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Fischer Annie


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

July 5, 1914 Budapest - April 10, 1995 Budapest

Annie Fischer is one of the legendary, outstandingly great figures in the history of music performance in Hungary. She was born in Budapest in 1914. She began her career as a child prodigy, taking her place on the concert platform at the age of eight to play Beethoven's C major piano concerto. At twelve she gave her first concert abroad: she made her debut in Zürich with the Mozart A major and Schumann A minor piano concertos.

From the age of twelve, at the Budapest Academy of Music she studied with Arnold Székely and Ernő Dohnányi. Thus Annie Fischer was a pupil and inheritor of the great Hungarian school of piano playing that can be traced back to Liszt. Both Dohnányi and Arnold Székely were pupils of István Thomán, one of Liszt's best pupils. In fact this tradition reaches back to Beethoven, since Liszt was taught by Carl Cerny, Beethoven's favourite pupil.

Annie Fischer's international career began with her winning the grand prix in the first Budapest Liszt piano competition in 1933. In the years that followed, she performed in Europe's greatest cities and most famous concert halls. As a soloist she partnered conductors such as Fritz Busch, Bruno Walter, Knappertsbusch, Mengelberg, Ansermet, Karajan, Böhm, Matačic, Weingartner, Maazel, Barbirolli, Riccardo Muti, Adrian Boult, Sawallisch, Klemperer, and among the Hungarians Dohnányi, Fricsay, Ormándy, Solti, Széll and Ferencsik.

In 1937 Annie Fischer married the eminent music critic and expert on aesthetics, Aladár Tóth. In 1941 the couple moved to Sweden, returning to Hungary only after the war, in 1946. The two or three years following the war were a difficult and complex time in Hungary's history, a period of upturn during which cultural life began to flourish. Aladár Tóth accepted one of the key positions in Hungarian artistic life, becoming director of the Opera House. It was at this time that Otto Klemperer came to Budapest, and during his three-year stay he had a fertilizing influence on musical life as it struggled with the difficulties of starting anew.

On her return Annie Fischer was given a rapturous welcome by both audiences and critics. In the fifties critics both in Hungary and abroad expressed their admiration in superlatives. It was then that the main content of her repertoire became established: the greatest works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin and Liszt formed the core of her programs. As time went by, from the sixties Annie Fischer's disposition as a pianist gradually changed: the virtuoso of the concert platform grew into an increasingly profound musician, freer from artifice, attending only to the truth of the music.

In her old age reviewers began to mention her together with the century's greatest. Even in her retirement she closely followed musical events, and when her strength permitted it, even in the last year of her life she delighted audiences in Hungary, Italy and Japan with a few concerts. In 1984 she was awarded with Béla Bartók-Ditta Pásztory Prize. She died in the spring of 1995, in the city of her birth, Budapest.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
Mozart, W.A.: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in D minor K.466 Hungaroton LPX 1223 LP
Mozart, W.A.: C-dúr zongoraverseny K.467 - C-dúr fantázia és fúga K.391 Hungaroton LPX 1249 LP
1991 Fischer Annie - Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert Hungaroton Own
1995 Esküvői zene
(Wedding music)
Hungaroton HCD 31472
1997 Hungaroton Classic - 1998 Hungaroton HCD 31774 Sampler CD
1997 Beethoven, Ludwig van: Piano Sonatas Complete Vol.6 Hungaroton HCD 31631 Own
1998 Hungaroton Classic - 1999 Hungaroton HCD 31842 Sampler CD
1998 Beethoven, Ludwig van: Piano Sonatas Complete Vol.5 Hungaroton HCD 31630 Own
1999 A bécsi klasszicizmus lassú tételekben II.
(The Vienna Classicism in Slow Moments Vol. 2)
Hungaroton HRC 1048 Echo Collection
2000 Bartók Béla: Piano Concerto No.3 - Csajkovszkij, Pjotr Iljics: Symphony No.6 "Pathétique" ORFEO Music Foundation C200891B
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Zongoraművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Pianists)
Hungaroton HCD 32088-90 3 CDs
2001 Ismerd meg... Beethoven szimfonikus zenéjét
(Get to Know... Beethoven's Symphonic Music)
Hungaroton HCD 32048
2013 Annie Fischer - The Complete Piano Sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven Hungaroton HCD 41003 Own
9 CDs
2013 101 Essential Classical Masterpieces: Mozart Hungaroton
2014 Annie Fischer: The Essential Collection Hungaroton HCD 32730 Own
2014 Annie Fischer: The Centennial Collection Hungaroton HCD 41011 Own
3 CDs
2014 Encore - In Concert (Amatőr felvételek) Hungaroton HCD 32750–51 Own
2 CDs
2020 Annie Fischer: Secrets Hungaroton HCD 32845-46 Own
2 CDs
2021 Beethoven - The Essential Classics of the Great German Composer Hungaroton HCD 32857