To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of internationally acclaimed pianist Annie Fischer, the Opera houses a concert on 14 April featuring the most renowned Hungarian pianists: Katalin Falvai, Jenő Jandó, Ilona Prunyi, Tamás Vásáry, Zoltán Kocsis, who is also to appear as a conductor during the evening
Annie Fischer started out as a prodigy. At the time of her first performance abroad she was only 12. Her international career started to soar in 1923 after winning the International Ferenc Liszt Piano Competition. She spent the years of the Second World War in Sweden. Having returned home in 1946 to Budapest she appeared on stage all over Europe. Later she debuted in America as well.
The Opera House as a venue played an important role in her private life as her husband, Aladár Tóth used to be its general director. “We gladly provide this stage to the memorial concert. Aladár Tóth is always close to our hearts because it was during his leadership that we gained the Erkel Theatre as a second venue, where – besides the Opera House – Annie Fischer also gave several concerts” – said general director Szilveszter Ókovács.
All the acclaimed soloists of the evening keep personal memories of Annie Fischer. “I regard her as the greatest pianist of all times. Whenever I am asked who comes next, I reply: there is no one. She knew no jokes, she gave her best, and not only in technique. She gave her true self” – stated Tamás Vásáry.
The driving force behind the concert, Franciska Ispán pointed out: the Hungarian State Opera gives invaluable help in nurturing a significant artistic heritage. It is also a highlight in the career of the ensemble accompanying the soloists on 14 April, the Solti Chamber Orchestra.
F. Schubert: Fantasia in F minor D940 – Tamás Vásáry, Katalin Falvai
L. Delibes – E. Dohnányi: Coppelia Waltz – Ilona Prunyi
F. Liszt: Consolation No. 3 in D flat major – Ilona Prunyi
J. Strauss – E. Dohnányi: Schatz-Walzer (Treasure Waltz) – Ilona Prunyi
J. S. Bach: Piano Concerto in F minor BWV 1056 – Zoltán Kocsis, Solti Chamber Orchestra
W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto in D minor KV 466 – Jenő Jandó, Solti Chamber Orchestra (extended) conducted by Zoltán Kocsis
A. Vivaldi – J. S. Bach: Concerto for Four Pianos in A minor BWV 1065 – Jenő Jandó, Zoltán Kocsis, Tamás Vásáry, Katalin Falvai, Solti Chamber Orchestra