Notes & Reviews:
Written when the composer was only in his late twenties, Mahler's first symphony is a study in optimism. 'In full sail' (his original title for the second movement) could be a motto for the whole work. In this vast symphony, we hear his love of nature and beauty, Mahler's childhood memories, fragments of distant military music, birdsong and even Yiddish folk tunes as they blend together into a paean to life and hope. The work's tribute to Beethoven is seen in its architecture, as it takes cues from his idol's famous ninth symphony. The fact that Mahler's first was débuted in the Hungarian capital Budapest gives Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra a unique connection to its history. This new Super Audio CD recording from Channel Classics brings out all the nuances and colors of the work, from its softest whispers to its most thundering climaxes.
Immediately gripping and very special... brilliantly transparent, as if the conductor is shining a strong torchlight on every corner of the score.
The first movement alone confirms Fischer's growing credentials as a major Mahler interpreter.
Gramophone Magazine, September 2012
Right from the beginning, Fischer combs through every nuance in Mahler's score, his brilliant rendering of orchestral sonorities - both individually and blended - deftly recorded by Channel. The first movement alone confirms Fischer's growing credentials as a major Mahler interpreter...Though this performance has much to offer - poise, intensity, dignity - we shouldn't lose sense of what it is not: impulsive, folk-like, impetuous.
The Observer, August 2012
Immediately gripping and very special...The playing is lean and clean, not quite stylish but brilliantly transparent, as if the conductor is shining a strong torchlight on every corner of the score. Sometimes the performance lacks rhythmic lift, but the galvanising climaxes of the first and last movements are thrilling.
The Independent on Sunday, August 2012
Fischer's exhilarating recording of Mahler's First with the Budapest Festival Orchestra dispels the sick-room air that hung inevitably over last year's centenary commemorations... the closing peroration is spine-tingling.
Sunday Times, August 2012
Fischer's elite band have already displayed superb Mahlerian credentials. This lovely account of the First...is especially remarkable in Fischer's delicate, chamber-like intimacy in repose and his lilting, rustic way with the LSndler-like dance rhythms.
BBC Music Magazine, October 2012
Eloquence in all departments was to be expected from Ivan Fischer and his hyper-alert Hungarians...What I hadn't anticipated was the risk-taking with a couple of crucial tempos. Fischer's orchestra always trusts his elasticity, and that's apparent from the very start: every little detail of the natural panorama is freely inflected...A vivid interpretation which deserves a place of honour.
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Works DetailsMahler, Gustav : Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"
- Performers: Budapest Festival Orchestra; Iván Fischer
- Conductor: Iván Fischer
- Ensemble: Budapest Festival Orchestra
- Running Time: 16 min. 34 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: ?/?1884-03/1888