Mahler Symphony no. 3 in D-minor (2017)

Mahler

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Ivan Fischer

Gerhild Romberger, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks

I love the whole symphony but from the second movement two favorite moments, two details, spring to mind. First, the recapitulation when the solo violin takes flight, like a buzzing bee around a flower, and then accidentally finds itself in a wonderful modulation to E major. The second is the ending. The flowers, that move and dance elegantly against the wind, suddenly expose their Tristan-like soul. From the vast first movement I would choose the huge, yawning creature’s (Pan’s?) first appearance. Conducting the Scherzo I am always carried away by the inserted episodes which interrupt the post horn – first by a group of baroque birds, then rococo ones flying up from the pages of a Mozart piano concerto. What an ingenious and unpredictable use of different styles! Finally, the endless melody of the last movement moves me every time with its intimate beauty and honesty. There is something divine in the wealth of this great masterpiece.
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. 3 in D-minor (2017)

Mahler

Budapest Festival Orchestra

    Klassik.com

(...) Viel klarer, wenn auch nicht unbedingt am expressivsten, dürfte der Mahlerklang auf Tonträger kaum werden. Das liegt nicht zuletzt auch an Channel Classics’ Aufnahmetechnik. (...) das Budapest Festival Orchestra und Iván Fischer bewegen sich hier auf allerhöchstem Niveau (...)

    Amazon customer review

A glorious achievement, certainly the jewel in the Fischer/ Budapest crown, and not just recommended-but demanded to be heard! 5 Glorious Stars, Stewart Crowe.

    Pizzicato

Ivan Fischer’s Third Mahler is overwhelming. (...) A truly superb recording!

    BBC Music Magazine -

Always alive, always interesting, vivid in sound

    Financial Times -

admire its restraint, its eloquence, its distinctive voice

Richard Fairman

    Noordhollands Dagblad

Luister maar naar de nieuwe cd in hun imposante reeks Mahler-opnamen. (...) In de noten van Mahler laat Fischer Gods stem horen.

Hans Visser

    The Arts Desk

And what a finale: Fischer's flowing speeds avoiding any hint of bombast, the final cadence unforced and radiant. Everyone needs multiple recordings of this symphony. Add this new one to the pile.

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    The Times

Beyond that technical glow and finesse, Fischer supplies something more elusive: a relaxed grasp of the symphony's swings, roundabouts and clashing moods. (...) Our conductor almost seems as wide-eyed as Mahler, letting everything in the world fall into place, from ominous funeral march to gracious minuet, from Pan's awakening to God's love, serenely celebrated in the final lingering adagio, beautifully played here. (...) I rest my case with a smile on my face: this is the best of Fischer's Mahler cycle so far.

    The Bay Area Reporter Online

Fischer’s reading wipes the slate clean

    Musicweb International [Recording of the Month - May 2017] -

Few albums have been as eagerly awaited as this one, and a quick listen to the first movement suggests it has been worth the wait. Watching Fischer on the podium confirmed what I suspected, that he’s very much at ease with this, one of Mahler’s sunniest creations. A preliminary audition of Fischer’s Mahler 3 was most encouraging. I’m delighted to say that my first impression was the right one. Tempos and tempo relationships are very well judged – and the minutely calibrated colors are simply ravishing. Engineers Jared Sacks and Tom Peeters must take some of the credit for this, as the recording is blessed with startling detail and a thrilling sense of presence. As for the playing – disciplined, weighty and with necessary heft when it matters most – it simply confirms the BFO as one of the world’s truly great ensembles. As if that weren’t praise enough, the delicate strings at the start of the second movement are a joy to hear, bringing to mind Fischer’s equally transparent way with similar passages in the Fourth. Fischer allows the music to move and breathe in a way I’ve rarely encountered, either on record or in the concert hall. The BFO percussion are uncommonly well rendered, but then everything about Channel’s recordings speaks of the highest musical and technical values. Without question, the finest installment in Fischer’s Mahler cycle to date; and what breathtaking sound.

