Anja Heidi Thauer

“Anja Heidi Thauer was born on July 3, 1945 in the old Hanseatic port of Lübeck. She had her first music lessons in Braunschweig, about 160 miles to the south, and grew up in Erlangen, attending the Conservatory in nearby Nuremberg. Friends spoke of a solitary childhood and of a rigorous, domineering and even exploitative mother. Anja played violin and cello duets with her mother in public at the age of twelve, performed the Boccherini-Grützmacher B flat concert at her debut in the Baden-Baden orchestra at the age of thirteen, and at fourteen she joined the masterclass of Stuttgart Hochschule by Ludwig Hoelscher : he was the leader German cellist, a somewhat old-fashioned musician, but a deep musician.”

“At the age of fifteen, she went to the Paris Conservatoire with a scholarship to study with André Navarra and also took a course at the École Normale. In 1962, against strong competition of 21 other students of the Conservatory of Paris, she won the Grand Prix. She was friends with pianist Claude Françaix and her interpretation of Fantaisie by Claude Jean Françaix’s famous father so impressed the pianist-composer that he accompanied her in the last concert; Her music became one of her strongest suits and she recorded the work a few years later, engaging him with Reger’s Third Suite for solo cello. At this stage, many colleagues thought she was a better player than Du Pré, who briefly studied in Paris with Paul Tortelier at the same time.
In Prague in March 1968, she recorded the GD, which composes the remainder of this reprint and to which she is most remembered, the Dvořák Concert with the Czech Philharmonic under Zdeněk Mácal, 32. It was a version praised by Trevor Harvey of The Gramophone in his first appearance, not only for Thauer’s expressive play, but for the many good wishes on Dvořák’s score so often neglected in the performance of the work. Thauer’s discography is far from grand, but it’s mostly high quality and these three interpretations are central to it.
Tully Potter provides the notes for this release, marking the first international CD release of Anja Thauer’s Deutsche Grammophon recordings.”