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Budapest Festival Orchestra, conductor Ivan Fischer

Mahler conducted the first performance of his debut symphony in Budapest. It was a notorious flop, but, in modern times, this astounding youthful essay by a composer at the heart of Austro-Hungarian empire has been reclaimed by Hungarian musicians. Fischer’s elite band have already displayed superb Mahlerian credentials. This lovely account of the First, with its allusions to Songs of Wayfarer, Mahler’s early vocal master piece, and homage, in the”stormy” finale, to that of Beethoven’s Ninth, is especially remarkable in Fischer’s delicate, chamber-like intimacy in repose and his lilting, rustic way with the Ländler-like dance rhythms. HC

Channel Classics CCSSA33112

Sunday Times