Wagner - Die Meistersinger, Götterdämmerung (2013)

Wagner

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Ivan Fischer

Wagner is the giant among composers because he created his own world. Whereas others interpreted ancient and familiar mythology, Wagner created his own myth. Whereas others composed to librettos by poets, Wagner wrote his own texts. He evenbuilt his own opera house, which had to be different and innovative. Wagner was the greatest creative genius of music history.And yet this superhuman giant also had a sense of humor, clearly audible in thewonderfully constructed Meistersinger Overture. And he had intimate, sensitive lyricism, which moves us deeply in his Siegfried-Idyll. This lyricism is the most important aspect of Wagner’s music; Brünnhilde’s beautiful, longing melody which shines through the huge flame that absorbs her and the collapsing world.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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Wagner - Die Meistersinger, Götterdämmerung (2013)

Wagner

Budapest Festival Orchestra

    Das Opernglas

Petra Lang versteht es, Brünnhildes Schlussgesang ausdrucksvoll zu gestalten, sodass man aufmerksam zuhört.

    Absolute Sound

"An approach that values lyrical expression over bombastic theatricality: his Siegfried-Idyll is among the most beautiful I've ever heard. Petra Lang is a noble, vocally secure Brünhilde..."

    BBC Music Magazine -

(...) Fischer’s Meistersinger is quite sprightly yet poised, with an attractively underlying warmth, and his Siegfried-Idyll has chamber-like translucency.

Michael Scott Rohan

    Knack

Ivan Fischer en zijn Budapest Festival Orchestra, die ik de beste tandem van de wereld blijf vinden, maken het me makkelijk. Meer dan een eerbetoon lijkt deze plaat een aflevering van een feuilleton over voortreffelijk orkestspel. (…) Weelderig en toch to the point. Prachtig werk.

R.T.

    Classical Today

(…) gorgeous SACD sonics and magnificent playing (…)

Classical Today

    Presto Classical

A stunning new Wagner disc from Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra (…) this disc, mainly of orchestral music, is something really special. (…) Fischer’s natural ebb and flow is hugely persuasive, knowing exactly when to push, and to hold, never overdoing the numerous really juicy moments, and creating a performance which is up there with the very best. (…) They can do everything! – float, dance, sing, and play with a warmth and ravishingly smooth sound that is to die for.

Presto Classical

    The Independant

(...) The quality is staggering, from the tender pianissimo in the Siegfried Idyll to the bruising darkness of Siegfried’s Funeral March. (...)

The Independant

    Audiophile Audition

(...) crisp-sounding SACD (...)This recording excels in both the musicianship on offer, and the fine and realistic recording; an excellent sampler for some of Wagner’s most emotional music.

Audiophile Audition

    Opus Klassiek

Iván Fischer serveert ons dit Wagner-programma als een delicatesse (...)De opnamekwaliteit is om de vingers bij af te likken. (...)

Opus Klassiek

    SA-CD.net -

Thanks to Channel's superb recording we can relish the piquancy of the Budapest woodwind, the smoothness of the strings and especially the bite of the brass. (…) Petra Lang is usually regarded as a mezzo-soprano, but she possesses a voice that encompasses a wide vocal range, and this, combined with her clarity of diction and expressive communication of the text, makes her a formidable exponent of this challenging role. (…) Jared Sacks and Hein Dekker's 5.0 DSD recording made in the Palace of Arts, Budapest in January 2012 is superlative. The realistic image of a large orchestra created in one's listening room is phenomenal and something all audiophiles will definitely wish to experience. Strongly recommended. 4.5/5 stars

    HIFI.nl

Fischer is geen dirigent die grote effecten najaagt. Hij wil primair het verhaal van de componist tot leven brengen en zet zijn muzikanten aan tot topprestaties. (…) Al met al een mooie uitvoering die weer iets nieuws toevoegt aan het schier oneindige aantal opnamen die er al bestaan van dit immer fascinerende werk. (...)

    Pizzicato

A wonderful ‘Siegfried Idyll’ with just this sensation of dreaming and slowly becoming aware of the beautiful music that Cosima described in her diary, is the highlight of this CD with plenty of good playing by the Budapest Festival Orchestra (…)

    The Times

The images plastered over the CD and its packaging suggest some cosmic explosion, with orange clouds pulsating over a landscape of red-hot rocks. It’s a fair depiction of the state of the listener’s ears after Ivan Fischer’s latest recording with his Budapest Festival Orchestra has panted to a close. (…) the orchestra has the last word, knocking us sideways with the music’s lyrical beauty and dramatic power. Wagner in a nutshell, this, and it’s irresistible.

Wagner - Die Meistersinger, Götterdämmerung (2013)

Wagner

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Cables: van den Hul T3 series
Digital Converters: Grimm A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment: B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer: Hein Dekker
Recording Engineer: Hein Dekker, Jared Sacks
Recording location: The Palace of Arts, Budapest Hungary 2013
Recording Software: Pyramix bij Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64
Speakers: Audiolab, Holland

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Die Meistersinger von Nu_rnberg - Prelude
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Siegfried - Idyll
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Götterdämmerung - Dawn and Sigfried's Rhine Journey
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Götterdämmerung - Sigfried's Funeral March
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