Mahler - Symphony no. 5 in C sharp minor (2013)

Mahler

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Ivan Fischer

The Fifth is the most Jewish of all Mahler’s symphonies. The first movement takes usto the unmistakable mood of Jewish lamentation, the finale to the childlike visionof messianic joy.As we know, Mahler converted to Catholicism. Views may differ as to whether hisdecision was opportunistic or a question of religious conviction. Christianity plays animportant part in much of Mahler’s music, though not in this particular work.Perhaps I may take the liberty of referring briefly to my own family. My ancestors(like Mahler’s) were merchants in a small shtetl in the Habsburg Empire. They wereobservant Jews. My grandfather, three years older than Gustav Mahler, decided toleave this religious lifestyle behind him when he went to study in Vienna. My fatherand his brothers were brought up without any religious education. They adoredGoethe, Mozart, Beethoven and Richard Wagner. One of the four brothers convertedto Catholicism when he married a daughter of a converted family. Later, underNazi occupation, when it seemed for a while that converting might help them avoiddeportation, two of my uncles and an aunt became Catholics; the other members of thefamily did not.Whether or not these decisions were opportunistic was never discussed in myfamily. Nobody cared - these were considered unimportant, personal decisions, partlydictated by circumstances. Converts or no converts, nobody practised any religion andeverybody adored culture. And they all hummed tunes like those in Mahler’s FifthSymphony.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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Mahler - Symphony no. 5 in C sharp minor (2013)

Mahler

Budapest Festival Orchestra

    CuttingEdge

(..) spitsvondigheid en ironie priemen continue door het muzikale oppervlak. De tweeledigheid tussen de klankwereld en de ervaringswereld die daar onder verscholen zit, openbaart zich bij deze dirigent als vanzelfsprekende twee-eenheid (...) Fischer mag zich tot de notabelen onder de Mahler-uitvoerders rekenen!

    Klassik.com -

Extrem stark: Ivan Fischers neuer Mahler mit dem Budapest Festival Orchestra. Soviel Detail war selten. (...) Das ist natürlich nur möglich aufgrund der Tontechnik von Channel Classics, die solange zugunsten von Transparenz und Plastizität am Klangbild geschraubt hat, bis es maximal durchlässig erscheint, ohne dabei die Klangtreue aufs Spiel zu setzen.

Klassik.com

    The WholeNote

(...) his most impressive achievement so far in this cycle. (...) the detail of sound is exemplary throughout (...) This is a refreshingly idiosyncratic performance that deserves a place near the top of recent Mahler recordings.

    Knack

(…) Toch wil ik deze nieuwe captatie aanraden. Ze laat zich, denk ik, niet verbeteren. Al wordt mijn blik mogelijk vertroebeld door de live-uitvoering van dezelfde symfonie door Fischer en de zijnen, eerder dit jaar in het Concertgebouw in Brugge, zonder twijfel mijn sterkste concertmoment van 2013. (…)

R.T.

    International Record Review

(...) The recording is rich and full, but even more striking is its clarity. (...) Fischer’s choice of tempo seems ideal (...) This is a superbly well-played performance of Mahler’s great symphony (...)

International Record Review

    De Volkskrant

(...) de spannendste Mahlercyclus van het moment (...) Hij [Fisher] maakt de weg vrij voor Mahlers Vijfde symfonie om vooral te mogen klinken als zichzelf. Zelfs het grijsgespeelde Adagietto kruipt uit z’n ei alsof het 1902 is.

De Volkskrant

    Fonoforum

(...) der Dirigent geht mit höchstem Feingefühl zu Werke, bringt die melodischen Linien mit viel Liebe zur Entfaltung. (...) Zieht man die unvergleichliche Klangkultur des Budapester Orchesters hinzu, kommt man zu dem Ergebnis, dass hier eine zwar sehr ungewöhnliche, doch faszinierende Einspielung von Mahlers viel gespielter Fünfter vorliegt.

