Gramophone Recording of the Month
(...) Here and everywhere it's a performance full of first-time wonder in which the natural Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra relish Mahler's pathos and bathos, with an account that is not just beautiful but intensely moving symbiosis between Fischer and his players completely transcends the painstaking preparation that will have gone into the making of it. (...)
Financial Times 4 Stars
(...) Every phrase, every note, every dot and dash of their performances is polished till it shines. Put a great, panoramic Mahler symphony in front of them and the result is a kaleidoscope of previously unnoticed detail. (...) this is a Mahler Seven that stands apart from the competition. (...)
KZ April 2019
Iván Fischer heeft zijn Budapest Festival Orchestra in korte tijd naar de wereldtop geleid. (...)Het orkest doet het allemaal perfect uit de doeken met fijn gedoseerde schakeringen in klank en sfeer. Ook de emotionele zeggingskracht is zorgvuldig afgewogen (...)
Musicweb International Recommended Recording
(...) Iván follows his revitalising Third with a similarly talented Seventh; as before, the engineering is first rate. (...) Iván's first movement is spaciously conceived, with a full-fat tenorhorn, alert phrasing and a pleasing sense of purpose. His strikes me as a considered approach, in every sense of the word, but that's not so suggest it's without nuance or character. Some may prefer a freer, more seamless line, but at least there's no shortage of ear-pricking incident. Hein Dekker and Jared Sacks's judiciously balanced, 'hear through' recording is a great asset in this respect, Mahler's smaller, easy-to-miss epiphanies beautifully caught. As for the playing, it's beyond reproach, with ravishing harps and well-blended Wagnerian brass. Iván's opener also seems darker than some, but then, like Gielen, he doesn't shrink from the music's equivocations; in short,, he forges a much tougher, more absorbing narrative here than most. (...)
BBC Radio 3
... teaming with detail ... every phrase moulded with care ... each emotional nuance embraced with affection ... a rare sense of impetuous spontaneity ... he makes me love it as much as he says he does ... superb recording ... which you ought to sample in surround ...
(...) Ivan Fischer takes a close look at the diversity of Mahler’s Seventh Symphony, and not the least due to the excellent playing of his Budapest Festival Orchestra, this is a strong account of the work. The recorded surround sound is excellent.
The Guardian, The Observer
Iván Fischer, conducting his Budapest Festival Orchestra (Channel Classics), is an eloquent champion, celebrating the work’s eclecticism – cow bells, courtly dances, folk song – in a blaze of aural invention. His players, as ever, are lithe, spirited, virtuosic. Watch the documentary Fischer made with the BFO to get a sense of his commitment to every nuance and accent, and to the multiplicity of styles found in this expansive work.
Crescendo Mag Be 4 x ten
(...) Mahlérien émérite à la tête d’un orchestre d’élite, Ivan Fischer construit à un rythme lent une intégrale qui fait date. (...) Les deux “Nachtmusik” sont idéales de fraîcheurs : les somptuosités mélodiques font face à une masse instrumentale allégée et ici foncièrement chambriste. Dans les mouvements extrêmes, la force de la direction d’Ivan Fischer est de renforcer le nerf de cette musique avec énergie et sens narratif. (...) Son 10 – Livret 10 – Répertoire 10 – Interprétation 10
(…) All things considered, I am inclined to endorse Ivan Fischer’s new release as the best Mahler 7th on record.
Fischer plays slow and loose with his tempi, sometimes extending the low brass to lip-bursting point, but he treats the symphony as a story to be told and what comes over is a vivid account of an artist’s life, errors and all. Unlike other maestros, he does not try to improve Mahler. If some of the composer’s decisions are questionable, so be it. The Budapest Festival Orchestra are fabulously flexible, joining in what feels like a voyage of discovery, a walk on a rickety bridge above a croc-infested creek. Strong stuff.
(...) Iván Fischer’s love for Mahler's music comes through so strongly that his conducting sweeps you away. Jared Sacks' engineering is, as always, superb. The silence and clarity of the high-resolution DSD format convincingly conveys the depth and breadth of Budapest's Palace of Arts and the sheer force of the orchestra. The big climaxes—there's also one at the end of the first movement—are thrilling. This is a wonderful recording.
(...) From the opening bars of the 1st movement it is clear that we are to be guided though this ‘darkness to light’ symphony by capable hands. (...) The movement’s striking central section (from 8.50) with its soft trumpet fanfares and woodwind cries is performed with all the fantasy and imagination one could wish for and delineated by orchestral playing of the utmost sensitivity.(...) an outstandingly realistic recording. The sound is miraculously detailed yet possesses a remarkable tonal warmth and coherence that places it above most of the considerable competition available in high resolution versions of this work. (...) The present issue deserves the highest recommendation for both performance and sound quality. There can be little doubt that, for many, it will be the top choice for a recording of this symphony.