Notes and Editorial Reviews
This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
This is one of those magnificent performances, typical of Ivan Fischer, that offer so much. Some will take from it a sense of elegance and sweetness. For me it's the detail — the concentration of every moment in the strings, for instance. You can almost focus on a different instrument for each listening and experience different yet satisfying musical journeys, as it were. Marvelous music-making.
— James Inverne, Gramophone [September 2010]
A refined and individual Seventh
Ivan Fischer is truly 'one on his own', a fund of
fascinating interpretative ideas which, whether or not you always agree with them, invariably make musical sense. On this new version of Dvorak's Seventh Symphony, for example, the way he 'lifts' the transition into the second subject, with string lines that positively bulge nectar. The second subject itself is light and easy-going (beautiful horn playing) whereas the development section ebbs and flows despite the uneasy climate, much as it should. Just follow its course from say 4'22'' through 6'47'', then for half a minute or so beyond 7'01'', and you soon realize that here we have players who, under inspired and imaginative direction, know how to shape phrases and how to control and project dynamics. Sir Charles Mackerras on his recent 'live' Philharmonia recording (Signum, 4/10) captures just as much of this first movement's elemental storm and stress — the ever-volatile Kubelik in his DG Berlin recording is even more riveting — but Fischer's consistent coaxing provides a more temperate alternative. Similarly, the Poco adagio enjoys some superb playing (gorgeous horns again at around 2'40'') and note the unexpected Mahlerian string portamento at the movement's close.
The Scherzo's high point is an expressive but seamless transition into the Trio (always a tricky moment) and an energetic rocket ride back again. The finale is very well judged, excitingly played too, and it was a good idea to follow the ultimately exultant Seventh Symphony with a flowing, genial account of the still to rarely played American Suite, a dance sequence that's an ideal bedfellow, repertoire wise, for the Slavonic Dances and Legends. Competition here isn't too strong and although I retain a fondness for Karel Sejna's broader, grittier Czech Philharmonic account, I love the gutsy cut and thrust of the vintage Czech strings in the finale, many will prefer Fischer's refinement and polish.... [M]andatory listening for anyone interested in Dvorak and the best of his modern interpreters.
— Rob Cowan, Gramophone
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 7 in D minor, Op. 70/B 141 by Antonín Dvorák
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Written: 1884-1885; Bohemia
Suite for Orchestra in A major, Op. 98b/B 190 "American" by Antonín Dvorák
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Written: 1895; USA
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