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This Bavarian Radio recording captures a 1953 recital at the Salzburg Mozarteum by the eminent Swiss pianist Fischer (1886- 1960) and his longtime chamber music partners. Fischer was a great listener as much as a great pianist, and his discernment radiates through these performances. He was a chamber music devotee from early on and formed his first trio with Mainardi and the violinist Georg Kulenkampff, whose death in 1948 made a replacement essential. Kulenkampff was an altogether chaster artist than the showboating Schneiderhan, so it is unfortunate that the original Fischer Trio apparently left no recorded trace. Even so, this later formation of the trio is well worth hearing.

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