Fonoforum

    Pizzicato

(...) Ivan Fischer bringt gleich im ersten Satz des Mahlerfreunds Blut zum Wallen (...) Schlüssiger, souveräner in der Atmung und sicherer im Ansteuern der Höhepunkte, in der Kraftregulierung kann man eine Mahler-Symphonie fast nicht gestalten. (...) Eine spannende Interpretation, bei der man den Eindruck hat, dass ein Orchester und ein Dirigent zusammenarbeiten, die wie ein einziger Organismus funktionieren.

Pizzicato

    Iowa public radio best cds of the year

The Hungarian conductor/ composer/ opera director Ivan Fischer was one of my musicians-of-the-year. (…) he and his players perform this work more polyphonically than some (that is, the melody is often less dominant while the other lines are more ‘equal’ and the feeling is in some places darker.)

Iowa public radio best cds of the year

    SA-CD.net

As many will be aware, Fischer's performances are only recorded by Channel after they have been meticulously prepared and painstakingly refined by these musicians – often in the wake of a series of concert performances across Europe. The superb results, as here, speak for themselves. (...) spectacularly virtuoso orchestral playing (...)This one should be high on anyone's short-list and definitely at the top of that list for those seeking state-of-the art sound quality. Highly recommended.

SA-CD.net

    SA-CD.net – net 5/5 stars -

Fischer brings this heritage background into Mahler's Fifth with an intensity and intimacy which has few peers, his vision realised by the magnificent playing of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, with whom he has such a fine rapport. (...) Fischer is continuing the strong strain of lyricism which so marked his reading of the Fourth Symphony. (...)Fischer's final chord was perfectly timed and made me want to leap up and join in with a standing ovation. (...) Channel Classic's recording follows the excellence of their previous Fischer/Mahler issues, and perhaps there is a sense of greater refinement in capture here. The 8 double-basses of the BFO's powerhouse had even more presence than before, and the bass drum too added much to a satisfying foundation to the orchestra. Epic in multichannel mode.

SA-CD.net

    Musicweb International

There’s much to admire here: the orchestral playing is top-class and the excellent recording reports the sound of the orchestra with great clarity. (...)

Musicweb International

    Classical Music Sentinel

(...) conductor Ivan Fischer swoops down for a more intimate frame of reference, and in doing so, reveals the beauty hidden behind the stern facade of this complex symphonic work. (...) Along with this orchestra's sonic beauty and Fischer's expressive take on the counter melodies, it makes this a must-hear version, even if you already own multiple recordings of this powerful symphony.

Classical Music Sentinel

    Audiophile Audition

(...) the result is a musical and technical triumph. So often a great recording is musically mediocre. Not here. Ivan Fischer leads the Budapest Symphony Orchestra in a powerful performance while the DSD SACD sounds better than any recording of the Fifth than any I have heard, including the Bernstein, Rattle and Abbado.

Audiophile Audition

    Classical disc of the week CBC Radio 2

(…) The orchestra's brass section pierces the gloom with a thrilling brilliance, while the strings provide a warm, supple foundation. Listen, especially, to the Adagietto, one of the most sublimely gorgeous slow movements ever written.The playing is understated, almost reverent, and achieves the sublime without ever succumbing to the maudlin. (…) After 30 years, Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra have found a way to keep it fresh. Long may they continue a most remarkable musical partnership.

CBC Radio 2

    Het Parool - 5 stars -

(…) Met deze opname van Mahlers Vijfde Symfonie treffen Fischer en de zijnen andermaak de roos. (…) alsof je het stuk voor de eerste keer hoort. (…) Het Budapest Festival Orchestra bewijst zich andermaal als een Europees toporkest.

Het Parool

Mahler - Symphony no. 5 in C sharp minor (2013)

Mahler

Budapest Festival Orchestra

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Digital Converters:Grimm A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Mastering Engineer:Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment:B&W 803 diamond series
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Mixing Board:Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer:Hein Dekker
Recording Engineer:Hein Dekker, Jared Sacks
Recording location:The Palace of Arts, Budapest Hungary 2013
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