Mahler: Symphony No. 4 Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import
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Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G Major
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Fischer has a way of making works come alive for me. His Rachmaninoff 2 made me finally appreciate a symphony I always felt was a bit schmaltzy. His Mahler 6 made me finally understand a work that had left me cold.
I can't comment on whether or not he follows Mahler's requests, I don't have the score. But it just sounds..."right". And the multi-channel SACD layer is the most realistic orchestral recording I've ever heard.
Finally I found the Mahler Fourth of my dreams. With all due respect to others who have had their say on this interpretation, I find nothing emotionally lightweight about it at all. The first movement reminds me of the powdered candy I used to pour from a long paper tube onto my tongue: it seemed intensely sweet at first blush but left the most surprisingly bitter aftertaste. I don't know where that wonderful aftertaste comes from but I think the sound of the orchestra has something to do with it. There's always a special treat to hearing Mahler played by an Eastern European ensemble, with its tart winds, and the Budapest Festival Orchestra here offer a wonderful anodyne to what I hear as the corporate blandness of so many better-known Symphonies and Philharmonics. My ear was constantly arrested by orchestral colors and turns of phrase that seemed different but intuitively "right.Read more ›
Unlike another review given here, I actually find Fischer rather congenial and, at times, "moody" sounding in the first three movements. A look at the timings will show you that he's no speed-demon early on. But the fourth movement is taken quicker than usual. Sound weird? Consider that both Mahler (his piano roll) and Bruno Walter were consistently timed just around 8 minutes for the vocal finale. One has to remember that the fourth movement isn't a cozy sounding aria designed to make an opera house soprano feel comfortable. Instead, it's a boy's view of heaven and, more to the point, the longing to finally "live" with plenty of food to eat, and plenty of excess time to actually enjoy being a lad with lots of excess energy. But even more to the point, is the fact that Miah Persson sounds positively ideal for such a role. In other words, she's convincing as a youthful lad.
In addition to all that, add on Channel Classics usual outstanding sonics - combined with Fischer's usual care for balances and phrasing (without dragging) and you've got yourself a first class winner. Too bad that that remastered Bernstein set looks so tempting though! (which also has a really good 4th).
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A thoughtful, personal interpretation with nothing bizarre about it, yet not like any other I've ever heard, and I've heard 80 or 90 Mahler Fourths. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by Donald Clarke
People who say this is the "best Mahler 4th they've ever heard" (usually a sign of a lazy listener anyway) have got to hear more Mahler 4ths (Klemperer, Szell, Walter, Haitink,... Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by The Man in the Hathaway Shirt
I've just listened to this recording and found it enchanting. Fischer observes Mahler's dynamic markings very carefully and a lot of them are ppp or pp. Read morePublished on June 21, 2012 by Gyges Three
Rarely would I regard a CD as being good enough to attract the adjective "perfect". This rendition of Mahler's Fourth Symphony is such a case. Read morePublished on November 9, 2010 by Ivor E. Zetler
I just want to put good word for this Ivan Fischer/Mahler 4th. No long review. I will let the others speak of how great this symphony is. Read morePublished on October 14, 2010 by Dmitri
I have the following Mahler 4th recordings (except this):
I... Read more
How much rehearsal time does Ivan Fischer get with his Budapest Festival Orchestra? I raise the question simply because his Mahler recordings show such infinite and loving... Read morePublished on September 8, 2010 by Klingsor Tristan
This is the best recording of a symphony I have ever heard. I think the performance is great as well, though I am not a scholar on the subject. Read morePublished on September 7, 2010 by e981