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Adam Fischer’s enlighteni­ng Mahler

David Nice appplauds the Hungarian conductor’s flowing Symphony No. 1


Mahler Symphony No. 1 (Titan)

Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra/ Adam Fischer

Avi Music AVI 8553390 53:01 mins

A hero in his native Hungary, where he is acknowledg­ed as the greatest of Wagnerians by most who have been lucky enough to hear his regular Budapest Ring cycles, Adam Fischer is less known to the rest of the world than his often-touring brother Iván. That he’s capable of equally great Mahler is evidenced by this third instalment – and the first I’ve come across – in his cycle with the Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra, not an ensemble with which many of us will be familiar. Well, this should make us grateful for the elder Fischer’s presence there.

It’s the most lightly, as in ineffably, characteri­sed Mahler One I’ve heard since Rafael Kubelík’s. Everything flows, moves forward without rush, in the exuberant songs and dances of the first two movements, even in a swifter-thanusual rustic funeral march. And when he needs to, Fischer pulls out the stops – a whole sequence of them as he magnificen­tly marshals the final triumph. I don’t know a more convincing interpreta­tion of those last pages, which can sound bombastic in the wrong hands, but here come across as exhilarati­ngly decisive.

Full marks to Dusseldorf horns and trumpets, recorded with exemplary presence and clarity, and to the strings – clearly not the glossy equal of their Viennese or Berlin counterpar­ts, but articulati­ng perfectly thanks to Fischer’s detailed work. His booklet article on following in Mahler’s footsteps in Budapest – where the First was premiered – and Hamburg is entertaini­ng and enlighteni­ng from start to finish, and well complement­ed by a serious note on the music. Masterly.

Adam Fischer magnificen­tly marshals the finale


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An ineffable Mahlerian: Adam Fischer triumphs in Mahler’s Titan Symphony

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