate through decades of accumulated interpretive sentiment and reveal the music's deep-rooted classical logic via brisk tempos, polyphonic astuteness, and fastidious ornaments played on rather than before the beat (few pianists do this).

By contrast, the collection's third disc glaringly uncovers Anda's willful tendencies. Beethoven's Diabelli Variations receives a highly personalized reading characterized by extreme tempo modifications and, sad to say, a cavalier attitude toward repeats. The Schubert B-flat sonata's opening movement begins at the composer's Molto Moderato, followed by a jarring breath pause that compromises the first climax's impact, and then a considerably faster tempo announcing the F-sharp minor theme. And so on. The slow movement is choppy and discontinuous, while Anda slows the Scherzo's Trio down to a perverse crawl (the better to magnify the syncopations?). Rather than hold the Finale's dagger-like unison G-naturals for their notated value, Anda clips them short, holding the left hand a split second longer than the right. He obviously intends to replicate Schubert's forte-piano dynamic indication as accurately as one can on modern piano, and the effect takes some getting used to. At any rate, Anda's basic tempo is so fast that even his super fingers lose steam by the time he arrives at the difficult dotted chords--a bizarre interpretation, to say the least. The Liszt and Franck items from 78s also show the young Anda as a dazzling virtuoso and somewhat studied artist. All told, a provocative reissue.
--Jed Distler,


Robert Schumann
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54
1. Allegro Affettuoso
2. Intermezzo
3. Allegro vivace
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Date of Recording: 09/23/1963
Venue: Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany

Symphonic Etudes

4. Thema: Andante
5. Etude I (Variation I): Un Poco Piu Vivo
6. Etude II (Var. II)
7. Etude III: Vivace
8. Etude IV (Var. III)
9. Etude V (Var. IV): Vivacissimo
10. Etude Vi (Var. V): Agitato
11. Variation II Posth.
12. Etude VII (Var. VI): Allegro Molto
13. Etude VIII (Var. VII): Andante
14. Variation V Posth.
15. Etude IX: Presto Possibile
16. Etude X (Var.VIII): Allegro
17. Etude XI (Var. IX): Con Espressione
18. Finale: Etude XII: Allegro Brillante
Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (05/14/1963 - 05/17/1963)

Cesar Franck
19. Symphonic Variations For Piano And Orchestra
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Eduard Van Beinum
Amsterdam, The Netherlands (05/17/1943 - 05/21/1943)

Franz Liszt (Arranger: Ferruccio Busoni)
20. La Campanella
Date of Recording: 06/1942
Venue: Polydor Studios, Berlin, Germany


Johannes Brahms
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83
1. Allegro Non Troppo
2. Allegro Appassionato
3. Andante-Piu Adagio
4. Allegretto Grazioso-Un Poco Piu Presto
Ottomar Borwitzky (Cello)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (05/09/1960 - 05/12/1960)

Bela Bartok
Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 1/Sz 27
5. Adagio Molto
6. Poco Allegretto
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (10/18/1960 - 10/19/1960)

Franz Liszt
Concert Etudes (2) for Piano, S 145: no 1, Waldesrauschen
Rosenhugel Sound Studio, Vienna, Austria (05/09/1966 - 05/14/1966)


Ludwig van Beethoven
Variations (33) for Piano on a Waltz by Diabelli in C major, Op. 120
1. Thema: Vivace
2. Var I: Alla Marcia maestoso
3. Var II: Poco allegro
4. Var III: L'istesso tempo
5. Var IV: Un poco piu vivace
6. Var V: Allegro vivace
7. Var VI: Allegro ma non troppo e serioso
8. Var VII: Un poco piu allegro
9. Var VIII: Poco vivace
10. Var IX: Allegro pesante e risoluto
11. Var X: Presto
12. Var XI: Allegretto
13. Var XII: Un poco piu moto
14. Var XIII: Vivace
15. Var XIV: Grave e maestoso
16. Var XV: Presto scherzando
17. Var XVI: Allegro
18. Var XVII
19. Var XVIII: Poco moderato
20. Var XIX: Presto
21. Var XX: Andante
22. Var XXI: Allegro con brio - meno allegro - Tempo I
23. Var XXII: Allegro molto
24. Van XXIII: Allegro assai
25. Var XXIV: Fughetta: Andante
26. Var XXV: Allegro
27. Var XXVI
28. Var XXVII: Vivace
29. Var XXVIII: Allegro
30. Var XXIX: Adagio ma non troppo
31. Var XXX: Andante, sempre cantabile
32. Var XXXI: Largo, molto expressivo
33. Var XXXII: Fuga: Allegro - Poco adagio
34. Var XXXIII: Tempo di Menuetto - Moderato
Art House, Lucerne, Switzerland (05/15/1961 - 05/18/1961)

