Bruckner Symphony no. 7 (2014)

Bruckner

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Ivan Fischer

Bruckner is the saint, the tzadik, the bodhisattva, the guru among composers. He is the purest and most capable of religious ecstasy. Everything is seen with the clearest vision, built to majestic proportions and felt with deepest emotions.

The first melody commences as if it were the purest ever written. But soon the notes of a simple E major triad of divine simplicity give way to a chromatic search surrounding the dominant note ‘b” with a deeply felt human desire. The melody seems to find its calm cadence, but it leaps up again, three times, aiming to attain yet higher ecstasy. And this is only the start...

 

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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Bruckner Symphony no. 7 (2014)

Bruckner

Budapest Festival Orchestra

    CuttingEdge

Fischer profileert zich opnieuw met zijn handelsmerk dat ‘oorspronkelijkheid’ heet. (...) Zelden maakt een dirigent Bruckner's gemoedsschommelingen zo aannemelijk, zelden slaagt een orkest erin het weefsel van de partituur zo aanschouwelijk te maken voor het publiek. (...) Uitgesponnen lyriek met fenomenaal samenspel in het eerste, gebalde energie en vreugde in het derde, een gepassioneerde catharsis aan het slot: deze interpretatie heeft het allemaal.

    BBC Radio 3

... If you’re familiar with Fischer and his orchestra’s Mahler recordings, you’ll be delighted by the spacious nobility of the sound at the start of the symphony, the plasticity of the phrasing, the dynamic control as Fischer keeps the tempo flowing…it feels fresh, and alive. (...) this is a breath of Alpine freshness (...) The recording, by the way, is superb…rich, airy, detailed, dynamically impressive with no sense of strain…and you could say exactly the same of the playing…

    The Observer

The works "lithe" and "Bruckner" don't tend to go together. Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra force you to break with habit. This account of the expansive Seventh Symphony is at once vigorous and lean (...) It won't be to all tastes. It suits mine.

    IRR - 'Outstanding'

(...) superb choice of tempos (...) The playing of this excellent orchestra is very fine in every department (...) it is all so natural. (...) At time, I confess I almost cried out in admiration for this conductor's and orchestra's total grasp of this by no means straightforward work: the musicianship dispayed here is total. (...) The recording quality is equally of a very high standard (...) Those who want to investigate Bruckner's E major Symphony could not do better than invest in this recording. It is one of the finest I have heard for many years. IRR - Robert Matthew-Walker

    Classics Today

In the Adagio Fischer contrives to make those detached string phrases in the first subject “speak” as never before, and if the result isn’t exactly “very solemn and very slow”, as Bruckner requests, it’s amazingly expressive. (...) there’s no denying the fact that he has a valid and cogent vision of the work, one that the Budapest Festival Orchestra executes beautifully, captured by the Channel Classics engineers in typically warm, naturally balanced SACD sound.

    Presto Classical (Finalist Discs of 2014)

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.

    Classics Today

(...) In the end, the magnificence of the BFO’s playing cannot be overstated. The uniformity of color across the sections is breathtaking. The brass, strings, and woodwinds share every nuance of attack, release, and weight of sound. (...) there’s no denying the fact that he has a valid and cogent vision of the work, one that the Budapest Festival Orchestra executes beautifully, captured by the Channel Classics engineers in typically warm, naturally balanced SACD sound.

    ConcertoNet

What makes Fischer so intriguing isn’t just his programming or his outspokenness, it is the total commitment to his interpretation that he demands and his players provide. There likely isn’t a better example of this phenomenon in Fischer’s discography than this recording. (...) Fischer’s band weaves, dances, and sings throughout this recording. (...) The sound quality is first-rate, as always. (...)n the end, the magnificence of the BFO’s playing cannot be overstated. The uniformity of color across the sections is breathtaking. The brass, strings, and woodwinds share every nuance of attack, release, and weight of sound.

    The Times

(...) the Bruckner offered here is warm, humane, with almost a kick in his step (...) The warmth in part comes from the way the orchestra plays.

    BBC Music Magazine - August 2014

(...)There's a pleasing clarity of texture, helped by the focused playing and excellently balanced recording. (...)

    Luister

(...) Fischer is inmiddels uitgegroeid tot een maestro (...)

    Musicweb International - Recording of the Month

(...) the energy is coupled with warmth and understanding, and that’s partly due to the recording quality. The word that springs to mind for both performance and recording is ‘resplendent’. It has all the virtues inherent in SACD, of placing the instruments with pin-point accuracy.

    Audiophile Audition

(...) a superb performance of this symphony (...) The performance recorded here, with the Budapest Festival Orchestra which Fischer founded, is robust and precise. It’s a fine match for the recording prowess of Channel Classics, who seems to always bring its best game to the recording sessions.(...) Channel Classics always seems to get the strings right, and this recording is no exception. (...)

    SA-CD.net -

(…) canny collectors know that any new recording from Ivan Fischer and his peerless Budapest Festival Orchestra will be worth investigating and once again this proves to be the case. (…) magnificent sound quality of Channel's 5.0 DSD recording made in the Palace of Arts Budapest (...)The playing of the Budapest Festival Orchestra throughout is breathtaking (…) Reservations about the 'Adagio' apart, this is a performance so thoroughly prepared, expertly executed and superbly recorded as to make it unmissable.

    De Volkskrant -

(...) Hier klinkt een intelligent, gevoelig en vervoerend essay in tonen. (...) Gedoseerd werkt de dirigent toe naar de machtige orkestrale roes. (...)

    Nederlands Dagblad

(...) Deze zevende is een hecht gebouw, waar je naar hartenlust kunt ronddwalen en ontroerd kunt raken. (...) ‘Alles wordt gezien met de helderste blik, tot majestueuze hoogte gebracht en met diepste emoties gevoeld.’

    Gramophone June 2014

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Bruckner Symphony no. 7 (2014)

Bruckner

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Cables:Van den Hul (3T)
Digital Converters:Grimm Audio DSD
Mastering Engineer:Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment:B&W 803 diamand series
Microphones:Bruel & Kyaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board:Rens Heijnis custom made
Producer:Hein Dekker
Recording Engineer:Hein Dekker, Jared Sacks
Recording location:Budapest Hungary
Recording Software:Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate:DSD64

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Bruckner Symphony no. 7 - Allegro moderato
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