Budapest Festival Orchestra

Biography

Active: 1983 - ; Budapest, Hungary
In 1983, conductor Iván Fischer and pianist Zoltán Kocsis created this new orchestra that soon became internationally acclaimed. By 1992, the organization had become the permanent orchestra of Budapest. The Budapest Festival Orchestra has appeared at leading music festivals throughout the world (Salzburg, Lucerne, Paris, London, Bruxelles, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, etc.) and has performed at such renowned concert halls as the Viennese Read more Musikvereinsaal and Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Its wide-ranging repetoire includes music from the Classical, early and late Romantic, Impressionist, and Modern periods, with vivid interpretations of modern Hungarian composers such as Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály, and György Kurtág. Guest artists regularly appearing with the B.F.O. include Georg Solti, Sándor Végh, Yehudi Menuhin, Gidon Kremer, András Schiff, Eliahu Inbal, Kurt Sanderling, Marek Janowski, Agnes Baltsa, Pinchas Steinberg, David Zinman, and many others. The orchestra has also participated in several opera projects, including Mozart's Cosě fan tutte in 1992 and Idomeneo in 1993, Turco in Italia and Orfeo ed Euridice in 1996. In 1995, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bartók's death, the orchestra created a cycle of three concerts of the composer's works that was performed in Budapest, New York, Paris, Cologne, Frankfurt, and Brussels. The B.F.O. also presents a chamber music concert series, a Baroque festival every summer, and concerts for children. The B.F.O. also maintains a post-graduate orchestral academy for young musicians. Read less
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  • 1.
    Bartok: Complete Works
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002459502 Release Date: 03/25/2016   Number of Discs: 32
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Erich Binder,  Zoltán Kocsis,  Viktoria Mullova,  Gil Shaham  ... 
    Conductor:  Gyorgy Lehel,  Iván Fischer,  Antal Doráti,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra,  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Detroit Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Mahler: Symphony No 9 / Fischer, Budapest Festival
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 36115 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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    Brahms: Symphony No 2... / Fischer, Budapest Festival
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 33514 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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    Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 / Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 33714 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Slavonic Dances / Ivan Fischer, Budapest Festival [Blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001993446 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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    Mahler: Symphony No. 5 / Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 34213 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Bartok: Violin Concertos / Zehetmair, Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9436 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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    Wagner: Gotterdammerung; Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg; Siegfried-idyll
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 32713 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Petra Lang
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Solti Conducts Bartok
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001746002 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Leó Weiner,  Zoltán Kodály
    Performer:  Alexandru Agache,  Tamás Daróczy,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Kyung-Wha Chung  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra Strings,  Hungarian Radio/TV Chorus  ... 
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    Mahler: Symphony No 1
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 33112 Release Date: 09/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Firebird Suite / Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 32112 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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    Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle / Fischer, Polgar, Komlosi, Budapest Festival Orchestra
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 90311 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  László Polgár,  Ildiko Komlósi
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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    The 20th Century Piano Concerto Vol 1 - Prokofiev, Falla, Gershwin, Bartok, Stravinsky, Ravel
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462859 Release Date: 01/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Manuel de Falla,  George Gershwin,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Byron Janis,  Clara Haskil,  Eugene List,  Stephen Kovacevich  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Igor Markevitch,  Howard Hanson,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra,  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven: Symphonies No 4 & 6 / Ivan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 30710 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Slavonic Dances Op 46 & 72 / Ivan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 90210 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Symphonies No 8 & 9 / Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 90110 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Symphony No 7, Suite In A Major / Ivan Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 30010 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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    Brahms: Symphony No 1, Variations On A Theme By Haydn, Etc / Fischer, Et Al
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 28309 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos K 413, 453, 459 / Kocsis, Budapest Festival
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456577 Release Date: 06/19/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis
    Conductor:  Zoltán Kocsis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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    Liszt: Faust Symphony / Blochwitz, Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 454460 Release Date: 05/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Hans-Peter Blochwitz
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Piano Concertos / Fischer, Goode, Budapest Festival Orchestra
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 480508 Release Date: 05/05/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Richard Goode
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Mahler: Symphony No 4 / Persson, Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 26109 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Miah Persson
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Bartók: Early Works For Piano And Orchestra / Zoltán Kocsis
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446472 Release Date: 03/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ernö von Dohnányi
    Performer:  Zoltán Kocsis
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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    Rossini: Instrumental Music / Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 27708 Release Date: 01/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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