Géza Anda plays Beethoven Diabelli Variations op.120 (I)
  • Classical music 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli in C major - Thema Vivace, Var. 1 - 10 - Var. 11 - 19 / www.youtube.com - Var. 20 - 29 / www.youtube.com - Var. 30 - 33 / www.youtube.com ~ Géza Anda (1921- Hungary / 1976 - Switzerland) Hungarian pianist Géza Anda was born in Budapest. He studied with some of the renowned teachers of the 20th century such as Imre Stefaniai and Imre Keeri-Szanto, and became a pupil of master Ernst von Dohnányi and Zoltán Kodály at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. Anda made his debut in 1939 in Budapest under Willem Mengelberg playing Brahms B flat major concerto, which would become his signature. In 1940 he won the Liszt Prize, and in the next year, he made an international name for himself with his performance of Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2. In 1941, he also made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic under Wilhelm Furtwängler, who dubbed him "troubadour of the piano."He remained in Berlin during the first years of World War II, but in 1942 he fled to Switzerland, where he encountered the great pianist and teacher Edwin Fischer. Fischer was a proponent of performing the Mozart piano concertos while conducting from the keyboard and Anda would later adopt this practice, adding bench-led performances of all the concertos (even the early ones) to his repertoire. He was among the first to explore the whole range of Mozart's concertos, at a time when only the "greatest hits" were heard in concert halls; his outstanding 1960's recordings of the ...

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