Franz Schubert
Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960
35. Molto moderato
36. Andante sostenuto
37. Scherzo. Allegro vivace con delicatezza (quasi attacca:)
38. Allegro ma non troppo
Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (05/17/1963 - 05/18/1963); Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (06/04/1963 - 06/06/1963)


Frederic Chopin
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28
1. 1, C-Dur
2. 2, a-moll
3. 3, G-Dur
4. 4, e-moll
5. 5, D-Dur
6. 6, h-moll
7. 7, A-Dur
8. 8, fis-moll
9. 9, E-Dur
10. 10, cis-moll
11. 11, H-Dur
12. 12, gis-moll
13. 13, Fis-Dur
14. 14, es^moll
15. 15, Des-Dur 'Raindrop'
16. 16, b-moll
17. 17, As-Dur
18. 18, f-moll
19. 19, Es-Dur
20. 20, c-moll
21. 21, B-Dur
22. 22, g-moll
23. 23, F-Dur
24. 24, d-moll
Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (07/02/1959 - 07/08/1959)

25. Polonaise for Piano in A flat major, B 147/Op. 53 "Heroic"
Date of Recording: 07/08/1959
Venue: Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany

Robert Schumann
Davidsbundlertanze for Piano, Op. 6
26. 1. Lebhaft
27. 2. Innig
28. 3. Mit Humor (Etwas Hahnbuchen)
29. 4. Ungeduldig
30. 5. Einfach
31. 6. Sehr Rasch (Sehr Rasch Und, Sich Hinein)
32. 7. Nicht Schnell (Mit Ausserst Starker Empf...
33. 8. Frisch
34. 9. Lebhaft
35. 10. Balladenmassig. Sehr Rasch
36. 11. Einfach
37. 12. Mit Humor
38. 13. Wild Und Lustig
39. 14. Zart Und Singend
40. 15. Frisch
41. 16. Mit Gutem Humor
42. 18. Wie Aus Der Ferne
43. 18. Nicht Schnell
Rosenhugel Sound Studio, Vienna, Austria (05/09/1966 - 05/14/1966)

Frederic Chopin
44. Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 5 in E minor
Date of Recording: 05/1943
Venue: Berlin, Germany

45. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 67: no 4 in A minor, B 163
Date of Recording: 05/1943
Venue: Berlin, Germany

46. Mazurkas (4) for Piano, Op. 68: no 2 in A minor, B 18
Date of Recording: 05/1943
Venue: Berlin, Germany


Robert Schumann
Kreisleriana, Op. 16
1. Agitatissimo
2. Con molta espressione, non troppo presto - Intermezzo I
3. Molto agitato
4. Lento assai
5. Vivace assai
6. Lento assai
7. Molto presto
8. Vivace e scherzando
Rosenhugel Sound Studio, Vienna, Austria (05/09/1966 - 05/14/1966)

Phantasie for Piano in C major, Op. 17
9. Durchaus fantastisch und leidenschaftlich
10. Mssig. Durchaus energisch - Etwas langsa
11. Langsam getragen. Durchweg leise zu halte
Jesus Christ Church, Berlin, Germany (05/14/1963 - 05/17/1963)

Etudes Symphoniques Op.13
12. Thema Andante
13. Etude I
14. Etude II
15. Etude III
16. Etude IV
17. Etude V
18. Etude VI
19. Variation II
20. Etude VII
21. Etude VIII
22. Variation V
23. Etude IX
24. Etude X
25. Etude XI
26. Finale. Etude XII



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