Mendelssohn - Overture and Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream (2018)

Mendelssohn

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Ivan Fischer

No doubt fairies exist. Mendelssohn spoke their language well. When he considered composing music to Shakespeare’s play, he decided to focus on the scenes with fairies.
Humans like this music. It entertains them. They are allowed to listen to this cd, too. However, we made this recording for fairies. They listen differently. This recording is full of hidden messages, which they will understand.
Fairies are around us all the time. They occasionally interfere but sometimes they take a long time waiting for the right moment. If you keep your voice down and open your eyes, you will notice them. They listen to this music with more attention.
- 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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Mendelssohn - Overture and Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream (2018)

Mendelssohn

Budapest Festival Orchestra

    Classical Candor

(…) Fischer's way with the music is gentle and affectionate, almost consistently keeping it as light and airy as it should be. (…) warm and smooth and reverberant and easily listenable. (…)

    BBC Music Magazine [4 Stars] -

Ivan Fischer is alive to the magical atmosphere of Felix Mendelssohn's score (…) The playing throughout is of the highest quality. (…)

    Het Parool

(...) Dirigent Iván Fischer heeft met zijn veelgeprezen Boedapest Festival Orkest een prachtuitvoering gemaakt (...) Ze spelen het allemaal schitterend. (...)

Erik Voermans

    Classic FM [Album of the Week]

“It's a fresh take on established classics this week, as the incomparable Iván Fischer and his beloved Budapest Festival Orchestra have at some of Mendelssohn's finest works. In amongst the incidental music and overture to A Midsummer Nights Dream you'll find numerous corners of interest, orchestral detail that you'd perhaps forgotten over the years - what a pleasure it is to rediscover it now.”

John Suchet

    Classic FM - Album of the Week!

It’s the sign of an outstanding conductor if he can make you hear familiar music in a different way (...) Ivan Fischer‘s account of the celebrated Overture, composed when Mendelssohn was only 16, is full of delightful touches, like the braying of the asses, which has never before made me smile so much.

David Mellor

    BBC Radio 3 [Disc of the Week]

(...) a characterful, colourful account. Mendelssohn’s fairies have their wings in the air as they should but a few of them have their feet on the ground. There’s a rustic edge to the music making which I find very attractive. (...)

Andrew McGregor

    Audiophile Audition -

(...) a conscientious, joyous reading that delights in Bottom’s donkey effects, a drunken Funeral March, effervescent textures, and light graciousness of heart. (...)

Gary Lemco

    Presto Classical [Editor's Choice]

This Budapest Dream is a far more raucous and rustic affair than John Eliot Gardiner’s recent plush pastoral idyll with the LSO: it’s as if even Fischer’s fairies have dirt under their fingernails, and the spirit of Shakespeare’s ‘rude mechanicals’ is never far away. The horns and bassoons have an almost Mahlerian quality in the Nocturne, and likewise the tiny parodic funeral-march (incidental-music-within-incidental-music for Pyramus and Thisbe) wouldn’t be out of place in a Mahler symphony.

    The Guardian

Fischer and his Budapest forces cast a spell with A Midsummer Night’s Dream Midsummer fever is all around: Radio 3 recently took itself off Into the Forest for a week, including al fresco breakfasts with the gregarious Petroc Trelawny, documentaries and atmospheric, forest-inspired In Tune Mixtapes. Meanwhile the Budapest Festival Orchestra, under its ever original music director, Iván Fischer, released an album for fairies. “They listen differently,” he writes. “This recording is full of hidden messages which they will understand.” Fortunately this gloriously atmospheric account of Mendelssohn’s incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Channel Classics) is also for humans (“they are allowed to listen to this album too”). It’s always been a favorite work of Fischer’s, and the depth he brings to this youthful marvel – starting with the Overture the precocious Mendelssohn wrote at the age of 17 – is made out of precisely characterised instrumental colours and perfect shaping of the lines. Transparent fairy wind chords, scuttling high strings, braying portamentos and then the edging in of the final wistful string melody – all are incomparably lovely. The drama continues in the later added movements: a truly impassioned, fast Intermezzo, a bucolic but exact Scherzo, a (deliberately?) stolid Wedding March, a Gypsy clarinet in the rarely heard Funeral March, and the crisply sung vocal numbers with Anna Lucia Richter – who aptly adds a bonus of three fine songs by Mendelssohn’s sister, Fanny. Surely a disc of the year.

Nicholas Kenyon[read full review]

    De Gelderlander

(...) sprankelende ouverture die nu weer vederlicht, dan weer stoer klinkt (...) Aan energie ontbreekt het hier niet. (...) Kleurrijk en perfect qua frasering en timing. (...) Aantrekkelijk is tenslotte de gekozen repertoireaanvulling: een drietal liederen van Fanny Mendelssohn. Die kom je immers niet zo vaak tegen en dat is jammer. Zeker in het geval van zo'n Gondellied, hier hartveroverend onder de aandacht gebracht door Anna Lucia Richter.

Maarten-Jan Dongelmans

    Opus Klassiek

Het gehele ensemble weet bovendien de sprookjessfeer uitstekend op te roepen en daar is het de componist uiteindelijk om begonnen. Bovendien: als het om ritmische precisie en dynamische nuancering gaat kun je Fischer wel om een boodschap sturen. Afgaande op de cover had hij er ook echt zin in. (…) een luisterfeest dat nog een extra dimensie krijgt als u over een surround-opstelling beschikt. (...) Fanny Mendelssohns drie voor orkest gezette liederen (op teksten van Hölty, Tieck en Geibel) vormen een welkome aanvulling. De uitvoering is eveneens top, terwijl we deze liederen helaas maar zelden horen.

Aart van der Wal

    The Sunday Times

I used to say that Mendelssohn never managed to recapture his teenage overture’s freshness when he returned to Shakespeare’s play 16 years later. Hearing this lovely performance, I realise that’s rubbish. Fischer’s wonderful orchestra works as if everyone revels in what they are doing.

DC

Mendelssohn - Overture and Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream (2018)

Mendelssohn

Budapest Festival Orchestra

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The recording was originally digitized using the Grimm AD1, which operates at DSD64. The original session tracks were edited and rebalanced (which meant going through the mixer)  in the only available format for that purpose; the Pyramix 352.8KHz/24bit PCM (DXD). Prior to the advent of direct digital delivery, the next step in the production process from 352.8KHz/24bit PCM would be the DSD64 edited master for SACD production. What we have done now is also make a direct conversion to DSD128 and DSD256 from that original DXD edited master, without going through any interim processing steps.

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Mastering Room: Grimm LS1
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Producer: Hein Dekker
Recording Engineer: Hein Dekker, Jared Sacks
Recording location: Budapest Hungary
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Overture
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Scherzo
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allegro vivace
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Song with choir
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Intermezzo
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Notturno
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Wedding March
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funeral March
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Dance of the clowns
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Finale
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May Night opus 9 no. 6
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Distance opus 9 no. 2
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