Dan Morgan[read full review]

    Gramophone [Editor's Choice - June 2017] -

Here for once is a Mahler symphony release that feels different from the outset...I doubt whether there has ever been a more precisely focused, more sheerly beautiful recording of any Mahler work...Reluctant to parade its roughest edges and disinclined to hurry, Fischer instead elicits a range of pristine, jewel-like colour that leaves its fabric refreshed...This Third is a must-have.

    Audiophile Magazine Italy

a challenging account of this masterwork that should be heard (...) Clarity and definition are superb, which is very important given Fischer’s penchant for elucidating and clarifying instrumental lines and even in extended forte passages each section of the orchestra can still be heard. Very importantly unlike any other form of digital sound DSD256 almost approaches analogue in its ability to capture instrumental timbres and there is a palpable sense of presence.

Rob Pennock

    Musical Toronto

(…) the Budapest Festival Orchestra are, as ever, full of character and guile.

Norman Lebrecht

    De Gelderlander

Die [Iván Fischer en zijn Budapest Festival Orchestra] sleurt de luisteraar genadeloos langs alle hoogten en diepten van de partituur. De opeenvolging van optimaal uitgewerkte contrasten en de onvoorwaardelijke interpretatie van het totaal geven je nauwelijks kans om bij te komen. Een belangrijk pluspunt nog tot slot: de uitmuntende opnamekwaliteit. Met dank aan Jared Sacks die in het Paleis van de Kunsten in Budapest weer duidelijk maakt dat hij zelfs de meest complexe klanken met raffinement en realistisch kan vastleggen.

Maarten-Jan Dongelmans

    Opus Klassiek

(…) een als geheel toch erg mooie interpretatie die je steeds opnieuw wil horen.

Aart van der Wal

    Stereophile

"The latest installment in Ivan Fischer's near-complete Mahler cycle for Channel Classics Records, the Symphony No.3 renders the myriad beauties of this most wondrous of symphonies into an unforgettable experience. No matter what resolution DSD files you download — I listened in DSD128 — you will discover the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Cantemus Children's Choir, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, and alto Gerhild Romberger portrayed in stunning sound, with pounding percussion, cutting brass, tinkly triangles, and celestial children's voices laid out before you in a seamless soundstage. This, however, is anything but another of those "audiophile recordings" that satiates you sonically while leaving you hungry for musical substance. Channel Classics' superb sound is all of a piece with a performance so satisfying that it deserves a place alongside the myriad hallowed interpretations past and present. Fischer, who tends to steer a middle course that has sometimes proven more truthful to the letter rather than to the spirit of the score, has found a way forward that, to these ears, fully honors Mahler, Gustav's intentions. He understands, on the deepest level, that Mahler has created a journey that begins with his characteristically idiosyncratic, multilayered vision of nature, and ends in a glorious affirmation of life and faith. Finally, comes the 22-minute closing Adagio, that great embrace, which under Fischer's guidance emerges as one gorgeous, extended prayer. Its conclusion is tremendous. As I expect, will be your reaction to this masterful recording of Mahler's masterpiece. Listening without distraction could convince many a skeptic that assembling and fine-tuning a high-end system is, ultimately, a life-giving spiritual pursuit."

Jason Victor Serinus[read full review]

    BBC Record Review Disc of the Week

11.45am – Disc of the Week (Jul 02, 2017) MAHLER: Symphony No. 3 Gerhild Romberger (alto), Budapest Festival Orchestra, Cantemus Children's Choir, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Ivan Fischer (conductor) CHANNEL CCSSA38817 (2Hybrid SACD or DSD Download)

Andrew McGregor with Gillian Moore and Anna Picard for BBC Record Review[read full review]

