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Fischer Iván

The word “Russian” nicely sums up the Budapest Festival Orchestra’s recent programme. The orchestra gave a concert on 26 January 2014 in the Millenáris Park, and on 27-28 January at the Palace of Arts. The concerts featured three pieces by three different Russian composers and one Russian pianist during one performance. I attended the concerts at the Palace of Arts.

The concert audience was enthusiastic and cheerful. Iván Fischer – as usual – introduced the first piece entitled Polovtsian Dances by Borodin with a glowing recommendation. Much to the audience’s amusement, the eccentrically named Prince Igor Svyatoslavich was mentioned at least ten times. In the course of the music, dancers aim to cheer up sad Prince Igor Svyatoslavich in captivity. (And they succeed.) Critics could deftly twist it from its purpose, and say that the piece reached a contrasting objective this time: it depressed the audience. But this, based on the performance of the BFO, was out of the question. We felt poor Prince Igor Svyatoslavich’s pleasure. Monumental sound, enormous apparatus, beautiful melodies, professional performance.


For the full review, please click on the Fidelio.hu website