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. --Gramophone - Sept 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 Independent on Sunday - Aug 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 Observer - Aug 2012
About the Artist
In the past decade Iván Fischer has emerged as one of the most distinctive Mahler conductors, with the Budapest festival Orchestra through his recordings of symphonies 2, 4 & 6, and astonishing live performances of No.3. All of his Mahler recordings for Channel Classics have been critically praised and No.2 won the 2008 Gramophone Editor's Choice Award.