Brahms - Symphony No. 1 in C-Minor Variations On A Theme By Haydn (2009)

Brahms

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Ivan Fischer

“An orchestra musician is an artist, not an employee, and artists must be given the chance to take initiatives and to be creative. Only an orchestra of true artists - making music as a highly disciplined team - is able to realize the dreams of the composers and pass on an uplifting experience to the audience, touching all listeners deep in their heart. This is our aim for which the Budapest Festival Orchestra has been created."Iván Fischer

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Budapest Festival Orchestra

Ivan Fischer is founder and Music Director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. The partnership between Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra has proved to be one of the greatest success stories in the past three decades of classical music. Intense international touring and a series of acclaimed recordings for Philips Classics, later for Channel Classics have contributed to Iván Fischer's reputation as one of the world's most visionary and successful orchestra leaders.

He has developed and introduced new types of concerts, "Cocoa-Concerts” for young children, "Midnight Music” concerts for students, "Surprise” concerts where the programme is not announced, "One Forint Concerts” where he talks to the audience, open-air concerts in Budapest attracting tens of thousands of people. He has founded several festivals, including a summer festival in Budapest on baroque music and the Budapest Mahlerfest which is also a forum for commissioning and presenting new compositions.

As a guest conductor Fischer works with the finest symphony orchestras of the world. He has been invited to the Berlin Philharmonic more than ten times, he leads every year two weeks of programs with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and appears with leading US symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Earlier music director of Kent Opera and Lyon Opera, Principal Conductor of National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, his numerous recordings have won several prestigious international prizes.

Ivan Fischer studied piano, violin, cello and composition in Budapest, continuing his education in Vienna in Professor Hans Swarowsky’s conducting class. Recently he has been also active as a composer: his works have been performed in the US, Holland, Hungary, Germany and Austria, and he staged successful opera performances.

Mr. Fischer is a founder of the Hungarian Mahler Society, and Patron of the British Kodály Academy. He received the Golden Medal Award from the President of the Republic of Hungary, and the Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum for his services to help international cultural relations. The French Government named him Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. In 2006 he was honored with the Kossuth Prize, Hungary’s most prestigious arts award. He is honorary citizen of Budapest. In 2011 he received the Royal Philharmonic Award and the Dutch Ovatie prize. In 2013 he was awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

As of August 2011 Ivan Fischer is music director of the Konzerthaus Berlin and principal conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.

Ivan Fischer

Ivan Fischer is founder and Music Director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. The partnership between Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra has proved to be one of the greatest success stories in the past three decades of classical music. Intense international touring and a series of acclaimed recordings for Philips Classics, later for Channel Classics have contributed to Iván Fischer's reputation as one of the world's most visionary and successful orchestra leaders.

He has developed and introduced new types of concerts, "cocoa-concerts" for young children, "Midnight Music" concerts for students, "surprise" concerts where the programme is not announced, "one forint concerts" where he talks to the audience, open-air concerts in Budapest attracting tens of thousands of people. He has founded several festivals, including a summer festival in Budapest on baroque music and the Budapest Mahlerfest which is also a forum for commissioning and presenting new compositions.

As a guest conductor Fischer works with the finest symphony orchestras of the world. He has been invited to the Berlin Philharmonic more than ten times, he leads every year two weeks of programs with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and appears with leading US symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Earlier music director of Kent Opera and Lyon Opera, Principal Conductor of National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, his numerous recordings have won several prestigious international prizes.

Ivan Fischer studied piano, violin, cello and composition in Budapest, continuing his education in Vienna in Professor Hans Swarowsky’s conducting class. Recently he has been also active as a composer: his works have been performed in the US, Holland, Hungary, Germany and Austria, and he staged successful opera performances.

Mr. Fischer is a founder of the Hungarian Mahler Society, and Patron of the British Kodály Academy. He received the Golden Medal Award from the President of the Republic of Hungary, and the Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum for his services to help international cultural relations. The French Government named him Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. In 2006 he was honored with the Kossuth Prize, Hungary’s most prestigious arts award. He is honorary citizen of Budapest. In 2011 he received the Royal Philharmonic Award and the Dutch Ovatie prize. In 2013 he was awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

As of August 2011 Ivan Fischer is music director of the Konzerthaus Berlin and principal conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.

