Mahler - Symphony No. 1 (2012)

Mahler

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Ivan Fischer

‘In full sail’ (Mahler’s original title for the second movement) could be a motto for the whole symphony. Here is the young Mahler, full of optimism. We hear his loveof nature and beauty, and his childhood memories. Fragments of distant military music, birdsong and Yiddish folk tunes come to his yet untormented mind. These episodes are real jewels, especially the Viennese trio in the second movement, the briefKlezmer music, then the Schubert-like Lied (did he have the Lindenbaum in mind?) in thethird; and the poetic, gentle melody that interrupts the stormy final movement.Admirable too is the architecture, as the composer completes his journey from hell to paradise, “dall’inferno al paradiso”, in the footsteps of his idol Beethoven. Mahler was in his late twenties when the world made acquaintance with his first symphony. It was in the Hungarian capital Budapest, and circumstances were difficult.In the diffuse acoustics of the Vigadó Hall, surrounded by hatred and mistrust, Mahler experienced his first major flop. Since then, at each performance I feel that we Hungarians have a moral duty to convince audiences that this is a perfect and exceptionally beautiful masterpiece. Iván Fischer

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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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Mahler - Symphony No. 1 (2012)

Mahler

Budapest Festival Orchestra

    Jury rapport Edison Award Mahler 1

De combinatie Iván Fischer en Gustav Mahler is een gelukkige, dat is al vaker gebleken. Prachtige opnamen van onder meer de Vierde symfonie zijn het resultaat. Aan de overvolle cd-catalogus met uitvoeringen van de Eerste symfonie heeft Fischer met zijn eigen orkest een bijkans volmaakte interpretatie toegevoegd. Bij Fischer is het niet: kijk eens wat ik met dit stuk doe! Hij brengt wel degelijk eigen accenten aan, maar Mahlers muziek vloeit op volstrekt natuurlijke wijze. De tempi zijn ideaal, de fraseringen en dynamiek volstrekt vanzelfsprekend, alsof er tussen partituur en uitvoering geen interpretatie plaatsvindt. Voor Iván Fischer is deze Eerste symfonie de schepping van een jonge, optimistische Mahler die vol liefde is voor natuur en schoonheid. En dat is precies wat je in deze uitvoering hoort: stralend zonlicht. Ver weg zijn donkere schaduwen die bij andere dirigenten wel eens over deze partituur vallen. Fischer wordt geholpen door een prachtig spelend Boedapest Festival Orkest (met warme hoorns en zijdezachte strijkers) en een sensationele opname die ruimtelijk is maar toch transparant, zodat ook de zachtste passages volop tot hun recht komen. Mahlers Eerste symfonie beleefde in 1889 een rampzalige première in Boedapest, maar Iván Fischer en zijn musici zorgen 124 jaar later voor een glorieuze revanche.

Jury rapport Edison Award Mahler 1

    SA-CD.net -

Ivan Fischer and his marvellous Budapest Festival Orchestra have a already given us outstanding recordings of Mahler's 2nd, 4th and 6th. His latest recording, that of the 1st Symphony, benefits immensely from the magnificent quality of the recorded sound achieved by engineers Jared Sacks and Hein Dekker (…) As one might expect from these musicians, the tempestuous finale, with its journey from anguish to triumph, is characterised by breathtaking orchestral playing throughout. (…)one's admiration for what Fischer achieves grows with each subsequent playing of this superb recording. 5 stars

    Het Parool

De Hongaren stijgen naar grote hoogten. Dit is één van de interessantste en muzikaal overtuigendsre opnamen van het stuk die er zijn. De stille introductie klonk zelden zo spanningsvol, de doorwerking en het tweede deel zelden zo opwindend, het trio in het scherzo nog nooit zo Joods (Mahler als klezmer-componist!) en het Vader Jacobmotief nooit zo geheimzinnig. Prachtig.

    Gramophone

Right from the beginning, Fischer combs through every nuance in Mahler’s score, his brilliant rendering of orchestral sonorities – both individually and blended – deftly recorded by Channel. The first movement alone confirms Fischer’s growing credentials as a major Mahler interpreter.

