Notes & Reviews:
American Record Guide, November/December 2014
There is a modern understanding of how big symphonies are to be interpreted and played that favors flowing tempos, smoothness, and a kind of superficial beauty. The Stenz Mahler 6 that I recently reviewed is a poster child for applying this understanding to an epic romantic work. This Bruckner 7 is another instance. I had a telling reaction. After listening to this recording, I began to write about it. The Berlin EMI from Karajan - now reissued by Warner - is a prime candidate, along with his DG Berlin revisit and the sweet and flowing Vienna recording - his last - also on DG. Bohm, Klemperer, and Furtwangler are all outstanding, as is the elegant and beautiful Giulini from Vienna.
Until late in his career, Bruckner was understood and admired only within a small circle - a handful of advocates of his music, both pupils and Wagnerites. As he was composing his Symphony No.7, Bruckner heard news of the death of his musical idol Richard Wagner. He immediately decided to dedicate the work to his remembrance. The seventh symphony marked Bruckner's breakthrough into widespread public acceptance, and since its première it has remained the most frequently performed of his nine symphonies. This gut-wrenching performance by Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra features the finest in recorded sound.
The Times, 20th June 2014
The conductor's impulses actually lead Bruckner away from eternal verities, or at least the chillier kind. The Bruckner offered here is warm, humane, with almost a kick in his step. This is a cathedral, you might say, with an Austrian coffee house attached. The warmth in part comes from the way the orchestra plays.
The Observer, 13th July 2014
The works "lithe" and "Bruckner" don't tend to go together. Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra force you to break with habit. This account of the expansive Seventh Symphony is at once vigorous and lean...It won't be to all tastes. It suits mine.
Gramophone Magazine, August 2014
Right from the opening pp tremolando you can tell that as an interpretation this is going to be something off the beaten track. Rather than cue the familiar shimmering haze, Fischer prefers a softly undulating chord...That warmth remains a constant throughout the performance.
Recording information: Palace of Arts, Budapest (03/2012).
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Works DetailsBruckner, Anton : Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107
- Conductor: Iván Fischer
- Ensemble: Budapest Festival Orchestra
- Running Time: 56 min. 3 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1881-1883