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Mahler: Symphony No.6 – Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (2005) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Mahler: Symphony No.6 – Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (2005)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:18:40 minutes | 2,27 GB | Genre: Classical
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Fischer’s performance of the Sixth is quite similar to Abbado’s recent live recording for DG. Textures are generally light and transparent, with a swift opening march that, by the same token, never sounds unduly rushed or trivialized. The andante comes second, not the best option in my view, but Fischer has the intelligence to treat it as a true andante, and not as an adagio (which is a more legitimate possibility when it’s placed third). However, in contrast to Abbado’s boring Berliners, Fischer’s orchestra plays better, and he’s much better recorded. Just listen to the characterful brass in the coda of the first movement, with a particularly fine first trumpet, or the splendid woodwinds in the trios of the scherzo. The emphasis on fleetness never compromises expressivity, as happens in Berlin.

Track List

Symphony No. 6 in A minor (“Tragic”)
1. Allegro energico, ma non troppo
2. Andante moderato
3. Scherzo: Wuchtig
4. Finale; Allegro moderato

Budapest Festival Orchestra
Ivan Fischer – conductor


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