Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer – Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 1, Hungarian Dance & Haydn Variations (2009) DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer – Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 1, Hungarian Dance & Haydn Variations (2009)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 01:07:27 minutes | 2,66 + 2.74 GB | Genre: Classical
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“An orchestra musician is an artist, not an employee, and artists must be given the chance to take initiatives and to be creative. Only an orchestra of true artists – making music as a highly disciplined team – is able to realize the dreams of the composers and pass on an uplifting experience to the audience, touching all listeners deep in their heart. This is our aim for which the Budapest Festival Orchestra has been created.” –Iván Fischer

(…) Ever the radical, he effectively refashions each work from scratch. The Haydn variations have a grace and lightness of touch we don’t often hear in them. The first, meanwhile, is monumental in every sense of the word: a huge, noble assertion of the inherent dignity of human experience and creative endeavour that leaves you feeling enriched and exalted. –The Guardian

(…) one of Brahms’s Hungarian dances, arranged by Fischer for strings, a hesitating, melancholy delight; then the Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn, sparkling and strong. (…) The fruits of this arrangement can be enjoyed only by playing the disc uninterrupted. Fischer’s rather schoolmasters plan is to reveal the influences and stepping stones that led to the master work: Hungarian folk music, plus classical poise allied to contrapuntal strength. But the CD never feels like homework. These Budapest players have Hungarian folk music in their blood, and their national inflections of phrasing, tempo and string fingering make the symphony quiver with new life. (…) All this plus the usual finesse of tone and colour expected from this orchestra and conductor. Nobody can top the natural sympathy and understanding shown in this outstanding performance. –The Times

(…) Yet Fischer’s readings of the Tchaikovsky Symphonies are immense powerful and, strange to say of such familiar terrain, of the revelatory. Not surprisingly, all that is predictable about Fischer’s latest Brahms recording with The BFO is its combination of stunning excellence and originality. (…) Throughout this recording, Brahms’s orchestration, proverbially thick in the best circumstances and apt turn muddy in the worst, emerges with a patina that is positively luminous. (…) Lovers of orchestral music who grow pessimistic for the future of the art will find their faith restored by these wonderfully creative, vivid and refreshing interpretations. If further proof were required, they argue for Ivan Fischer’s place among the half-dozen most gifted and important conductor’ before the public today. –International Record Review


Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

1 Hungarian Dance no. 14 2.28
(originally for piano duet, arranged for string orchestra by Iván Fischer)
2-11 Variations on a theme by Joseph Haydn op. 56a (1873) 17.50
Symphony no. 1 in c minor op. 68 (1876)
12 Un poco sostenuto-Allegro 16.18
13 Andante sostenuto 8.39
14 Un poco allegretto grazioso 4.34
15 Adagio-Allegro non troppo ma con brio 16.56

Budapest Festival Orchestra
Iván Fischer, conductor

Recorded: Palace of Arts, Budapest, January 2009
FLAC  (Source: DSD64 (converted at KORG AudioGate 2.3.3 / DSD Filter Soft Roll-off -3dB/50kHz / TPDF Diter))



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