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GÉZA ANDA CENTENARY REVIEWS

On the occasion of his 100th birthday several international radio stations and media outlets spoke about the Hungarian-Swiss pianist, who was born in Budapest on 19th November 1921.

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ZURICH: GÉZA ANDA CENTENARY PIANO NIGHT

18 November 2021,

6 PM 
Kunsthaus Zürich – Bührle-Hall 

At 6 p.m. on 18th November 2021 a piano marathon with Géza Anda laureates from 1979 to 2021 commences at the Bührle-Rooms in the new Chipperfield-Extension of Kunsthaus Zürich. The last performance ends after midnight and therefore on 19th November, Géza Anda’s 100th birthday. This is a symbolic moment since Georges Pludermacher, winner of the first ever Concours Géza Anda, plays Beethoven’s Diabelli-Variations. The renowned French pianist originally studied this demanding work, which has accompanied him throughout his notable career, under the auspices of Géza Anda in person.

Apart from Georges Pludermacher artists including Konstanze Eickhorst, Heidrun Holtmann, Filippo Gamba, Sergey Koudriakov, Jinsang Lee, Julian Trevelyan and Giorgi Gigashvili take part in this piano night organised by the Géza Anda-Foundation.


The Emil Bührle Collection remains open throughout for a quiet stroll past its famous paintings.

 

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BUDAPEST: GALA CONCERT CELEBRATING GÉZA ANDA’S 100
th BIRTHDAY
20 November 2021
7:30 PM
Grand Hall of the Liszt Academy, Budapest

In the Grand Hall of the Budapest Liszt Academy – where Géza Anda had studied – a special Mozart gala concert in Anda’s honour takes place as part of the kamara.hu festival on Saturday, 20th November 2021, 7.30 p.m. Soloists are Géza Anda Competition winners Anton Gerzenberg (2021) and Dénes Várjon (1991), who will perform next to Izabella Simon. The programme consists of four Mozart concertos accompanied by Concerto Budapest and András Keller. Further soloists on this evening are Jonathan Biss and Alina Ibragimova.

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NEW GÉZA ANDA BOOK
By Wolfgang Rathert

 

Published by Wolke-Verlag in English and German, Wolfgang Rathert publishes a new book about Géza Anda.

This minutely researched and amply illustrated book contains sections about Géza Anda’s life, various aspects of his music, his discography and artistic heritage, the Géza Anda Piano Competition and a homage to his wife Hortense, written by Christian Schmidt-Banse.

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BOX WITH GÉZA ANDA‘S COMPLETE RECORDINGS FOR DG

At the time, Géza Anda was one of the rare exclusive artists of Deutsche Grammophon and created significant recordings for this famous label. On the eve of his 100th birthday the German label publishes a box of 17 CDs with Géza Anda’s complete concerto and and solo studio recordings for DG. Included are Mozart’s entire piano concertos with Camerata Salzburg. For the first time in recording history, the soloist led the orchestra from his instrument, and the result is still seen as a reference.

Next to Géza Anda’s core repertoire the box contains his interpretations of, amongst others, Grieg’s Piano Concerto, Franck’s Symphonic Variations, Bartók’s Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra and the marvellous Beethoven Triple Concerto with Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Pierre Fournier, Géza Anda and Ferenc Fricsay.

The solo recordings are supplemented by a bonus CD containing music by Bach-Busoni, Scarlatti, Liszt-Busoni, Chopin, Schumann and Brahms. These pieces were restored from shellack records and many of them are available on CD for the very first time.

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CD CONTAINING UNPUBLISHED RECORDINGS FROM LUCERNE

Between 1955 and 1969, Géza Anda frequently performed at the International Music Festival in Lucerne. Three live recordings made by Swiss Radio have survived and are published on CD for the first time: Bach’s Concerto for Two Pianos BWV 1061 from 1955 and Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto from 1965. In the Bach concerto, Clara Haskil and Herbert von Karajan were Anda’s partners; the Bartók was conducted by Ernest Ansermet, who on that occasion appeared in Lucerne for the last time. Moreover, this CD contains Bartók’s Second Piano Concerto, performed to an enthusiastic audience by Géza Anda and his favourite conducor Ferenc Fricsay.

Label Audite presents this important document, which fills a gap in the extensive Anda discography, in collaboration with the Géza Anda-Foundation, Swiss Radio and Television SRF, the Eliette and Herbert von Karajan Institute, Salzburg and Lucerne Festival.

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SOFIA: PIANO EXTRAVAGANZA REMEMBERS GÉZA ANDA

The opening of the famous festival Piano-Extravaganza at the Sofia Philharmonic is devoted to Géza Anda’s 100th birthday this year.
Apart from Julian Trevelyan, Krasimira Stoyanova, Valentina Lisitsa, Alexander Malofeev and Szymon Nehring adorn the festival’s roster.

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MULTIDISCIPLINARY EVENT IN BUDAPEST
24 September 2021
Budapesti Klasszikus Film Maratonon
Budapester French Institute

Various events at the Budapest French Institute foreshadowed Géza Anda’s 100th birthday on the evening of 24thSeptember: the public screening of Richard Leacock and Rolf Liebermann’s historical film (1965) about Géza Anda during the renowned documentary film festival Budapesti Klasszikus Film Maratonon was followed by a live performance of Beethoven’s Sonata quasi una Fantasia in E-flat, Op. 27/1, played by Dénes Várjon, Concours Géza Anda winner from 1991. At the same time, posters created by French graphic designer Aimery Chaigne for the Géza Anda Centenary were exhibited in the foyer of the Institute.

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GÉZA ANDA-WEEKEND IN ERNEN

Ernen in the mountainous Swiss canton of Wallis with its epithet “Musikdorf” hosts one of the country’s most renowned chamber music festivals. Hortense Anda-Bührle supported it for many years, and Géza Anda laureates perform there regularly. This year, as many as five of them played recitals during the Festival’s Klavier Kompakt section between 27th and 29th August. On the one hand, they dedicated their music to the 100th birthday of Géza Anda. On the other hand, they payed great homage to Ruth Bossart, who coined the image of the Concours and took care of its laureates for 40 years before retiring one year ago.

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15th CONCOURS GÉZA ANDA

In 2021 – a hundred years after Géza Anda was born – the 15th Concours Géza Anda was carried out as foreseen. In spite of strict regulations to avoid the spreading of the Covid-19 virus, the competition took place in Zurich and Winterthur safely and with great success. 36 participants travelled to Switzerland from all over the world in order to compete with one another.

 

In view of Géza Anda’s 100th birthday the repertoire was changed in order to contain many of the works Anda performed most frequently and with greatest pleasure. The prize money was raised and new awards, such as the Liszt-Bartók Prize, which was won by the Hungarian pianist Mihály Berecz, created.

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