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Schubert: Symphony No. 9; Five German Dances / Ivan Fischer

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>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great"
>Schubert, Franz : Minuets (5) and Trios (6) for string quartet , D. 89

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great"
>Schubert, Franz : Minuets (5) and Trios (6) for string quartet , D. 89
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The partnership between Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra has proved to be one of the greatest success stories in classical music. On their latest recording for Channel Classics, these great artists present a new perspective on Schubert's powerful and romantic ninth symphony. As a contrast to the majestic sounds of the Great C Major, Fischer's pairing is a charming early work, the Five German Dances. As usual, Channel provides masterful sonic engineering that compliments the performers' consummate musicality.

Sunday Times
With every new release - and occasional reissue - Fischer's Budapest Festival Orchestra throw fresh light on the standard classical works...Here, Schubert's "Great" seems so natural - every tempo judged to perfection, the balance between strings and winds an ideal equilibrium - and yet so utterly different from the classic interpretations on record.

The Guardian
Fischer's beautifully judged and lucidly presented performance takes the work's length as something utterly inevitable and authentically Schubertian in its own right. The textures are wonderfully transparent, and by getting his players in the Budapest orchestra to use natural horns, narrow bore trombones and clarinets in C, he gives an extra buoyancy to the sound, so that every line has its own character and rhythmic profile.

Gramophone Magazine
Fischer looks deep into the music; his conducting empowers the musicians...the SACD sound revails detail and refinements in expression. The fill-ups are fetching.

Classic FM Magazine
Do you perform music written in the 1820s on period instruments, or modern ones? Ivan Fischer here opts for compromise...The result is a bizarre non-mix. But in every other way this performance convinces, with gorgeously in-tune woodwind, a lovely emphasis on the music's Viennese, dance-like grace, and tempi from Fischer that build momentum while also allowing plenty of space.

BBC Music Magazine
As so often with Ivan Fischer, it's the breadth of insight that impresses here...the outer movements and Scherzo have plenty of muscular energy, and yet the lines can sing too...The recorded sound is likewise outstanding: warm and atmospheric but clear throughout the texture.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Palace of Arts, Budapest (06/2010).



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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Symphony no 9 in C major, D 944 "Great"
  • Conductor: Iván Fischer
  • Ensemble: Budapest Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 54 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1825-1828

>Schubert, Franz : Minuets (5) and Trios (6) for string quartet , D. 89
  • Conductor: Iván Fischer
  • Ensemble: Budapest Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 13 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/19/1813