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The spring tour of the Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFO) comes to an end at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Germany. They will give their closing concert conducted by Iván Fischer on Sunday evening. (kulturpart.hu)

The orchestra will play Ernő Dohnányi’s Symphonic Minutes, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 at the tour’s last performance. The fantastic Austrian pianist, Rudolf Buchbinder, will be the concerto’s soloist in Frankfurt.

The first venue of the tour, which started on Monday, was the Royal Festival Hall in London, where British pianist Imogen Cooper played Beethoven’s piece, as reported by Júlia Váradi BFO’s communications manager to the Hungarian News Agency (MTI) on Sunday.

Of the leading UK dailies, the Financial Times, The Independent and The Daily Telegraph all reported on the playing of the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Iván Fischer.

Richard Fairman, music critic for The Financial Times, wrote about the distinctive play of Iván Fischer and the 30-year-old Festival Orchestra. The particularly close relationship between the artistic director and the musicians of the orchestra was clearly evident. Thanks to this, artists performing individually in the orchestra can capitalise on all their skills and knowledge together at the highest possible level. This is what makes every visit by the BFO to the UK worth catching – opined the financial paper.

David Nice published a review in the classical music column of The Independent. He too mentions BFO as an extraordinary orchestra. Ivan Hewett, journalist for The Daily Telegraph, writes of conductor Iván Fischer in the introduction of the interview with him a few days earlier as follows: If there’s one musician who exemplifies the European ideal, it’s surely Iván Fischer.

After London, the orchestra played in the Anvil Theatre in Basingstoke, followed by Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, and then the Marlow Theatre in Canterbury.