Dvorak - Symphony No. 7 in D-Minor & Suite in A-Major (2010)

Dvorak

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Ivan Fischer

The 7th Symphony is among the greatest masterpieces. Symphonies, which start in a minor and end in a major key, like Beethoven’s fifth, Mahler’s first and many others take us from sadness to happiness, from tragedy to jubilation. But here Dvorák sustains the D minor to the very end: he turns to D major only in the final six bars! It is an extraordinary structure, an incredible development creating irresistible excitement. There are many hidden treasures among Dvorák’s works and it is a particular pleasure for me to present the beautiful Suite for Orchestra in A major on this disc. I think it should be performed more often in concerts, and I sincerely hope that this recording will inspire orchestras to extend their Dvorák repertoire with this composition of enchanting beauty, lyricism and freshness. Iván Fischer

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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 - Symphony No. 7 in D-Minor & Suite in A-Major (2010)

Dvorak

Budapest Festival Orchestra

    Hifi+

Fischer and the Budapest are a combination that continue deliver performances of taste, style and interpretive authenticity. The character and quality of this performance is imaginative and insightful and allows the full nature of this wonderful work to be explored by all who listen.

    The Sunday Times

Fisher gaves his woodwind soloists plenty of time to luxuriate in Dvorak’s inexhaustible stream of melodic ideas, yet never driving the music (…)

    Elsevier

Ivan Fischer en zijn orkest onderscheiden zich in deze muziek, alleen al door de smaakvol ouderwetse portamenti in de strijkers. Fischer’s Dvork is niet het einde van alle tegenspraak, maar wie wil meepraten moet deze cd in huis hebben.

    Luister

Fischer weet het zo vanzelfsprekend te laten klinken dat het opeens volstrekt logisch is dat de Amerikanen een heuse hymne maakten van het hoofdthema van het Largo. Het is de kracht van de dirigent die louter geloof in muziek, in de klinkende noten. En het is de kracht van een orkest dat bereid is om de dirigent op zijn reis te volgen. Het is uiteindelijke de samenwerking die garant staat voor zulke adembenemende resultaten.

    Pizzicato

Generell ist es der Sound dieser Interpretationen, der dem Ohr schmeichelt als die Interpretator ansich. (...)

    Stereoplay

Vergessenes Juwel (...) Diese in DSD-Technik aufgezeichnete Mehrkanalproduktion unterstreicht wieder einmal die Faszination und den entfesselten Klangzauber einer perfekt aufgenommen SACD.

    L’air du jour

Ivan Fischer, qui pour être hongrois n'en comprend pas moins la musique de ses voisins tchèques, ne se trompe pas et rend justice à cette œuvre difficile. Il y a dix ans, il avait enregistré déjà et très bien les Huitième et Neuvième symphonies, rééditées aujourd’hui chez Channel Classics. (...) Sa Septième est encore plus aboutie, ne serait-ce que parce que son Orchestre du Festival de Budapest a gagné en rondeur, en puissance, en virtuosité. Mais aussi parce qu’il sait traduire la fébrilité de la partition, son exaltation, sa richesse rythmique (le scherzo est une pure merveille) avec conviction. Pour les amateurs d’un Dvorak plus enjoué, l’aimable Suite Américaine sonne comme une récréation après cette sombre symphonie.

    Musikzen

Il sait traduire la fébrilité de la partition, son exaltation, sa richesse rythmique (le scherzo est une pure merveille) avec conviction. (...)

Dvorak - Symphony No. 7 in D-Minor & Suite in A-Major (2010)

Dvorak

Budapest Festival Orchestra

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Mastering Engineer:Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment:B&W 803 diamond series
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Mixing Board:Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer:Hein Dekker
Recording Engineer:Hein Dekker, Jared Sacks
Recording location:The Palace of Arts Budapest Hungary 2010
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Symphony no. 7 in D minor op. 70 - Allegro maestoso
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Symphony no. 7 in D minor op. 70 - Poco adagio
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Symphony no. 7 in D minor op. 70 - Scherzo
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Symphony no. 7 in D minor op. 70 - Allegro
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Suite in A major, American, B 190 - Andante con moto
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Suite in A major, American, B 190 - Allegro
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Suite in A major, American, B 190 - Moderato alla Pollacca
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Suite in A major, American, B 190 - Andante
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Suite in A major, American, B 190 - Allegro
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