Ivan Fischer: Composers's Portrait 1

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Label: Channel Classics
Catalog: CCS34516
Format: CD

Nora Fischer (soprano) & Wim Van Hasselt (trumpet) Budapest Festival Orchestra musicians & Kobra Vocal Ensemble

Fischer, I: Eine Deutsch-Jiddische Kantate for soprano, trumpet and string orchestra La malinconia Tsuchigumo Gypsy song A Nay Kleyd Shudh-Sarang Sextet Spinoza translations Fanfare

The conductor Iván Fischer has in recent times come increasingly to the fore as a composer. He began to compose when he was about twenty, writing in a rather avant-garde style fitting for that age, as he says. But it all came to an end as he became more and more absorbed by conducting. Some thirty years later, however, the urge to take up the pen again became irresistible. “A feeling as though I found my true self.” He describes himself not as a composer but as a “composing conductor”. For the many composers whose music he conducts are his teachers and his source of inspiration. This CD presents a portrait of the composer Iván Fischer. The liner notes are largely based on his own commentary and on that of Habakuk Traber (who writes for the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin).

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