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Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 4 In F Minor, Op. 36 & Romeo And Juliet Overture

Budapest Festival Orchestra


SKU: 21704

Year of release: 2004

Symphony No. 4 In F Minor, Op. 36 36:14
1. Andante Sostenuto - Moderato Con Anima Tchaikovsky 12:21
2. Andantino In Modo Di Canzana Tchaikovsky 09:54
3. Scherzo; Pizzicato Ostinato_ Allegro Tchaikovsky 05:36
4. Finale_ Allegro Con Fuoco Tchaikovsky 08:21
5. Romeo And Overture Tchaikovsky 18:54
Total time: 55:09

About this album

One of the most wondrous friendships in musical history was the one between Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovski and a rich noblewoman, Nadjezhda von Meck. She worshipped Tchaikovski from afar and initiated a correspondence which, over the years, would amount to some 1200 letters. Madame Von Meck became Tchaikovskis patroness and granted him a generous yearly allowance. In this way it became possible for Pyotr Ilyitch to resign his detested job as a professor at the Moscow conservatory, concentrate on composing, and travel, preferably abroad. The two agreed that they would never meet, in order to avoid any emotional complications which might arise. Thanks to the extensive correspondence, we are well informed about numerous details of Tchaikovskis life, including the background to his Fourth Symphony in f, op. 36, from 1877. Around this time, Tchaikovski had unexpectedly rushed into a marriage in order to avoid revealing his homosexuality. After a week with his bride, the composer suffered a nervous breakdown and made an attempt at suicide, after which the marriage was dissolved on medical advice. It was against this backdrop that the Fourth Symphony was composed……

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Classics Today

It'll probably be the first time in years you've heard this warhorse without being bored to tears, despite the bombast. Playing by the Budapest Festival Orchestra is very high-caliber, particularly the brass. I'll give it a 10/10 for the daring vitality and freshness of Fischer's interpretation.

Haagsche Courant

Een interpretatie die de luisteraar meevoert over toppen en door ravijnen (...)

Fono Forum

Bei Fischer erscheint Tschaikowsky wieder als sensibler Menschenvertoner und man spurt bei ihm auch die Nhe des grobrgerlichen russischen Salons. (...) Fischer entdeckt den polyglotten europischen Feingeist und noblen Wahrheitssucher Tschaikowsky - und in diesem Licht verhaltener Leidenschaft kommt dessen kompositorische Meisterschaft in ihrer ganzen Raffinesse zum Vorschein.


A la tte de son orchestre du Festival de Budapest, Ivn Fischer modle chaque dtail sans manirisme, sans ostentation, mais dans le souci constant d'apporter un lment subjectif a sa lecture. Une mme hallucination parcourt le Pome symphonique, Romo et Juliette. Sous nos oreilles, les amants de Vrone vivent leur passion dans toute l'horreur du drame shakespearien.


le Tchakovsky de Fischer est brillant, presque dshumanis force de volont de perfection.

Hi-Rez Highway

Connoisseurs of pure auditory sensation will not be disappointed. Definitely worth a listen.


Een opname waarin de partituur verbluffend gedetailleerd met ongevenaarde luciditeit voor de luisteraar wordt uitgespreid. Mede dankzij de klankregie van Channel Classics is elk instrument glashelder te horen. Het resultaat is volstrekt integer en, inderdaad, ideaal


Fischer has enough that is meaningful and individual to justify a secure place among top digital recommendations.

International Record Review

Fischer makes the best of the regional tone colour of his winds and the agility of his divided violins.


Fischer toont de luisteraar precies wanneer en waarnaar hij moet luisteren, dankzij een perfecte balans op gebied van tempo, instrumentatie of articulatie. Dit geeft Tchaikovski's vierde symfonie knap gestalte en maakt een beluistering noch inspannend, noch vervelend. Voor wie dit revolutionaire orkest uit Budapest nog niet kent vormt deze cd een prachtige kennismaking. Fischer bespeelt zwierig een heel scala aan emoties, mijdt het theatrale, het dramatische niet, en levert zo een fantastische plaat af. Warm aanbevolen!

The Star-Ledger

Freshness is paramount with Fischer, and his players even make the sweeping soap opera tune of Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet sound novel. Fischer's performance in the Fourth Symphony has a new-minted air ... you're going to revisit standard fare, this is the way to do it.

Le Soir

Ivan Fischer sait tirer de son Budapest Festival Orchestra des sonorits inimitables. Un son qui a du corps, de la nervosit, qui flatte la note, soutient un rythme sans jamais devenir bruyant. Y compris dans les plus fracassants tutti que Tchaikovsky a l'art de dchaner dans son Romeo et Juliette et sa 4e symphonie. Avec, en sus, une tendresse soyeuse des cordes, une vivacit des vents, et, un peu partout, le sens de la danse.

Klassik Heute. com

Fischer lsst schlank, direkt, sehr differenziert, mit groem Ausdrucksreichtum, dynamisch weit, aber immer subtil, nie pauschal und nie knallig musizieren.


De geboorte van een winning team? () () Deze muziek grijpt je meteen bij de strot. Wat een koperblazerssound, wat een schitterende melancholieke strijkers, wat een heerlijke geurende houtblazers, wat een enorme drive in alle vier delen.

Evening Standard

Ivan Fischers Budapest Festival Orchestra has acquired a reputation as one of Europes finest and most individual. Warmly recommended, even if you already have these works in your collection.

Audiophile Audition

I have awarded this fine disc five stars because it is simply an exemplary SACD offering, delighting in the music it contains and consistently gratifying in its splendid sonics.

Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
SpeakersAudiolab, Holland
Recording SoftwarePyramix bij Merging
Recording LocationItalian Institute Budapest Hungary
Recording EngineerHein Dekker,Jared Sacks
ProducerHein Dekker
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB&W 803 diamond series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersMeitner A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Cablesvan den Hul T3 series