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Mahler Symphony no. 3

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Mahler

SKU: 38817

Year of release: 2017

1. Kräftig Entschieden Mahler 33:14
2. Tempo di Menuetto Mahler 10:14
3. Comodo, Scherzando Mahler 18:31
4. Sehr Langsam Mahler 08:15
5. Lustig im Tempo Mahler 04:02
6. Langsam. Ruhevoll Mahler 21:31

About this album

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

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Reviews

De Gelderlander

Die [Iván Fischer en zijn Budapest Festival Orchestra] sleurt de luisteraar genadeloos langs alle hoogten en diepten van de partituur. De opeenvolging van optimaal uitgewerkte contrasten en de onvoorwaardelijke interpretatie van het totaal geven je nauwelijks kans om bij te komen. Een belangrijk pluspunt nog tot slot: de uitmuntende opnamekwaliteit. Met dank aan Jared Sacks die in het Paleis van de Kunsten in Budapest weer duidelijk maakt dat hij zelfs de meest complexe klanken met raffinement en realistisch kan vastleggen.

The Times

Beyond that technical glow and finesse, Fischer supplies something more elusive: a relaxed grasp of the symphony's swings, roundabouts and clashing moods. (...) Our conductor almost seems as wide-eyed as Mahler, letting everything in the world fall into place, from ominous funeral march to gracious minuet, from Pan's awakening to God's love, serenely celebrated in the final lingering adagio, beautifully played here. (...) I rest my case with a smile on my face: this is the best of Fischer's Mahler cycle so far.

Gramophone [Editor's Choice - June 2017]

Here for once is a Mahler symphony release that feels different from the outset.(...) I doubt whether there has ever been a more precisely focused, more sheerly beautiful recording of any Mahler work. (...) Reluctant to parade its roughest edges and disinclined to hurry, Fischer instead elicits a range of pristine, jewel-like colour that leaves its fabric refreshed. (...) This Third is a must-have.

Musical Toronto

(…) the Budapest Festival Orchestraare,as ever, full of character and guile.

The Arts Desk

And what a finale: Fischer's flowing speeds avoiding any hint of bombast, the final cadence unforced and radiant. Everyone needs multiple recordings of this symphony. Add this new one to the pile.

Opus Klassiek

(…) een als geheel toch erg mooie interpretatie die je steeds opnieuw wil horen.

Pizzicato

Ivan Fischer’s Third Mahler is overwhelming. (...) A truly superb recording!

Audiophile Magazine, Italy

a challenging account of this masterwork that should be heard (...) Clarity and definition are superb, which is very important given Fischer’s penchant for elucidating and clarifying instrumental lines and even in extended forte passages each section of the orchestra can still be heard. Very importantly unlike any other form of digital sound DSD256 almost approaches analogue in its ability to capture instrumental timbres and there is a palpable sense of presence.

Classics Today

A Great New Mahler Third From Fischer & Co. "Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra deliver the goods"... "Here is an account of the finale that never lets down the show, and it’s impossible to exaggerate just how impressive an achievement that is."... Channel Classics’ sonics are typical of this source: warm, well balanced, in an ample acoustic that swallows some of the higher frequencies (glockenspiel, triangle, piccolo) but flatters the strings and copes ideally with the larger climaxes. Fischer’s Mahler hasn’t all been equally great, but when he’s on, as here, he has few peers today.

Financial Times

admire its restraint, its eloquence, its distinctive voice

HRAudio.net

(…) this latest release of Mahler's mighty 3rd Symphony, recorded in September 2016, will further cement his reputation as one of the most charismatic Mahler conductors of our time. Finally it is the superb state-of-the-art sound quality achieved by Jared Sacks in the fine acoustic of the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Palace of Arts, Budapest. The 5.0 channel DSD recording providing almost unrivalled realism, clarity and impact to the music – essential in Mahler.

Amazon Customer Review

A glorious achievement, certainly the jewel in the Fischer/ Budapest crown, and not just recommended-but demanded to be heard! 5 Glorious Stars, Stewart Crowe.

Noordhollands Dagblad

Luister maar naar de nieuwe cd in hun imposante reeks Mahler-opnamen. (...) In de noten van Mahler laat Fischer Gods stem horen.

BBC Music Magazine

Always alive, always interesting, vivid in sound

musicweb-international [Recording of the Month - May 2017]

I’ve not been lucky with recordings of this symphony in recent years, so the unfolding loveliness of this performance is cause for celebration. How beguiling those Wunderhorn tunes, and how honestly shaped those simple phrases; indeed, how refreshing his view of this opener as a whole. Not since Levine and Abbado have I heard the closing bars sound so exhilarating. As for the playing – disciplined, weighty and with necessary heft when it matters most – it simply confirms the BFO as one of the world’s truly great ensembles. Without question, the finest instalment in Fischer’s Mahler cycle to date; and what breathtaking sound. Romberger sounding exceptionally full and rounded in her solo. The BFO percussion are also uncommonly well rendered, but then everything about Channel’s recordings speaks of the highest musical and technical values.

HRAudio.net

Those who have enjoyed Fischer's earlier Mahler recordings will need no urging to acquire this one. In both musical and sonic terms it provides a further criterion for past and future recordings of this symphony. (...) Finally it is the superb state-of-the-art sound quality achieved by Jared Sacks in the fine acoustic of the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Palace of Arts, Budapest. The 5.0 channel DSD recording providing almost unrivalled realism, clarity and impact to the music – essential in Mahler. (...)

Technical Specifications

SpeakersGrimm LS1
Digital To Analog ConverterPyramix
Mastering EquimentPyramix
Mastering EngineerThe recording was originally digitized using the Grimm AD1, which operates at DSD64. The original session tracks were edited and rebalanced (which meant going through the mixer) in the only available format for that purpose; the Pyramix 352.8KHz/24bit PCM (DXD). Prior to the advent of direct digital delivery, the next step in the production process from 352.8KHz/24bit PCM would be the DSD64 edited master for SACD production. What we have done now is also make a direct conversion to DSD128 and DSD256 from that original DXD edited master, without going through any interim processing steps. Those DXD to DSD conversions are not up-samplings, as they would be going from one PCM sampling rate to another, for they are different encoding systems. PCM is a digital value sample based system, and DSD is a digital bit density modulated system. Conversion from any PCM sample rate to any DSD bit rate system is a remodulation, not an up-sampling. We feel there is an audio advantage to this process in using the original files so we give you the choice and you can decide. Jared Sacks
CablesVan den Hul
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis custommade
MicrophonesBruael & Kyaer, Schoeps
Recording FormatDSD64
Analog To Digital ConverterGrimm AD 64fs
Recording DateMarch 2016
Recording LocationBudapest, Hungary
EditingJared Sacks
Recording EngineerJared Sacks
ProducerJared Sacks