Dvorak - Slavonic Dances (2010)

Dvorak

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Ivan Fischer

Whereas the first set had featured predominantly Czech dances (with the exception of the second which evoked the Ukranian dumka — not, strictly speaking, a dance), the second set is more broadly Slavonic, incorporating Slovak, Polish, Serbian and Russian elements in addition to Dvorák’s favourite melancholy dumka strains. In these sixteen highly varied and colourful dances, Dvorák had fulfilled his original brief to perfection, creating stylised, even idealised dance fantasias which inter - mingle folk elements with his own inspired melodies so effectively, so disarmingly and so artistically that for the most part they have defied attempts by musicologists to uncover the folk sources. Dvorák justified his approach in 1894:


‘From the rich stores of Slavonic folk music, in its Hungarian [i.e. Slovak], Russian, Bohemian and Polish varieties, the composers of the day have derived, and will continue to derive, much that is charming and novel in their music. Nor is there anything objectionable in this, for if the poet and painter base much of their best art on national legends, songs and traditions, why should not the musicians?’

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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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Dvorak - Slavonic Dances (2010)

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Budapest Festival Orchestra

    MusicWeb

The opening of Op. 46 makes a thrilling impression-the soundstage is deep, wide and astonishing in its detail-and the BFO play with great verve and accuracy. (...) But where Fischer really scores is in the startling range of colour and inner detail he coaxes from his virtuoso band. (…)

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Een van de vele plattitudes in de muziekwereld die te pas of te onpas van stal worden gehaald: is dat deze oer- en nog eens oer-Tsjechische muziek 'natuurlijk' alleen fantastisch kan worden gespeeld door een puur Tsjechisch orkest en, als het maar even kan, onder een al even 'pure' Tsjechische dirigent. Dat is regelrechte onzin. Daar zijn nu dan deze geweldige Hongaren onder de al even geweldige Fischer bijgekomen. Muzikaal charisma, daar draait het in deze muziek om en dan ook nog letterlijk (…) Wat het Budapest Festival Orchestra onder Iván Fischer op deze cd laat horen kan heel kort en bondig worden samengevat met 'het kan niet Slavischer'. Het is ook Fischer die zich voortdurend lijkt te realiseren dat deze stukken toch in eerste instantie voor pianoduet zijn gecomponeerd en pas later werden georkestreerd. Deze zestien dansen maken een belangrijke deel uit van het Tsjechische clturele erfgoed en worden hier als fijngeslepen diamanten door Fischer cum suis gepresenteerd. Wie ze nader tegen het licht houdt wordt ongetwijfeld getroffen door de vele facetten die de Budapesters aan het notenbeeld hebben onttrokken. (...) Jawel, dit is music for the millions, maar dat hebben wij er wel van gemaakt. Totdat er weer eens een dirigent opstaat die deze conventie aan zijn laars lapt, er volkomen fris en onbevangen tegenover staat en aan deze o zo vertrouwde klanken een nieuwe invulling geeft. Iván Fischer is zo'n dirigent en bovendien een die door heel veel talent en keihard werken met zijn orkest de wereldtop heeft weten te bereiken en zich daar ook kan handhaven. (…) Het was Channel Classics die het discografisch ontheemde orkest en zijn dirigent in de armen sloot om daarmee een nieuwe discografische toekomst op te gaan bouwen. Wat toen nog een gewaagd experiment leek is inmiddels uitgegroeid tot een verbintenis met een gouden rand. Dit zijn uiteindelijk allemaal volhouders die voor hun doorzettingsvermogen beloond worden. Chapeau!

    Luister -

Overbodig om te melden dat orkestspel en opname opnieuw als om door een ringetje te halen zijn.

    Classics FM

Every phrase breathes, detail is glorious in both performance and recording and the colors shine through Fischer’s translucent textures. (...) this is among the finest modern recordings, but get Fischer’s Dvorak symphonies first if you don’t already have them (CCS SA 28309)

Dvorak - Slavonic Dances (2010)

Dvorak

Budapest Festival Orchestra

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