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Beethoven: Symphony no 7; Rossini, etc / Fischer, et al

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Concerto for Clarinet no 1 in F minor, J 114/Op 73
>Rossini, Gioachino : L' italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers), opera
>Wilms, Johann Wilhelm : Symphony in C minor, Op. 23
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Notes & Reviews:

As co-founder and Music Director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Maestro, Ivan Fischer can take the credit for creating a vibrant orchestra with an enviable international touring profile and frequent engagements at all the major venues around the world. Here he leads a buoyant performance of Beethoven's sunlit "Symphony No. 7," placed in the context of the musical currents of its time. You can appreciate the musical connections when listening to the sparkling Overture to "L'Italiana in Algeri" by Gioacchino Rossini, the colorful Finale from the "Symphony No. 4" by Johann Wilhelm Wilms, and the lyrical Adagio from the "Clarinet Concerto No. 1" by Carl Maria von Weber, with soloist Akos Acs.

BBC Music Magazine
Fischer... offers a sparkling performance of the popular overture to Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers, and his account of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony is impressive, with the major-mode episodes of the famous second movement warm and glowing, and the Dionysiac finale tremendously exciting.

Gramophone Magazine
Fischer and his players romp through the finale like devils possessed, pausing only when strings wrestle for supremacy.

The Guardian
As a totality, the disc is consequently bitty, but the performance of the Seventh ranks, without question, among the greatest ever recorded. With the Budapest Festival Orchestra playing as if their lives depended on it, it's superbly articulated, thrillingly elated and emotionally exhausting. Weber, on first hearing the work, wondered whether its composer was insane, and for once you understand why. Utterly compelling.



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92
  • Conductor: Iván Fischer
  • Ensemble: Budapest Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 40 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1812

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Concerto for Clarinet no 1 in F minor, J 114/Op 73 :: Adagio
  • Performer: Akos Acs (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Iván Fischer
  • Ensemble: Budapest Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1811

>Rossini, Gioachino : L' italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers), opera :: Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Iván Fischer
  • Ensemble: Budapest Festival Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1813.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1813

>Wilms, Johann Wilhelm : Symphony in C minor, Op. 23 :: Rondo
  • Conductor: Iván Fischer
  • Ensemble: Budapest Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral