“There is no other ensemble in the world like the Budapest Festival Orchestra.”
The Budapest Festival Orchestra was founded by Iván Fischer over 25 years ago and has created an outstanding reputation for itself through its recordings and international tours.
HarrisonParrott enjoys a long-standing and ongoing collaboration with this acclaimed partnership working together on touring projects in Europe, USA and in South America. Under the auspices of HarrisonParrott, the BFO and Iván Fischer have appeared numerous times at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival as well as US and Canadian summer festivals including Mostly Mozart, New York.
HarrisonParrott arranged the BFO and Ivan Fischer’s debut tour to South America in September 2003; such was their success that they have returned three times since, in April 2007, May 2011 and most recently in June 2015. During the 2010/11 season, HarrisonParrott arranged a three-concert tour of Scandinavia for the BFO and Fischer with pianist Emmanuel Ax. The Orchestra also toured twice in Athens in November 2013 and 2015.
“The great partnership of Iván Fischer and his Budapest players make music of supreme intimacy and vitality. They endow the work with a poise and lyricism too often sacrificed in favour of frenzied intensity.”
(Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian)
“Fischer’s elite band have already displayed superb Mahlerian credentials. This lovely account of the First, with its allusions to Songs of a Wayfarer, Mahler’s early vocal masterpiece, and homage, in the “stormy” finale, to that of Beethoven’s Ninth, is especially remarkable in Fischer’s delicate, chamber-like intimacy in repose and his lilting, rustic way with the Ländler-like dance rhythms.”
“The Rite of Spring remains a seismic event in the history of music, still astounding in a performance as gripping and as powerful as this live account by Fischer’s BFO. These Hungarians manage the remarkable feat of making this familiar music sound ever fresh and new — I love Fischer’s chamber-music textures in Dances of the Adolescent Girls, and his Dance of the Earth sounds positively volcanic…It is ravishingly played”
(The Sunday Times)
“..Iván Fischer’s beautifully judged and lucidly presented performance takes the work’s length as something utterly inevitable and authentically Schubertian in its own right. The textures are wonderfully transparent, and by getting his players in the Budapest orchestra to use natural horns, narrow bore trombones and clarinets in C, he gives an extra buoyancy to the sound, so that every line has its own character and rhythmic profile”.
“The first thing that hits you when hearing them live is their incredible purity of sound, which is perfectly blended and has an almost overwhelming impact.”
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