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Another fine recording from this remarkable conductor and orchestra...,
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This review is from: Symphony No. 5 (sacd,plays on all cd players) (Audio CD)
I've been following this cycle since it started and have found that each issue simply gets better and better. Fischer and the Budapest Festival breathe new life into a work that has, let's face it, become a bit of a warhorse of the repertoire. I've listened to it twice since it popped through my door this morning and I've listened at a very 'realistic' volume! ( I'm on holiday this week and the neighbours are all at work!) The detail is very good indeed and, yes, it fulfils my acid test of revealing aspects of the work I've not noticed before. The bass line is very resonant and has my sub-woofer purring away nicely as indeed do my Quad ESL 63's in response to the many layered aspects of Mahler's complex score.
It's tricky to talk about 'tempi' with regard to Mahler, since there is hardly ever a phrase without some detail of movement prescribed and any misjudgement on the part of the conductor can have a knock-on effect further down the page. Fischer gets all the required effects without falling into traps that the less wary can. This is amply demonstrated in the Adagietto where Fischer doesn't use the 'sehr langsam' instruction as an invitation to wallow. (I was going to write 'a la Bernstein. But he could pull it off!)
All in all, a wonderful addition to the artist's discography as well as the unstoppable force of Mahler symphony recordings. Just superb.
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Initial post: 29 Nov 2013 00:26:25 GMT
D. S. CROWE says:
I'm afraid that we are not of the same mind on this one, but I am glad that you enjoy it more than I.The playing and recording certainly are of the highest order, but that's where it ends for me. I don't think it's awful, but neither do I think it's great as an interpretation. On to the next one! Best Regards as ever, Stewart .
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2013 16:28:37 GMT
Robert Roy says:
Hi Stewart. We were lucky enough to hear the performance at the Edinburgh Festival before it was recorded. I really like Fischer and his orchestra and have heard them many times
I do like this performance and, for me, it evokes happy memories. I'm really sorry you're not so keen on it but that's one of the interesting things about music.
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