Brahms - Symphony No. 1, Hungarian Dance, Haydn Variations - Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer - 2009 (FLAC, 24BIT – 192KHZ)

Brahms – Symphony No. 1, Hungarian Dance, Haydn Variations – Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer – 2009 (FLAC, 24BIT – 192KHZ)

Composer: Johannes Brahms
Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra
Conductor: Iván Fischer
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Bit Depth: 24bit / 192kHz
Number of channels: 2.0
Label: Channel Classics Records
Size: 2.75 GB
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Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Symphony No. 1
Hungarian Dance · Haydn Variations

Hungarian Dance No. 14 (arr. Iván Fischer)

01. Hungarian Dance No. 14(2:37)

Variations on a theme by Joseph Haydn Op. 56a (1873)

02. I. Thema, Chorale St. Antoni (Andante) (2:05)
03. II. Variation 1, Poco più animato (Andante con moto) (1:13)
04. III. Variation 2, Più vivace (Vivace) (1:01)
05. IV. Variation 3, Con moto (1:42)
06. V. Variation 4, Andante con moto (Andante) (1:45)
07. VI. Variation 5, Vivace (Poco presto) (1:01)
08. VII. Variation 6, Vivace (1:19)
09. VIII. Variation 7, Grazioso (3:00)
10. IX. Variation 8, Presto non troppo (Poco presto) (1:04)
11. X. Finale, Andante (3:54)

Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68 (1876)

12. I. Un poco sostenuto-Allegro (16:26)
13. II. Andante sostenuto (8:49)
14. III. Un poco allegretto grazioso (4:34)
15. IV. Adagio-Allegro non troppo ma con brio (16:56)

Recorded: Palace of Arts, Budapest, January 2009

“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

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