Notes & Reviews:
Following up on his highly acclaimed recordings of Mahler's first, second fourth and sixth symphonies for Channel Classics, Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra offer a new vision of the Symphony No.5. Its famous Adagietto is one of the most intimate pieces that Mahler ever wrote for orchestra. According to Fischer, the fifth is "the most Jewish of all Mahler's symphonies. The first movement takes us to the unmistakable mood of Jewish lamentation, the finale to the childlike vision of messianic joy."
BBC Music Magazine, February 2014
The woodwind play with plenty of character and there's a surprisingly phrased trombone solo early on...Fischer knows that his strings are lean and incisive rather than sumptuous-sensuous in Berlin or Vienna fashion, so he drives a strong line with direct emotion and no sentimentality...Sound is pleasingly natural.
Gramophone Magazine, December 2013
Fischer takes an expansive view...pretty much throughout...Fischer says he thinks this is the most Jewish of Mahler's symphonies and his way with voicing, with the way it is sung, is precisely that...collectors of the Fischer cycle will want his distinctive view of every piece. This could be the most controversial of the lot.
The Observer, 17th November 2013
The great partnership of Ivßn Fischer and his Budapest players make music of supreme intimacy and vitality. They endow the work with a poise and lyricism too often sacrificed in favour of frenzied intensity...you're spoilt for choice in this much recorded work. This might yet prove a favourite.
The Times, 15th November 2013
Fischer declares the Fifth the "most Jewish" of the set: something we certainly sense in the rise and fall of Fischer's phrasings and the rhythms' idiomatic snap...the heartbreaking adagietto [is] performed with the fragile poise of musicians stepping over something very precious.
American Record Guide, March/April 2014
This entry in Ivan Fischer's Mahler Symphony series is fascinating and unusual. The playing is excellent, even glorious sometimes. The orchestra sounds devoted to its conductor and to each other. The sound is mostly open and full. Cautiously recommendable to the curious and to people looking for something very different.
Recording information: Harmonia Mundi (09/2012); Palace of Arts, Budapest (09/2012).
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor
- Conductor: Iván Fischer
- Ensemble: Budapest Festival Orchestra
- Running Time: 73 min. 28 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1901-1902