Iván Fischer

Biography

Born: January 20, 1951; Budapest, Hungary  
One of the most prominent Hungarian conductors of his generation, Ivan Fischer has established a reputation in both Hungarian and Baroque music. His interpretations of works by Liszt, Bartók, and Kodály have achieved international acclaim, and his readings of Hungarian-inspired works, like the Brahms Hungarian Dances (in Fischer's own orchestration), have also received high praise. Yet Fischer's choice of repertory is fairly broad, taking in Read more works by Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, Wagner, Debussy, Rachmaninov, Ravel, and many others out of the Hungarian sphere. In the Baroque realm Fischer has garnered international plaudits for his J.S. Bach interpretations: the 2006 Budapest Festival performances of the Mass in B minor (BWV 232) and March 2008 concerts with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw of the St. Matthew Passion were both unqualified successes. Fischer has conducted some of the world's leading orchestras and led many opera performances at major venues, like the Vienna State Opera, where his Mozart productions have received much acclaim. Fischer has made numerous recordings over the years for various labels, including Hungaraton, Philips, Decca, Warner Classics, Sony, and many others.

Ivan Fischer was born in Budapest, Hungary, on January 20, 1951. His brother, Adam, is also a renowned conductor. In his youth Ivan studied piano, violin, and cello, though when he enrolled at the Bela Bartók Conservatory in Budapest, it was for study of the cello and conducting. Fischer took further lessons in conducting, first in Vienna with Hans Swarowsky (1971-1974), then in Salzburg with Nikolaus Harnoncourt (1975), who instructed him in Baroque music interpretation.

After Fischer's first prize in conducting at the 1976 Rupert Foundation Competition in London, he appeared regularly in England conducting major orchestras, including the London and BBC Symphony Orchestras. He also made his debut in 1976 at the Zurich Opera. 1983 was another pivotal year for Fischer: he both made his American debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra, an ensemble for which he still serves as music director.

From 1988 Fischer served six seasons as guest conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In 1995 he signed on to an exclusive contract with the Philips label, but then began recording for Channel Classics in 2004. From 2000-2003 Fischer was music director of the National Opera of Lyon. In the fall of 2008 he took the podium as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, serving through the 2009-2010 season. Read less