    Presto Classical

Is another recording really necessary? Happily, when it involves Iván Fischer and The Budapest Festival Orchestra, the answer is a resounding yes! (...) There’s a wonderfully Hungarian character to the sound in a lot of places, especially in the woodwind and brass. (...) By bringing to the fore touches such as the cheeky, Klezmer-like clarinets, the oompah of the bass drum and cymbals, and exaggerated violin glissandos, Fischer succeeds in creating that rustic, unrefined feel more than most recordings I’ve heard.

    Diapason

Sa direction pleine de tendresse et de nostalgie est l’une des rares aujourd’hui à retrouver les racines d’un style d’Europe centrale où l’on sait aller au-delà des notes pour invoquer un paradis perdu. (…) His [Ivan Fischer’s] conducting, full of tenderness and nostalgia, is one of the rare ones today to rejoin the roots of a Central European style that knows to go beyond the notes in order to invoke a lost paradise. Diapason d’Or

    De Telegraaf

een weergaloze opname (…) en wat laat Fischer de zwaartekracht hier fascinerend zijn werk doen. Na de verpletterende finale mag de constatering luiden dat Mahlers Eerste als nieuw uit de was komt. (…)

    MusicWeb

Iván Fischer opens the first movement with great delicacy as if Nature herself were setting the pace and the recording allows us to savour that delicacy, especially in 24/96 mode. Later, however, as everything bursts fully into life at the end of the movement, natura naturans, there’s plenty of power where it’s needed. (…) recording of the month

    CDChoice

Fischer’s evocation of Mahler’s “ like a sound of nature” could not have been better captured by the skill of these sonic magicians. (…) one’s admiration for what Fischer achieves grows with each subsequent playing of this superb recording. Unreservedly recommended.

    Klassic.com

Fischer unnachahmliche Fähigkeit, den Fluss der Musik mit feinsten Rubati zugleich flüssig und äußerst schmiegsam zu gestalten, macht sich auch hier bezahlt. (...) Was die Zusammenarbeit von Iván Fischer und dem Budapest Festival Orchestra jedoch allem voran auszeichnet, ist die Liebe zum Detail. (…) In klanglicher Hinsicht ist Channel mit dieser Produktion wieder einmal ein diskographischer Diamant geglückt.

    Musikzen

ván Fischer donne des accents populaires à la Titan de Mahler (...) le clou de cette interprétation se trouve dans le troisième mouvement : on y sent passer, comme sur une route du vieil Empire austro-hongrois, un cortège de tsiganes, une bande de musiciens ambulants, le brouhaha d’une taverne. Avec de petites touches, Ivan Fischer sait mettre en lumière tout ça sans verser pour autant dans la vulgarité ni forcer le trait.

    Classics Today -

The playing on this disc is so beautiful that it will take your breath away. (…) As with all the performances from Fischer and his orchestra, conductor and ensemble operate as a single organism. (…) 10/10

    BBC Music Magazine

Eloquence in all departmenets was to be expected from Iván Fischer and his hyper-alert Hungarians. (...) The recording, perfect from the gleam of ländlers and lullabies through the final bass-heavy thunder, plays its part in a vivid interpretation which deserves a place of honour alongside those of Leonard Bernstein, Mariss Jansons and Rafael Kubelik.

    Rondo

Es ist eine wahre Freude, dieser Mahler-Interpretation zu lauschen (...) Es ist, kein Zweifel, ein abgeklärter Mahler, den die Budapester präsentieren, aber einer, der sich im Spektrum der vorliegenden Interpretationen aufgrund seiner ganz unbestreitbaren Vorzuge behaupten wird.

    Knack

Er is op deze planeet geen beter orkest dan Budapest Festival Orchestra onder zijn chef en stichter Iván Fischer. (...) niks kan tegen de virtuoze gulheid en het kamermuziekachtige samenspel van de Hongaren op. (...) Indrukwekkend hoe deze musici Mahlers collages tot haast organische samenhang kneden. Of hoe liefde ook uit boxen kan komen.

