||GUSTAV MAHLER - Symphony No. 5 - Ivan Fischer (Conductor) -
Budapest Festival Orchestra - 723385342137 - Released: December 2013 - Channel Classics CCSSA34213|
A Mahler 5 very much in the same league as the excellent Bernstein (live Vienna Phil on DG). But whereas Bernstein captured it whole, seeing the "big picture" from a high and lofty perspective, conductor
Ivan Fischer swoops down for a more intimate frame of reference, and in doing so, reveals the beauty hidden behind the stern facade of this complex symphonic work. Fischer has always had a knack for
exposing, in haut-relief, and without micro managing, the melodic lines of specific instrumental groups when called for and at the right moment. And this in turn seems to convince the Budapest Festival Orchestra
musicians to play at their best, and to flesh out the inherent natural beauty of their individual instrument's sound. At the 4:00 minute mark into the opening movement you get the first hints of this orchestra's expressive qualities
of which there are many throughout this performance and all of their other recordings.