Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4 In F Minor, Op. 36 & Romeo And Juliet Overture (2004)

Tchaikovsky

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Ivan Fischer

One of the most wondrous friendships in musical history was the one between Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovski and a rich noblewoman, Nadjezhda von Meck. She worshipped Tchaikovski from afar and initiated a correspondence which, over the years, would amount to some 1200 letters. Madame Von Meck became Tchaikovskis patroness and granted him a generous yearly allowance. In this way it became possible for Pyotr Ilyitch to resign his detested job as a professor at the Moscow conservatory, concentrate on composing, and travel, preferably abroad. The two agreed that they would never meet, in order to avoid any emotional complications which might arise. Thanks to the extensive correspondence, we are well informed about numerous details of Tchaikovskis life, including the background to his Fourth Symphony in f, op. 36, from 1877. Around this time, Tchaikovski had unexpectedly rushed into a marriage in order to avoid revealing his homosexuality. After a week with his bride, the composer suffered a nervous breakdown and made an attempt at suicide, after which the marriage was dissolved on medical advice. It was against this backdrop that the Fourth Symphony was composed......

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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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Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4 In F Minor, Op. 36 & Romeo And Juliet Overture (2004)

Tchaikovsky

Budapest Festival Orchestra

    Diapason

le Tchakovsky de Fischer est brillant, presque dshumanis force de volont de perfection.

    Klassik Heute. com

Fischer lsst schlank, direkt, sehr differenziert, mit groem Ausdrucksreichtum, dynamisch weit, aber immer subtil, nie pauschal und nie knallig musizieren.

    Www.kwadratuur

Fischer toont de luisteraar precies wanneer en waarnaar hij moet luisteren, dankzij een perfecte balans op gebied van tempo, instrumentatie of articulatie. Dit geeft Tchaikovski's vierde symfonie knap gestalte en maakt een beluistering noch inspannend, noch vervelend. Voor wie dit revolutionaire orkest uit Budapest nog niet kent vormt deze cd een prachtige kennismaking. Fischer bespeelt zwierig een heel scala aan emoties, mijdt het theatrale, het dramatische niet, en levert zo een fantastische plaat af. Warm aanbevolen!

    Crescendo

A la tte de son orchestre du Festival de Budapest, Ivn Fischer modle chaque dtail sans manirisme, sans ostentation, mais dans le souci constant d'apporter un lment subjectif a sa lecture. Une mme hallucination parcourt le Pome symphonique, Romo et Juliette. Sous nos oreilles, les amants de Vrone vivent leur passion dans toute l'horreur du drame shakespearien.

    Le Soir

Ivan Fischer sait tirer de son Budapest Festival Orchestra des sonorits inimitables. Un son qui a du corps, de la nervosit, qui flatte la note, soutient un rythme sans jamais devenir bruyant. Y compris dans les plus fracassants tutti que Tchaikovsky a l'art de dchaner dans son Romeo et Juliette et sa 4e symphonie. Avec, en sus, une tendresse soyeuse des cordes, une vivacit des vents, et, un peu partout, le sens de la danse.

    Haagsche Courant

Een interpretatie die de luisteraar meevoert over toppen en door ravijnen (...)

    Volkskrant

Een opname waarin de partituur verbluffend gedetailleerd met ongevenaarde luciditeit voor de luisteraar wordt uitgespreid. Mede dankzij de klankregie van Channel Classics is elk instrument glashelder te horen. Het resultaat is volstrekt integer en, inderdaad, ideaal

    Luister -

De geboorte van een winning team? () () Deze muziek grijpt je meteen bij de strot. Wat een koperblazerssound, wat een schitterende melancholieke strijkers, wat een heerlijke geurende houtblazers, wat een enorme drive in alle vier delen.

    The Star-Ledger

Freshness is paramount with Fischer, and his players even make the sweeping soap opera tune of Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet sound novel. Fischer's performance in the Fourth Symphony has a new-minted air ... you're going to revisit standard fare, this is the way to do it.

    Fono Forum

Bei Fischer erscheint Tschaikowsky wieder als sensibler Menschenvertoner und man spurt bei ihm auch die Nhe des grobrgerlichen russischen Salons. (...) Fischer entdeckt den polyglotten europischen Feingeist und noblen Wahrheitssucher Tschaikowsky - und in diesem Licht verhaltener Leidenschaft kommt dessen kompositorische Meisterschaft in ihrer ganzen Raffinesse zum Vorschein.

    Hi-Rez Highway

Connoisseurs of pure auditory sensation will not be disappointed. Definitely worth a listen.

    Classics Today -

It'll probably be the first time in years you've heard this warhorse without being bored to tears, despite the bombast. Playing by the Budapest Festival Orchestra is very high-caliber, particularly the brass. I'll give it a 10/10 for the daring vitality and freshness of Fischer's interpretation.

    Audiophile Audition -

I have awarded this fine disc five stars because it is simply an exemplary SACD offering, delighting in the music it contains and consistently gratifying in its splendid sonics.

    Gramophone

Fischer has enough that is meaningful and individual to justify a secure place among top digital recommendations.

    Evening Standard -

Ivan Fischers Budapest Festival Orchestra has acquired a reputation as one of Europes finest and most individual. Warmly recommended, even if you already have these works in your collection.

    International Record Review

Fischer makes the best of the regional tone colour of his winds and the agility of his divided violins.

Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4 In F Minor, Op. 36 & Romeo And Juliet Overture (2004)

Tchaikovsky

Budapest Festival Orchestra

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Symphony No. 4 In F Minor, Op. 36 - Andante Sostenuto - Moderato Con Anima
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Symphony No. 4 In F Minor, Op. 36 - Andantino In Modo Di Canzana
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Symphony No. 4 In F Minor, Op. 36 - Scherzo; Pizzicato Ostinato_ Allegro
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Symphony No. 4 In F Minor, Op. 36 - Finale_ Allegro Con Fuoco
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Romeo And Overture
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