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.