Mahler: Symphony No 1 / Fischer
Label: Channel Classics
Format: SACD HYBRID
Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'
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 Independent on Sunday 12th 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.” The Observer 5th 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.”