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Brahms - Symphony No. 1 in C-Minor Variations On A Theme By Haydn (2009)

Brahms

Budapest Festival Orchestra

    International Record Review

Yet Fischer’s readings of the Tchaikovsky Symphonies are immense powerful and, strange to say of such familiar terrain, of the revelatory. Not surprisingly, all that is predictable about Fischer’s latest Brahms recording with The BFO is its combination of stunning excellence and originality. (…) (…) Throughout this recording, Brahms’s orchestration, proverbially thick in the best circumstances and apt turn muddy in the worst, emerges with a patina that is positively luminous. (…) (…) Lovers of orchestral music who grow pessimistic for the future of the art will find their faith restored by these wonderfully creative, vivid and refreshing interpretations. If further proof were required, they argue for Ivan Fischer’s place among the half-dozen most gifted and important conductor’ before the public today.

    Classique Info

Une exécution pleine de romantisme, de rubato et de vigueur, où l’on retrouve tout l’esprit et toute la spontanéité de la ‘quinte royale’ des années 1950. Quel Brahms! Ivan Fischer nous offre un nouvel angle de vue très original sur la Symphonie n°1. (…) (…) Très bien balancée et bien rendue par la prise de son, la sonorité de l’orchestre est intransigeante et ne laisse guère de place à l’hédonisme. (…) (…) Les Variations sur un thème de Haydn s’élèvent, selon nous, à un niveau d’excellence encore supérieur. Ivan Fischer trouve, dans les Variations, un équilibre parfait, qui ménage – comme d’ailleurs dans la symphonie– une belle lisibilité et des effets de masse bien dosés. Par ailleurs, le choix des tempi, souvent vifs, et des contrastes, est d’une profondeur absolue (…) (…) Dans l’ensemble c’est tout de même bien plus que recommandable: Ivan Fischer trouve le bon ton dans une œuvre qui, mal interprétée, tendrait vite à devenir ennuyeuse et académique. Ici la fraîcheur des coloris (les bois) et l’originalité de la direction compensent tous les menus défauts. Un disque remarquable.

    De Standaard

Het Budapest Festival Orchestra en Iván Fischer behoren zonder enige twijfel tot de best mogelijke uitvoerders van het moment voor dit repertoire. De cd opent met een bewerking die Fischer zelf maakte van een van Brahms' Hongaarse dansen. Meteen valt op hoe creatief en verfrissend dit orkest omspringt met de zo rijke en vaak dansende ritmiek van Brahms' muziek. De kleurenrijkdom die Fischer uit zijn enthousiaste orkest weet te toveren lijkt grenzeloos.

    Fanfare

her's exceptional new Brahms First defies easy description (…) (…) for anyone seeking an imaginative new performance, detailed yet never fussy, thrilling yet never aggressive, succulent but never slushy, this one is enthusiastically recommended.

    Music Web

Warmly played and interpreted without any distortion in the tempo (…) (…) beautifully played hornsolo, as are the flutes that follows it and the trombones in their chorale.

    Klassik des Monats

Ein kurzer, wehmütiger ‘Ungarischer Tanz’, den Iván Fischer selbst orchestriert hat, soll uns ‘magyarisch’ einstimmen auf dieses erste Brahms-Album des Budapester Dirigenten. (…) Das perfekt ausbalancierte, farbenprächtige Mehrkanal-Klangbild unterstützt in idealer Weise den Ansatz des Dirigenten.

    HVT

Fantastische muziek: de klarinetpartij uit de 1e Symfonie van Brahms en het majestueuze slotdeel wordt gloedvol vertolkt door het orkest onder de bezielende leiding van Ivan Fischer.

    Volkskrant

Fischer verwijdert aangekoekte gewoontes en geeft vergeten finesses een tweede kans.Wie zijn eigen orkest opricht, geniet voordelen. Met ingesleten praktijken hoeft hij niet af te rekenen. Vanaf de eerste repetitie sleutelt hij aan de klank. Frisheid en concentratie: het Budapest Festival Orchestra van Iván Fischer staat erom bekend. Componisten krijgen een dergelijke behandeling. Neem het portamento, het lui over de snaar glijden van toon naar toon. Na jarenlang misbruik gold het als smakeloos. Kom op, dacht Fischer, dat deden componisten vroeger toch niet voor niets? Hij haalt zijn gelijk in het openingsdeel van Brahms’ Eerste symfonie, waar een subtiel portamento aan de vioolmelodie net dat zetje geeft waarmee hij gaat zweven. De getokkelde bassen in deel vier vormen je reinste suspense: versnellen en vertragen, maar welke kant het opgaat, weet je nooit. Andere traktatie: de blazerskoren die staan staan afgesteld tussen beheerst opflakkeren en geheimzinnig smeulen.

