Available for release 20th August, Ivan Fischers latest release of Mahler Symphony 1 with the Budapest Festival Ochestra.
In full sail, his original title for the second movement, could be a motto for the whole symphony. Here is the young Mahler, full of optimism. We hear his love of nature and beauty, and his childhood memories. Fragments of distant military music, birdsong and Yiddish folk tunes come to his yet un-tormented mind. These episodes are real jewels, especially the Viennese trio in the second movement, the brief Klezmer music, then the Schubert-like Lied (did he have the Lindenbaum in mind?) in the third; and the poetic, gentle melody that interrupts the stormy final movement.
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Admirable too is the architecture, as the composer completes his journey from hell to paradise – dall’inferno al paradiso – in the footsteps of his idol Beethoven. Mahler was in his late twenties when the world made acquaintance with his first symphony. It was in the Hungarian capital Budapest, and circumstances were difficult. In the diffuse acoustics of the Vigadó Hall, surrounded by hatred and mistrust, Mahler experienced his first major flop. Since then, at each performance I feel that we Hungarians have a moral duty to convince audiences that this is a perfect and exceptionally beautiful masterpiece. – Ivan Fischer.
In August 2012 Ivan Fischer will start his work as music director of the Konzerthaus Berlin and principal conductor of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. Also in 2012 (on February 15), together with his Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer will release a long awaited recording of Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, Firebird Suite.
Iván 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 Channel Classics (and Philips Classics before that) have contributed to Iván Fischer’s reputation as one of the world’s most visionary and successful orchestra leaders.
Iván Fischer is also 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.