Notes & Reviews:
The Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer continue their Mahler cycle with the Symphony No.9. In the liner notes, Fischer writes that Mahler's Symphony No.9 is, "a most complex, extremely forward-looking, visionary symphony... [with] the most tragic and beautiful ending Mahler ever composed: what he shares with us is his fading awareness of our beloved world." Whether you think of this work as a eulogy to the end of all things, or as the ultimate exaltation to life and to mortality, this new recording on SACD from Channel Classics will allow the feeling to resonate deep into your soul.
Gramophone Magazine, June 2015
Fischer gives us the edginess of Bernstein without his tendency to wallow. ...it's the small things that so often strike sparks - exposed timpani properly tuned, problematic textures rendered with airy chamber-like luminosity... [this issue] is in a very special class, a sonic dazzler, quite apart from its bold musical qualities. A potential Award-winner!
This orchestra can seem as if it is making chamber music, as is so necessary in Mahler's music, and its turn-on-a-sixpence responses to Fischer's Urging makes this an exhilarating recording.
Sunday Times, 14th June 2015
Fischer is faithful to Mahler's score, yet lays bare this music's poignant sense of a leave-taking, even if it was not to be the composer's last word on the symphony.
The Guardian, 4th June 2015
Mahler's long farewell...is given heartbreaking intensity and tenderness by the Budapest Festival Orchestra, always an ensemble of great character and conviction...And what a fine Mahlerian [Fischer] is: this account is superb for the orchestra's deep, old-world sound, for a generosity of expression that clinches the work's turmoil but draws radiantly life-affirming conclusions.
Recording information: Palace of Arts, Budapest (11/30/2013-12/02/2013).
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Symphony no 9 in D major
- Conductor: Iván Fischer
- Ensemble: Budapest Festival Orchestra
- Notes: Palace of Arts, Budapest (11/30/2013-12/02/2013)
- Running Time: 75 min. 11 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1908-1909