Piano Concerto No.1
Sir Georg Solti
SAAL 1, FUNKHAUS, COLOGNE, 2 JUNE 1958
Piano Concerto No.2
SAAL 1, FUNKHAUS, COLOGNE, 5 APRIL 1954 MONO · WDR
Hungarian-born Géza Anda (1921 1976) was described by the conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler as a troubadour of the piano whose early death robbed the world of one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. Anda was an incredible virtuoso, who in 1957 played all the Bartók concertos in one concert but also took up a different challenge by performing and recording all the Mozart piano concertos later in his life. He performed with all the major orchestras and conductors of the time, including Boulez, Fricsay, Karajan, Kubelík and Solti, and made a large number of definitive recordings for EMI and Deutsche Grammophon of music by Brahms, Chopin, Liszt and especially Schumann.