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Mahler Symphony No. 7

Budapest Festival Orchestra


SKU: 38019

Year of release: 2019

1. Langsam-Allegro risoluto, ma non troppo Mahler 20:54
2. Nachtmusik 1: Allegro moderato Mahler 14:36
3. Scherzo: Schattenhaft Mahler 09:10
4. Nachtmusik II: Andante amoroso Mahler 12:35
5. Rondo - Finale Mahler 17:57
Total time: 75:14

About this album


“I am happy that the Dutch TV company VPRO made a documentary of
our recording of this great symphony. This film is available on the internet.
[YouTube/Mahler 7/Iván Fischer] It documents my efforts in proving that
the last movement of Mahler’s seventh symphony – despite some doubts
of Mahler experts – is a masterpiece. This work is often seen as enigmatic,
fragmented, less accessible than the other, beloved Mahler Symphonies.
May this recording contribute to a revalidation!
Mahler returns here to a perfect balance. He ended the 6th Symphony in
a tragic minor key. Here he offers us the full journey from darkness to
light. And what a journey it is! Please note the most magnificent scherzo
framed between the two unique night music episodes! I love this

– Iván Fischer

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Musicweb International Recommended Recording

(...) Iván follows his revitalising Third with a similarly talented Seventh; as before, the engineering is first rate. (...) Iván's first movement is spaciously conceived, with a full-fat tenorhorn, alert phrasing and a pleasing sense of purpose. His strikes me as a considered approach, in every sense of the word, but that's not so suggest it's without nuance or character. Some may prefer a freer, more seamless line, but at least there's no shortage of ear-pricking incident. Hein Dekker and Jared Sacks's judiciously balanced, 'hear through' recording is a great asset in this respect, Mahler's smaller, easy-to-miss epiphanies beautifully caught. As for the playing, it's beyond reproach, with ravishing harps and well-blended Wagnerian brass. Iván's opener also seems darker than some, but then, like Gielen, he doesn't shrink from the music's equivocations; in short,, he forges a much tougher, more absorbing narrative here than most. (...)

The Guardian, The Observer

Iván Fischer, conducting his Budapest Festival Orchestra (Channel Classics), is an eloquent champion, celebrating the work’s eclecticism – cow bells, courtly dances, folk song – in a blaze of aural invention. His players, as ever, are lithe, spirited, virtuosic. Watch the documentary Fischer made with the BFO to get a sense of his commitment to every nuance and accent, and to the multiplicity of styles found in this expansive work.


(...) Ivan Fischer takes a close look at the diversity of Mahler’s Seventh Symphony, and not the least due to the excellent playing of his Budapest Festival Orchestra, this is a strong account of the work. The recorded surround sound is excellent.

Crescendo Mag Be 4 x ten

(...) Mahlérien émérite à la tête d’un orchestre d’élite, Ivan Fischer construit à un rythme lent une intégrale qui fait date. (...) Les deux “Nachtmusik” sont idéales de fraîcheurs : les somptuosités mélodiques font face à une masse instrumentale allégée et ici foncièrement chambriste. Dans les mouvements extrêmes, la force de la direction d’Ivan Fischer est de renforcer le nerf de cette musique avec énergie et sens narratif. (...) Son 10 – Livret 10 – Répertoire 10 – Interprétation 10

Technical Specifications

Mastering EquimentAmplifier: Classe 5200 | Cables: Van den Hul (exclusive use of Van den Hul cables)
EditingJared Sacks
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis, custom design
Recording FormatDSD 64
Analog To Digital ConverterDSD Super Audio/Grimm Audio
Recording DateSeptember 2015
ProductionHein Dekker