Label: Channel Classics
Budapest Festival Orchestra; Ivan Fischer, conductor with Miah Persson, soprano
Gramophone Award Finalist - Orchestral 2009
A Different Orchestra for Mahler 4!
There is a unique purity and transparency in Mahler’s 4th Symphony. The enchanting sleigh bells take us to his inner child, to his dreams of angels, fairy tales, angst and pure, divine love. This child-like symphony needed a different orchestra: no dark tuba, no heavy trombones, no large arsenal of massive brass. A chamber orchestra in fact, where the clarinets act as mock trumpets, the solo violin tunes his strings sharper in order to scare us and the lightness of the whole orchestra lifts us up to his lovely, childish vision of paradise.
Swedish soprano Miah Persson is in great demand with the major opera houses and orchestras of the world.
Conductor Iván Fischer, a nominee for the 2008 Classic FM Gramophone Award for Artist of the Year, co-founder and Music Director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, has been responsible for creating a vibrant orchestra with an enviable international touring profile which appears at all the major venues and festivals of the world. As a guest conductor Fischer works with the finest symphony orchestras of the world. He has been invited to the Berlin Philharmonic more than ten times, he leads every year two weeks of programs with the Royal Concert - gebouw Orchestra. Besides his contract with the NSO of Washington, he works regularly
with leading US symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra.