SCHUBERT Symphony No. 9 Great in C major D944, Five German Dances D89. Budapest Festival Orchestra / Ivan Fischer. Channel Classics SACD

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Symphony no. 9 (’Great’) in C major [D944], Five German Dances [D89]

Budapest Festival Orchestra / Iván 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.” Iván Fischer

Iván Fischer The partnership between Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra has proved to be one of the greatest success stories in the past 25 years of classical music. Fischer introduced several reforms, developed intense rehearsal methods for the musicians, emphasizing chamber music and creative work for each orchestra member. Intense international touring and a series of acclaimed recordings for Channel Classics have contributed to Iván Fischer's reputation as one of the worlds most visionary and successful orchestra leaders.

Fischer continues to sustain his reputation as one of the finest conductors around in any repertoire.” CLASSICS TODAY

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.

Hugh Canning - Sunday Times - ****

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.

Geoffrey Norris - Telegraph ****

International Record Review – June 2011

“Throughout, the playing has an ebullience that suits Fischer’s view of the work… It is an exhilarating conclusion to a fine and individual performance.

The Independent

“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.”

Channel Classics Records SACD CCSSA31111

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