Schubert - Symphony No. 9 ('Great') In C-Major, Five German Dances (2011)

Schubert

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Ivan Fischer

A new dimension is added to the marvellous transition from the simple horn melody to a symphony when it is played on natural horns. Why did Schubert choose horns? Three notes sound open, the next stopped, the next stopped in a different way, like a melody roughly hewn from marble. Only when the oboe takes over is the unevenness polished away, removing limitations and barriers and transporting us into a magical realm of eternity. I must say that I find this transition most touching if the natural horn players do their best to equalize, to overcome their natural unevenness – like handicapped athletes do. Small C-clarinets and narrow trombones give this symphony a special colour. The woodwinds have a leading role, playing all the Viennese songs, serenades, popular tunes and dances. Even if it is an orchestral work, here and there it feels like the seventh volume of Schubert’s Lieder.Ivan 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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Schubert - Symphony No. 9 ('Great') In C-Major, Five German Dances (2011)

Schubert

Budapest Festival Orchestra

    Www.allmusic.com

The crisp and clear sounds of the winds are arresting, and the clarity of their lines and textures make the music transparent and ideally balanced with the strings. (...) Fischer’s conducting is incisive, so the rhythms follow suit and push off the beat with considerable energy. (...) The sound of this SACD is excellent, with first-rate DSD reproduction, credible multichannel depth, and pleasant resonance.

    Peter Uehling, kulturradio

Die Aufnahme zeigt markant, dass Fischer nicht nur ein Orchester von Null an die Weltspitze bringen kann, sondern auch ein origineller Interpret ist, der bei aller Sachlichkeit selbst bekannten Werken eine unerhörte Seite abgewinnen kann.

    Spiegel On Line

Iván Fischers Symphonie-Aufnahmen haben eigene Qualitäten. Sogar Schuberts Wunderwerk, die scheue Neunte, blüht bei ihm auf.

    Independent.co.uk

Iván Fischer's reading of Schubert's Great Symphony in C Major with the Budapest Festival Orchestra lends this glorious extrapolation of Beethovenian style an audaciously rich flavour with no loss of crispness. (...) The timbre is almost that of Dvorák – dark and herbal – while the sense of anticipation in the longest, broadest phrases is palpable. The architecture is magnificent, the detailing absurdly delightful. Silky and playful, the German Dances are best heard as an aperitif.

    Klassieke Zaken

In het orkest spelen atleten die niet alleen elastisch omgaan met klankvorming, maar onder Fischers baton de noten behandelen als organisch materiaal. (...) Of je nu wel of niet een Schubert Negen in de kast hebt: deze mag niet ontbreken. (...)

    Opusklassiek

Het Budapest Festival Orchestra is een van de beste orkesten ter wereld, en Iván Fischer is een groot dirigent. Elke cd van deze gouden combinatie is een genot om naar te luisteren. Liefde voor het detail, zorg voor de klank, perfect samenspel, het is er allemaal, en het wordt ook nog eens voortreffelijk opgenomen. (...)

    The Telegraph

‘Iván Fischer directs his Budapest forces in a performance of Schubert’s “Great” C major Symphony that has punch and impetus, with orchestral detail crisply delineated. Natural horns add bite to the lucid textures alongside his elegant phrasing of melodic lines. Five German Dances D89, originally for string quartet, form a delightful encore.’

    Sunday Times

With every new release - and occasional reissue - Fischer's Budapest Festival Orchestra throw fresh light on the standard classical works. Their recordings, invariably recorded live, sound like new encounters with the greatest and most familiar music of the concert platform, yet they are notable for their lack of eccentricities and the kind of interpretive quirks that draw attention to the personality of the conductor rather than the composer. Here, Schubert's "Great" seems so natural - every tempo judged to perfection, the balance between strings and winds an ideal equilibrium - and yet so utterly different from the classic interpretations on record. Fischer takes for granted the symphony's "heavenly length" - Schumann's famous accolade at a time when the music was thought impossibly long-winded and difficult - but he doesn't attempt to make the music sound like Beethoven's 10th. The Schubertian qualities of songful melodic lyricism, rustic dance, joy in the natural world and philosophical introspection are here played with a chamber-music-like clarity and intimacy. The Hungarian musicians recognise that Schubert was essentially a private composer. They certainly bring out his extrovert qualities (the sound of the natural horns have a lusty, al fresco quality), but it is the exquisite quality of the woodwind soloists that make such a deep impression. The German dances - light-hearted fare from the opposite end of Schubert's career - make delightful encores.