    Classics Today -

Good, even very good recordings of Mahler’s Third Symphony are not rare; great ones are another story. The two reference editions, Bernstein I (Sony) and Haitink I (Philips/Decca) have withstood all challengers for a very long time, but this newcomer surely joins them. A great performance of this symphony encompasses the vast range of expression that Mahler requires, from the raucous vulgarity of the opening movement to the sublime lyricism of the concluding Adagio. In between lies a veritable minefield of traps for the unwary conductor and the orchestra–everything from the placement of the offstage posthorn in the third movement to the choice of alto soloist in the fourth, never mind the choruses in the fifth. Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra deliver the goods. The opening movement is a bit on the quick side (all to the good), but most importantly, Fischer isn’t afraid to let go in the music’s wilder episodes. Check out the coda, here played with all of the necessary Hollywood glitz and glamor (sound clip). The solo work is uniformly outstanding: the trombone in the first movement, the oboe solo, the posthorn, and alto Gerhild Romberger (note her careful observance of dynamics). The strings of the BFO play, as always, with a sort of vocal expressiveness and gorgeous tone that seems a uniquely Hungarian quality. Mostly importantly, Fischer conducts with a plasticity of line, a natural rubato, that maximizes expressivity without excess sentimentality. The concluding Adagio is sublime. The orchestra seems to speak effortlessly, with complete naturalness and eloquence (sound clip). I never thought anyone would match Haitink I in realizing the closing measures, with the timpani only marked forte, and the orchestra creating the “noble, saturated tone” that Mahler demands. Fischer does it (sound clip). Here is an account of the finale that never lets down the show, and it’s impossible to exaggerate just how impressive an achievement that is. Channel Classics’ sonics are typical of this source: warm, well balanced, in an ample acoustic that swallows some of the higher frequencies (glockenspiel, triangle, piccolo) but flatters the strings and copes ideally with the larger climaxes. Fischer’s Mahler hasn’t all been equally great, but when he’s on, as here, he has few peers today.

David Hurwitz

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"Just downloaded the new Mahler 3rd recording from Budapest. Fantastic, totally natural sound and a very beautiful performance. Another winner from your team! Thanks."

Harry Sillen[read full review]

    HR Audio -

"Ivan Fischer's survey of the Mahler Symphonies with his incomparable Budapest Festival Orchestra began with the release of the 6th Symphony in 2005 Mahler: Symphony No. 6 - Fischer that immediately marked him out as a Mahler interpreter of considerable stature. Subsequent highly praised releases of Symphonies 1, 2, 4, 5 and 9 over the past eight years have been eagerly awaited, and this latest release of Mahler's mighty 3rd Symphony, recorded in September 2016, will further cement his reputation as one of the most charismatic Mahler conductors of our time. The public's appetite for more and more performances and recordings of Mahler's works shows no signs of abating, in spite of the availability of a plethora of versions that one might imagine would suit all tastes. There are, however, three main factors that make these Channel Classic recordings stand out in what is a very crowded field. First is Fischer's perceptive and probing musicianship, born of a long career on the podium, that ensures his interpretations possess an individuality stemming from a deep understanding of, and respect for, the music he conducts. The second factor is the character of the Budapest Festival Orchestra whose consummate musicians always play with a fierce and absolute commitment for their Musical Director and founder. Finally it is the superb state-of-the-art sound quality achieved by Jared Sacks in the fine acoustic of the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Palace of Arts, Budapest. The 5.0 channel DSD recording providing almost unrivaled realism, clarity and impact to the music – essential in Mahler. It is also perhaps worth mentioning that Fischer's recordings are made in the wake of many live performances with his orchestra in concert halls across Europe, so the conductor and his players are able to refine their interpretations before finally committing them to disc. Those who have enjoyed Fischer's earlier Mahler recordings will need no urging to acquire this one. In both musical and sonic terms it provides a further criterion for past and future recordings of this symphony. Highly recommended.

Graham Williams[read full review]

Mahler Symphony no. 3 in D-minor (2017)

Mahler

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Cables:Van den Hul
Digital Converters:Grimm A/D
Editing Software:Pyramix
Mastering Engineer:

Jared Sacks 

Mastering Room:Grimm LS1 Speakers
Microphones:Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board:Rens Heijnis custom made
Notes:

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.

Those DXD to DSD conversions are not up-samplings, as they would be going from one PCM sampling rate to another, for they are different encoding systems. PCM is a digital value sample based system, and DSD is a digital bit density modulated system. Conversion from any PCM sample rate to any DSD bit rate system is a remodulation, not an up-sampling.

We feel there is an audio advantage to this process in using the original files so we give you the choice and you can decide.

Jared Sacks

 

Producer:Jared Sacks
Recording Engineer:Jared Sacks, Tom Peeters, Tom Caulfield
Recording location:Mupa, Budapest Hungary
Recording Software:Merging Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate:DSD64

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