    Entartetemusik

Fischer and his players deliver thrills and spills aplenty. (...) Charting a vast dynamic range, not a note is left unturned. (...) this recording is dizzylingly fresh.

    ConcertoNet.com

La prise de son offre à l’Orchestre du Festival de Budapest un confort d’expression qui transforme en velour’s la sonorité de chaque instrument. (…)

    Ariama

Fischer and company give us one of best recordings of the work currently available. (…) First thing that catches your attention is the incredible dynamic range of the recording. This is a work that opens with a whisper and closes with a roar and every note is captured with stunning realism. The phrase “demonstration quality sound” is tossed around quite a bit, but this recording is the real deal. (…)This may be one of the most classically perfect Mahler Firsts ever. (…) This is stunning on every level.

    Klara’s 10

een erg fraai en vloeiend samenspel, en een bijzonder helder en transparant klankbeeld waar talloze details worden uitgelicht. (…) Een stormachtige, maar altijd perfect gecontroleerde finale sluit het geheel op indrukwekkende wijze af.

    Classical Music Sentinental

) the members of the Budapest Festival Orchestra produce a beauty of sound and degree of colour second to none, and the recording engineers at Channel Classics have bottled it. (…)

    Audiophile Audition -

It is one smooth performance, almost hyper-rich in its luxuriant feeling, and the spectacular surround makes us hear things we simply don’t hear in other recordings. The balance is exceptional and palpably deep in scope, an orchestra as it was meant to be heard. 5 stars

    Thewholenote.com

Conductor Iván Fischer, in his notes to this new recording with his elite Budapest Festival Orchestra, writes that ever since “at each performance we Hungarians have a moral duty to convince audiences that this is a perfect and exceptionally beautiful masterpiece.” Mission accomplished! This is a performance of remarkable sensitivity, ranging from the intimacy of chamber music to the most powerful, heaven-storming explosions, masterfully recorded in first class studio sound. The dynamic range is exceptionally vivid, tempos are flexible without ever becoming neurotic and the interpretation is thoroughly convincing throughout. The near doubling of the tempo in the closing pages provides a novel and exhilarating conclusion to a truly admirable performance, one of the very best I’ve heard in decades.

    Preis de Schallplattenkritik

Iván Fischer und sein Budapest Festival Orchestra stellen hier zum wiederholten Mal unter Beweis, dass sie zur internationalen Spitze gehören. Diese Einspielung von Gustav Mahlers erster Symphonie besticht durch dunkle, warme Orchesterfarben und gemäßigte Tempi, die gleichwohl den großen spannungsvollen Bogen zulassen: Dynamische Kontrastierung, akribische Detailarbeit sind eingebettet in die ruhige Souveränität des Musizierens. Und alles, was man von Mahlers Erster erwartet, ist fein herausgearbeitet: Naturlaute, folkloristische Anklänge, Liedzitate, böhmische Impressionen.

    Www.musicaltoronto

The opening section, which depicts the world coming to life in the morning is the sonic equivalent of watching something on the National Geographic Channel with a 55-inch TV. (...) It’s Fischer’s busyness that speaks so directly to our time-challenged lives. It’s the power of his musical vision that causes us to stop and go, oh, wow, what was that? And I guess that’s what we need.

    Fanfare

“This is the most gorgeously sonorous version of the symphony I've heard since Maurice Abravanel's with the Utah Symphony. Fischer gives us velvety violins (divided left and right), warm and mellow winds, and glowing brass...This is a perceptive and unique interpretation, to which I have listened six times yet feel that I am just scratching the surface.”

Mahler - Symphony No. 1 (2012)

Mahler

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 2012
Recording Software:Pyramix bij Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate:DSD64
Speakers:Audiolab, Holland

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Langsam. Schleppend. - Immer Gemächlich
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Kräftig Bewegt, Doch Nicht Zu Schnell
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