    NRC

“Er bromt zigeunertemperament mee” Dirigent Ivan Fischer gelooft in de uniciteit van zijn eigen opvatting. Hij benadert de variaties even warmklankig als de dans, maar totaal helder en met sprankelijk uitgelichte tegenstemmen. Dáár ligt ook het handelsmerk van de Brahms-klank. En daarna de Eerste Symfonie, die beide eigenschappen verenigt: melodische breedte, helder contrapunt, kamermuziek, lenigheid en intensiteit.

    Fono Forum

Die pralle Sinnlichkeit und die zielstrebige dramatische Stringenz, mit der Fischer hier das immense emotionale Potential der Musik freilegt und in einer wunderbaren dunklen Farbenpracht zum glühen bringt (...) (...) Das perfekt ausbalancierte, farbenprächtige Mehrkanalklangbild unterstützt in idealer Weise den Ansatz des Dirigenten.

    The Times

one of Brahms’s Hungarian dances, arranged by Fischer for strings, a hesitating, melancholy delight; then the Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn, sparkling and strong. (...) The fruits of this arrangement can be enjoyed only by playing the disc uninterrupted. Fischer’s rather schoolmasters plan is to reveal the influences and stepping stones that led to the master work: Hungarian folk music, plus classical poise allied to contrapuntal strength. But the CD never feels like homework. These Budapest players have Hungarian folk music in their blood, and their national inflections of phrasing, tempo and string fingering make the symphony quiver with new life. (...) (...) All this plus the usual finesse of tone and colour expected from this orchestra and conductor. Nobody can top the natural sympathy and understanding shown in this outstanding performance.

    Luister 10

Het is wel duidelijk dat Ivan Fischer en zijn orkest hier uitstijgen boven het gros van de Brahms-uitvoeringen die we kennen. Waarschijnlijk kan alleen een langdurige samenwerking tussen dirigent en orkest een dergelijk resultaat opleveren, met talloze subtiliteiten en klank en rite, gedacht in grote lijnen en volmaakt qua instrumentale balans.

    The Guardian

Ever the radical, he effectively refashions each work from scratch. The Haydn variations have a grace and lightness of touch we don’t often hear in them. The first, meanwhile, is monumental in every sense of the word: a huge, noble assertion of the inherent dignity of human experience and creative endeavour that leaves you feeling enriched and exalted.

    Opus Klassiek

Fischer maakt met zijn gepassioneerde uitvoering dit vierde deel met z’n geweldige slotapotheose tot een belevenis. Deze uitvoering laat een nieuw, helder licht schijnen op dit bekende werk en is zonder meer een aanrader. Ook de andere werken op deze cd krijgen een voortreffelijke uitvoering. De Haydn-variaties krijgen elk hun eigen karakter en ook hier valt het hoge niveau van musiceren door Fischer en zijn orkest op. De Hongaarse dans, door Fischer voor strijkorkest bewerkt, komt lieflijk, zacht gespeeld voorbij zweven. De superaudio-opname, doorzichtig en helder, geeft alle dynamische en ritmische nuances perfect weer.

    De Morgen

Fischer profileert zich als de interessantste Mahlerdirigent van het ogenblik: met een buitengewoon transparante orkestklank, tempo-overgangen zoals je ze nog nooit hebt gehoord en solisten (uit zijn eigen orkest) die in deze kwaliteit niet eens in de orkesten met de grootste traditie te vinden zijn (...)

Brahms - Symphony No. 1 in C-Minor Variations On A Theme By Haydn (2009)

Brahms

Budapest Festival Orchestra

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Mastering Engineer:Jared Sacks
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Producer:Hein Dekker
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Recording location:The Palace of Arts Budapest Hungary 2009
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Hungarian Dance no. 14
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Variations on a theme by Joseph Haydn op. 56a - Theme
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Symphony no. 1 in c minor op. 68 - Un poco sostenuto-Allegro
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