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.
    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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  • 2.
    Historic Mozart Recordings- Piano Concerti / Edwin Fischer
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 63719 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer
    Conductor:  Edwin Fischer,  Lawrence Collingwood,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Josef Krips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Edwin Fischer Chamber Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Barbirolli Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Bach: Brandenburgische Konzert Nr. 2, Etc / Fischer
    Label: Emi Classics Références   Catalog: 64928 Release Date: 10/22/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Gareth Morris,  Manoug Parikian,  Raymond Clark,  Sidney Sutcliffe  ... 
    Conductor:  Edwin Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 4.
    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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  • 5.
    Bach: Piano Concertos No 1, 4 & 5, Etc / Edwin Fischer
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 63039 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Raymond Clark,  Manoug Parikian,  Gareth Morris,  Edwin Fischer
    Conductor:  Edwin Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Edwin Fischer Chamber Orchestra
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  • 6.
    Edwin Fischer - Mozart Piano Concerto Recordings Vol 1
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 5523 Release Date: 05/26/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer
    Conductor:  Edwin Fischer,  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Edwin Fischer Chamber Orchestra,  Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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