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Biography

Born: January 20, 1951; Budapest, Hungary  
One of the most prominent Hungarian conductors of his generation, Ivan Fischer has established a reputation in both Hungarian and Baroque music. His interpretations of works by Liszt, Bartók, and Kodály have achieved international acclaim, and his readings of Hungarian-inspired works, like the Brahms Hungarian Dances (in Fischer's own orchestration), have also received high praise. Yet Fischer's choice of repertory is fairly broad, taking in Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Andante sostenuto
II. Allegro giocoso
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante tranquillo
III. Allegro molto (second version)
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.1 in F minor, S.359 No.1 (Corresponds with piano version no. 14 in F minor) - Orch. Liszt/Doppler
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in D minor, S.359 No.2 (Corresponds with piano version no. 2 in C sharp minor) - Orch. Doppler
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.3 in D, S.359 No.3 (Corresponds with piano version no. 6 in D flat) - Orch. Liszt/Doppler
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.4 in D minor, S.359 No.4 (Corresponds piano version no. 12 in C sharp minor) - Orch. Liszt
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.5 in E minor, S.359 No.5 (Corresponds with piano version no. 5 in E minor) - Orch. Liszt
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 in D, S.359 No.6 (Corresponds with piano version no. 9 in E flat) - Orch. Liszt
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30 - 1. Allegro ma non tanto
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30 - 2. Intermezzo (Adagio)
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30 - 3. Finale (Alla breve)
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116 - 1. Introduzione (Andante non troppo - Allegro vivace
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116 - 2. Giuoco della coppie (Allegretto scherzando)
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116 - 3. Elegia (Andante, non troppo)
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116 - 4. Intermezzo interrotto (Allegretto)
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116 - 5. Finale (Pesante - Presto)
Bartók: Hungarian Peasant Songs for Orchestra, Sz.100 - Ballade
Bartók: Hungarian Peasant Songs for Orchestra, Sz.100 - Hungarian Peasant Dances
Bartók: Hungarian Sketches, Sz. 97 - 1. An Evening in the Village
Bartók: Hungarian Sketches, Sz. 97 - 2. Bear Melody
Bartók: Hungarian Sketches, Sz. 97 - 3. Melody
Bartók: Hungarian Sketches, Sz. 97 - 4. Slightly Tipsy
Bartók: Hungarian Sketches, Sz. 97 - 5. Swineherd's Dance
Bartók: Roumanian Folk Dances for Orchestra, Sz. 68 - 1. Stick Dance (from Mezöszabad)
Bartók: Roumanian Folk Dances for Orchestra, Sz. 68 - 2. Sash Dance (from Egres)
Bartók: Roumanian Folk Dances for Orchestra, Sz. 68 - 3. In One Spot (from Egres)
Bartók: Roumanian Folk Dances for Orchestra, Sz. 68 - 4. Horn Dance (from Bisztra)
Bartók: Roumanian Folk Dances for Orchestra, Sz. 68 - 5. Roumanian Polka (from Belényes)
Bartók: Roumanian Folk Dances for Orchestra, Sz. 68 - 6. Fast Dance (from Belényes)
Bartók: Roumanian Folk Dances for Orchestra, Sz. 68 - 7. Fast Dance (from Nyágra)
Bartók: Transylvanian Dances for Orchestra, Sz.96 - 1. Allegretto
Bartók: Transylvanian Dances for Orchestra, Sz.96 - 2. Moderato
Bartók: Transylvanian Dances for Orchestra, Sz.96 - 3. Allegro vivace
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Allegro: Introduction
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Moderato: First Decoy Game
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Second Decoy Game
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Sostenuto: Third Decoy Game
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Maestoso: The Mandarin Enters
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Allegro: The Girl Sinks Down to Embrace Him
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Sempre Vivo: The Tramps Leap Out
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Adagio: Suddenly the Mandarin's Head Appears
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Agitato: Again, the Frightened Tramps Discuss How To Eliminate the Mandarin
