Géza Anda: Mozart Piano Concertos 12 to 14

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Piano concerto nº12 in A major K.414

Piano concerto nº13 in C major K.415

Piano concerto nº14 in E flat major K.449

Géza Anda (Conductor, Performer), Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica (Orchestra)

Geza Anda (1921-1976)
The Hungarian pianist, Géza Anda, had studied with Imre Stefaniai and Imre Keeri-Szanto, before becoming piano pupil of Ernst von Dohnányi at the Royal Music Academy.
Géza Anda made his debut in 1939 in Budapest under Willem Mengelberg playing Brahms B flat major concerto, which would become his signature. 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 complete cycle with the Camerata Academica of the Salzburg Mozarteum remain a milestone in the history of recorded music.

Géza Anda: Mozart Piano Concertos 5 to 11
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