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Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer - Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer - Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 95:45 minutes | 1.85 GB
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I love the whole symphony but from the second movement two favorite moments, two details, spring to mind. First, the recapitulation when the solo violin takes flight, like a buzzing bee around a flower, and then accidentally finds itself in a wonderful modulation to E major. The second is the ending. The flowers, that move and dance elegantly against the wind, suddenly expose their Tristan-like soul. From the vast first movement I would choose the huge, yawning creature’s (Pan’s?) first appearance. Conducting the Scherzo I am always carried away by the inserted episodes which interrupt the post horn – first by a group of baroque birds, then rococo ones flying up from the pages of a Mozart piano concerto. What an ingenious and unpredictable use of different styles! Finally, the endless melody of the last movement moves me every time with its intimate beauty and honesty. There is something divine in the wealth of this great masterpiece. Iván Fischer
Budapest Festival Orch, Iván Fischer - Brahms: Symphony No. 2 (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Budapest Festival Orch, Iván Fischer - Brahms: Symphony No. 2 (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 68:20 minutes | 2.02 GB
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Ivan Fischer’s follow up to his rapturously received recording of Brahms’ Symphony No.1 in 2009 – “monumental in every sense of the word…Outstanding.” as Andrew Clements in The Guardian put it.
Budapest Festival Orch, Ivan Fischer - Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (2009) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Budapest Festival Orch, Ivan Fischer - Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (2009)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 67:20 minutes | 2.75 GB
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Brahms never made a secret of the inspiration he drew from the Beethoven symphonies, but before he published his first symphony - inspired by Beethoven's fifth and ninth - he had struggled for no less than fourteen years with it. In the meantime he wrote many more pieces and his Variations on a theme by Haydn are considered to be a preliminary exercise before venturing on to the first symphony. The opening piece of this recording, the Hungarian Dance No. 14, goes back to Brahms as a young cafe pianist, when he and his father earned a bit on the side in bars in the red-light district of Hamburg and where he first heard Hungarian gipsy music. It was this experience that gave birth to Brahms' lifelong attachment to and admiration for this rich folk music style.
Budapest Festival Orch & Ivan Fischer - Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

Alise Weilerstein - Dvorak: Cello Concerto (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 56:42 minutes | 1.63 GB
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In his time, Bruckner was understood and admired only within a small circle, a handful of advocates of his music, both pupils and Wagnerites. As Bruckner worked on the Adagio, the emotional heart of the Seventh Symphony, he heard news of the death of his idol Richard Wagner, and instantly decided to dedicate it to his remembrance.
Budapest Festival Orchestra / Ivan Fischer - Dvorak: Symphonies 8 & 9 (2010) [SACD ISO+HiRes FLAC]

Budapest Festival Orchestra / Ivan Fischer - Dvorak: Symphonies 8 & 9 (2010)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & DST64 5.0 >1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Digital Booklet | 4.24GB + 5% Recovery
FLAC tracks 2.0 24bit/88.2 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.42GB + 5% Recovery

As orchestras and conductors have been demonstrating for more than a century, you don't have to be Bohemian to play Dvorák. All you need is profound musicality, a deep love of life, and an overwhelming urge to communicate. These are all qualities that Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra demonstrate in full in this 2000 Channel Classics recording of the composer's Eighth and Ninth symphonies. In these performances, one hears not only edge-of-the-chair excitement from the Hungarian musicians, one hears joy, happiness, and good old-fashioned fun. Listen to the rollicking horn trills in the Eighth's Finale, the thundering timpani in the Ninth's Scherzo; the interplay between winds, strings, and brass in the coda of the Eighth's Scherzo; the lush string tone in the Ninth's Largo; the headlong rush of the Eighth's opening Allegro con brio; or the awesome power of the Ninth's closing Allegro con fuoco.
Budapest Festival Orchestra - Budapest Live (200_) {Hybrid-SACD // ISO & FLAC}

Budapest Festival Orchestra - Budapest Live
Ivan Fischer presents his BFO and friends in an festive concert from Budapest
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 3,35 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,00 GB | Artwork
Label/Cat#: Philips - (Promo) | Country/Year: Europe 200_ | 5% Recovery Info
Genre: Classical | Style: Orchestra, Romantic
Budapest Festival Orchestra - Wagner: Die Meistersinger (2013) [SACD ISO+HiRes FLAC]

Budapest Festival Orchestra - Wagner: Die Meistersinger (2013)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & DST64 5.0 >1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Digital Booklet | 3.56GB + 5% Recovery
FLAC 2.0 24bit/88.2 kHz | Digital Booklet | 1.03GB + 5% Recovery

Performances of the music of Richard Wagner will for many be associated with Ivбn Fischer's elder brother Adam who has conducted complete Ring cycles at Bayreuth & in Budapest. Those, however, who follow the concert schedules of Ivбn Fischer & his phenomenally hard working Budapest Festival Orchestra will know that they have performed the Wagner programme featured on this SACD – or variations on it - to great acclaim in many of the major European cities over the past couple of years.
Mahler - Symphony no.4 (Ivan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra) (2009) {Channel Classics}

Mahler - Symphony no.4 (Ivan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra) (2009)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers | 190 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 140 mb
Classical, Symphony, Romantic | Label: Channel Classics ‎- CCS SA 26109

Fans of Gustav Mahler's joyous Symphony No. 4 in G major will relish this buoyant performance by Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, featuring soprano Miah Persson, for it is wholly in keeping with the light tone and merry spirit of the score and is as delightful as any other recording on the market.
Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer - Mahler: Symphony No.6 (2005) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer - Mahler: Symphony No.6 (2005)
FLAC tracks 24bit/192kHz | Front Cover | 2.27GB + 5% Recovery
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Fischer’s performance of the Sixth is quite similar to Abbado’s recent live recording for DG. Textures are generally light and transparent, with a swift opening march that, by the same token, never sounds unduly rushed or trivialized. The andante comes second, not the best option in my view, but Fischer has the intelligence to treat it as a true andante, and not as an adagio (which is a more legitimate possibility when it’s placed third). However, in contrast to Abbado’s boring Berliners, Fischer’s orchestra plays better, and he’s much better recorded. Just listen to the characterful brass in the coda of the first movement, with a particularly fine first trumpet, or the splendid woodwinds in the trios of the scherzo. The emphasis on fleetness never compromises expressivity, as happens in Berlin.
Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer - Mahler: Symphony No.2 (2006) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer - Mahler: Symphony No.2 (2006)
FLAC tracks 24bit/192kHz | Digital Booklet | 2.56GB + 5% Recovery
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This is Ivan Fischer’s second Mahler symphony for Channel Classics with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, his first being the Sixth recorded in February 2005. His opening to this Resurrection symphony, its hero’s Funeral Rites, is disciplined with touches of brusqueness in the brass. But as this is supposed to ask ‘Why did you live?’ I’m very aware of Fischer’s empathy for the visionary aspects of the movement, as if to answer ‘To experience all that’s lovely’.