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Molto Moderato: The Body of the Mandarin Begins to Glow With a Greenish Blue Light
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin, BB 82, Sz. 73 (Op.19) - Piů Mosso: The Mandarin Falls On the Floor
Bartók: Dance Suite, Sz. 77 - 1. Moderato
Bartók: Dance Suite, Sz. 77 - 2. Allegro molto
Bartók: Dance Suite, Sz. 77 - 3. Allegro vivace
Bartók: Dance Suite, Sz. 77 - 4. Molto tranquillo
Bartók: Dance Suite, Sz. 77 - 5. Comodo
Bartók: Dance Suite, Sz. 77 - 6. Finale (Allegro)
1. Allegramente
2. Adagio assai
3. Presto
1. Lento
2. Allegro
3. Tempo I
No.1 in C (Presto)
No.2 in E minor (Allegretto scherzando)
No.3 in A flat (Poco allegro)
No.4 in F (Tempo di minuetto)
No.5 in A (Allegro vivace)
No.6 in D (Allegretto scherzando)
No.7 in C minor (Allegro assai)
No.8 in G minor (Presto)
No.1 in B (Molto vivace)
No.2 in E minor (Allegretto grazioso)
No.3 in F (Allegro)
No.4 in D flat (Allegretto grazioso)
No.5 in B flat minor (Poco adagio)
No.6 in B flat (Moderato, quasi minuetto)
No.7 in C (Allegro vivace)
No.8 in A flat (Lento grazioso, ma non troppo, quasi tempo di valse)
1. Allegro ma non troppo - Quasi moderato
2. Adagio, ma non troppo
3. Finale (Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo)
Hungarian Dance No.1 in G Minor, WoO 1
Hungarian Dance No.2 in D minor - Orchestrated by Iván Fischer
Hungarian Dance No.3 in F - Orchestrated by Brahms
Hungarian Dance No.4 in F sharp minor - Orchestrated by Iván Fischer
Hungarian Dance No.5 in G minor - Orchestrated by Iván Fischer
Hungarian Dance No.6 in D flat - Orchestrated by Albert Parlow
Hungarian Dance No.7 in F Hungarian Dance No. 7 in A - Orchestrated by Iván Fischer
Hungarian Dance No.8 in A minor - Orchestrated by R. Schollum
Hungarian Dance No.9 in E minor - Orchestrated by R. Schollum
Hungarian Dance No.10 in F - Orchestrated by Brahms
Hungarian Dance No.11 in D minor - Orchestrated by Iván Fischer
Hungarian Dance No.12 in D minor - Orchestrated by Iván Fischer
Hungarian Dance No.13 in D - Orchestrated by Iván Fischer
Hungarian Dance No.14 in D minor - Orchestrated by Iván Fischer
Hungarian Dance No.15 in B flat - Orchestrated by Frigyes Hidas
Hungarian Dance No.16 in F minor - Orchestrated by Albert Parlow
Hungarian Dance No.17 in F sharp minor - Orchestrated by Frigyes Hidas
Hungarian Dance No.18 in D - Orchestrated by Frigyes Hidas
Hungarian Dance No.19 in B minor - Orchestrated by Antonín Dvorák
Hungarian Dance No.20 in E minor - Orchestrated by Antonín Dvorák
Hungarian Dance No.21 in E minor - Orchestrated by Antonín Dvorák
Prelude; the fairy tale begins
Viennese musical clock
Song
The battle and defeat of Napoleon
Intermezzo
Entrance of the emperor and his court
Ballade
Hungarian Peasant Dances
1. An Evening in the Village
2. Bear Melody
3. Melody
4. Slightly Tipsy
5. Swineherd's Dance
1. Stick Dance (from Mezöszabad)
2. Sash Dance (from Egres)
3. In One Spot (from Egres)
4. Horn Dance (from Bisztra)
5. Roumanian Polka (from Belényes)
6. Fast Dance (from Belényes)
7. Fast Dance (from Nyágra)
1. Allegretto
2. Moderato
3. Allegro vivace
Allegro: Introduction
Moderato: First Decoy Game
Second Decoy Game
Sostenuto: Third Decoy Game
Maestoso: The Mandarin Enters
Allegro: The Girl Sinks Down to Embrace Him
Sempre Vivo: The Tramps Leap Out
Adagio: Suddenly the Mandarin's Head Appears
Agitato: Again, the Frightened Tramps Discuss How To Eliminate the Mandarin
Molto Moderato: The Body of the Mandarin Begins to Glow With a Greenish Blue Light
Piů Mosso: The Mandarin Falls On the Floor
Hungarian Rhapsody No.1 in F minor, S.359 No.1 (Corresponds with piano version no. 14 in F minor) - Orch. Liszt/Doppler
Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 in D minor, S.359 No.2 (Corresponds with piano version no. 2 in C sharp minor) - Orch. Doppler
Hungarian Rhapsody No.3 in D, S.359 No.3 (Corresponds with piano version no. 6 in D flat) - Orch. Liszt/Doppler
Hungarian Rhapsody No.4 in D minor, S.359 No.4 (Corresponds piano version no. 12 in C sharp minor) - Orch. Liszt
Hungarian Rhapsody No.5 in E minor, S.359 No.5 (Corresponds with piano version no. 5 in E minor) - Orch. Liszt
Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 in D, S.359 No.6 (Corresponds with piano version no. 9 in E flat) - Orch. Liszt


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