    Audiophile Audition

From the first notes the spectacular performance by the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Ivan Fischer sets itself apart from others. (...) As with their performances of Mahler and Beethoven symphonies - praised by Gramophone and winners of many awards - this one shows that Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra have taken a place among the top orchestras of today’s world. The rich, detailed and sonorous sound provided by all of Channel Classics’ hi-res surround recordings makes this a winner.

    The Guardian

Iván Fischer's beautifully judged and lucidly presented performance takes the work's length as something utterly inevitable and authentically Schubertian in its own right. The textures are wonderfully transparent, and by getting his players in the Budapest orchestra to use natural horns, narrow bore trombones and clarinets in C, he gives an extra buoyancy to the sound, so that every line has its own character and rhythmic profile. (...)

    Knack

Fischer is technisch een betere dirigent dan Harnoncourt: hij kan de musici op kleinere schaal in tijd en ruimte aansturen, waardoor een ultiem niveau in wendbaarheid en kamermuziekkwaliteit wordt bereikt. Alweer een grote plaat van Fischer en co.(…)

    Classical cd review

Here is yet another winner from Iván Fischer and his superb Budapest Festival Orchestra. You will not find a more loving impeccable performance of Schubert's masterpiece than this splendid reading. The surround sound from Channel Classics is rich, warm and detailed, and the charming German Dances make an appropriate filler. Don't miss this one.

    RONDO

Was er ihnen – gerade in Schuberts 'schwierigen' Passagen mit Tempowechsel, insbesondere dem Übergang von langsamer Einleitung zum Allegro-Hauptsatz – an dynamischen Finessen entlockt, ist außergewöhnlich und zeugt von einer langjährigen, quasi 'blinden' Orchesterkommunikation, die im heutigen Jet-Set-Konzertstress der Pultmagnaten immer seltener anzutreffen ist. (...) Fischer ist kein Extremist, sondern ein Feinzeichner von seltenen Graden und Gnaden. (...)

    Cobra, Belgium

Meester van de klassieke symfonie (...) opnieuw experimenteert Fischer met de opstelling en instrumenten van zijn orkest (...) Prachtig hoe Ivan Fischer zo vele details naar boven weet te brengen, en er tegelijk toch in slaagt om het evenwicht en de spanning van begin tot einde vast te houden. Hij toont Schubert niet als de aankondiger van de romantiek (zoals dat bij vele andere dirigenten in dit werk dikwijls het geval is), wel als de absolute, soevereine meester van de klassieke symfonie.

    BBC Music -

As so often with iván Fischer, it's the breath of insight that impresses here. (...)There's plenty of energy, yet the lines sing too (...) The recorded sound is likewise outstanding: warm and atmospheric but clear throughout the texture. (...) orchestra CD of the month

    HIFI+

There may be other performances for some, but I think this will be on the top of anyone's list (...) The recording itself is outstanding (...) Excellent in every way.

    Musicweb International

One of the main reasons why it does work is that the players are all on Fischer's side. The performance standards here are exceptional, but more importantly, the conductor is able to communicate his unusual conception of the work to the orchestra in such a way that they are able to make it seem intuitive. (...) Fischer always keeps things light. Everything here is dancing and optimism. (...)The SACD sound quality is up to the usual high standards of Channel Classics.

Schubert - Symphony No. 9 ('Great') In C-Major, Five German Dances (2011)

Schubert

Budapest Festival Orchestra

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Digital Converters:Grimm A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Mastering Engineer:Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment:B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones:Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board:Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer:Hein Dekker
Recording Engineer:Hein Dekker, Jared Sacks
Recording location:The Palace of Arts, Budapest Hungary 2011
Recording Software:Pyramix bij Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate:DSD64
Speakers:Audiolab, Holland

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Symphony no. 9 (Great) in C major [D 944] - Andante _ Allegro ma non troppo
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Symphony no. 9 (Great) in C major [D 944] - Andante con moto
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Symphony no. 9 (Great) in C major [D 944] - Scherzo. Allegro Vivace
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Symphony no. 9 (Great) in C major [D 944] - Allegro Vivace
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Five German Dances and Seven Trios with Coda [D89] - No. 1
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Five German Dances and Seven Trios with Coda [D89] - No. 2
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