Edwin Fischer

Biography

Born: October 6, 1886   Died: January 24, 1960; Zurich, Switzerland  
Edwin Fischer was one of the great pianists of the twentieth century, and among the finest piano pedagogues of all time. At the Basle Conservatory his teacher was Hans Huber. He then studied in Berlin with Martin Krause.

He was taught at Berlin's Stern Conservatory, where he remained from 1905 until World War I, when he returned to Switzerland. He established himself as one of the finest pianists of his generation after the war. He became
Read more particularly associated with the major works of the great German masters, including Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms.

In 1926 he also became conductor of the Lübeck Musikverein and continued his conducting career in Munich from 1928 to 1932, as director of the Bachverein there. He transferred the base of his career to Berlin in 1932, when he became a member of the faculty of the Berlin Hochschule für Musik, succeeding Arthur Schnabel.

He also founded a chamber orchestra. His increasing interest in Classical and Baroque music led him to reinstate the authentic method of leading the ensemble from the keyboard while realizing the basso continuo.

While his concept of the music of that era remained essentially Romantic in concept, he sought to recover the classical purity of his favored composers, de-emphasizing excessive emotionalism and shifts in the basic pulse. As a result, he was typed as an intellectual pianist.

In 1942 he withdrew to Switzerland. After the war, he resumed appearing in chamber music and solo performance throughout Europe. His master classes in Lucerne were in high demand. He founded a foundation, the Edwin-Fischer-Stiftung, to support the beginning of promising young musicians' careers and to aid other needy musicians. As an academic and pedagogue, he published valuable books on musical interpretation and teaching. Read less
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  • 1.
    Schubert Lieder
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1401 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Karl Hudez,  Gerald Moore
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  Herbert von Karajan
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    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 165022 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Wagner,  Bedrich Smetana,  Engelbert Humperdinck  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Elisabeth Grümmer,  Gerald Moore,  Edwin Fischer  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Heinrich Schmidt,  Herbert von Karajan,  Lovro von Matacic  ... 
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  • 3.
    Bach: The Well-tempered Clavier
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 23074 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer
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    Schubert: Lieder On Record (1898-2012) [17-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27575 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Steven Zehr,  Thomas Hampson,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    Schubert: Lieder / Elizabeth Schwarzkopf
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6787512 Release Date: 03/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Unspecified
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
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  • 6.
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 5034 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Wagner,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
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  • 7.
    Eugen Jochum: Rare Recordings / Bavarian Radio Orchestra
    Label: Tahra   Catalog: 720 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Richard Strauss,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Annelies Kupper,  Edwin Fischer
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Wilhelm Furtwangler - The Great EMI Recordings
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 07878 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Béla Bartók,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Elisabeth Höngen,  Hans Hopf,  Otto Edelmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Icon - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - Perfect Prima Donna
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 18459 Release Date: 03/22/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  J. Edward Merret,  Harold Jackson,  Geraint Jones,  Manoug Parikian  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Gellhorn,  Otto Klemperer,  Thurston Dart,  Josef Krips  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 10.
    Edwin Fischer Plays Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann & Brahms
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 823104 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer,  Enrico Mainardi,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan
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  • 11.
    The Welte Mignon Mystery Vol. XVII / Edwin Fischer
    Label: Tacet   Catalog: 181 Release Date: 09/15/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer
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    Icon - Edwin Fischer
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 29499 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer,  Ronald Smith,  Denis Matthews,  Raymond Clark  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler,  Edwin Fischer,  Josef Krips,  Lawrence Collingwood  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 13.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos / Edwin Fischer
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 7303 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer
    Conductor:  Edwin Fischer,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Lawrence Collingwood,  Josef Krips
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    Bach: Well-tempered Clavier / Edwin Fischer
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 91951 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer
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    Mozart, Schubert, Wolf: Lieder / Schwarzkopf, Et Al
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 325 Release Date: 06/26/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Gerald Moore,  Edwin Fischer,  Walter Gieseking
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    Wilhelm Furtwängler Conducts Brahms And Mozart
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 7018 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Best Piano Classics 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 70886 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini,  John Ogdon,  Stanislav Bunin,  Moura Lympany  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Simon Rattle,  Riccardo Muti,  George Szell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Borodin String Quartet members,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Schubert: Lieder / Schwarzkopf, Fischer
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 86829 Release Date: 06/07/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Edwin Fischer
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    Schubert: 24 Lieder / Schwarzkopf, Fischer, Moore, Parsons
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 62773 Release Date: 04/06/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Gerald Moore,  Edwin Fischer,  Geoffrey Parsons
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  • 20.
    The Very Best Of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 85105 Release Date: 09/02/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  Rudolf Sieczynski  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Grümmer,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Gerald Moore,  Edwin Fischer  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Otto Ackermann,  Lovro von Matacic,  George Szell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Beethoven: Piano Trios / E. Fischer, Schneiderhan, Mainardi
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 593021 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer,  Enrico Mainardi,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan
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  • 22.
    Wilhelm Furtwängler - Recordings 1942-1944 Vol 2
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471294 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Richard Strauss,  Jean Sibelius,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer,  Tibor de Machula,  Walter Gieseking
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Beethoven: Emperor Concerto, Pathetique & Appassionata Sonatas / Fischer, Furtwangler
    Label: Emi Classics Références   Catalog: 74800 Release Date: 03/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Edwin Fischer - Concert Performances & Broadcasts 1943-1953
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1080 Release Date: 10/23/2001   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Unico Graf Van Wassenaer,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer,  Josef Zutter,  Wilhelm Meyer,  Gerhard Burdach  ... 
    Conductor:  Edwin Fischer,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Hans Münch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,  Strasbourg Municipal Theater Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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  • 25.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 20 & 25 / Krips, Fischer, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1218 Release Date: 10/09/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer
    Conductor:  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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