Gustav Mahler (07.07.1860 – 18. 05. 1911) was an Austrian composer and conductor, noted chiefly for his 10 symphonies and various songs with orchestra, of which Das Lied von der Erde is perhaps the best loved. As a composer his work forms an important bridge between the 19th century Austro-German tradition and the modernism of the early 20th century.
Iván Fischer (born 20 January 1951) is a Hungarian conductor who found greatest with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, which he co-founded with fellow Hungarian conductor Zoltán Kocsis back in 1983. This orchestra that was created out of dissatifaction with the “great” orchestras now, ironically, finds itself in the top ten orchestras according to Gramophone magazine.
Ivan Fischer and his Budapest musicians have recorded many of the Mahler symphonies to great acclaim and this recording of Symphony No. 4 is no exception. Overall this a very refined performance, with an exceptionally enjoyable third movement and some heavenly singing from the soprano Miah Persson in the finale. The sound quality captured by Channel Classics’ engineers is quite exceptional. A 5 star SACD (or hires download) without doubt.