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Mahler: Symphony No. 3 - Ivan Fischer

Mahler: Symphony No. 3 - Ivan Fischer

Channel Classics  CCS SA 38817 (2 discs)

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Mahler: Symphony No. 3

Gerhild Romberger (alto)
Cantemus Children's Choir
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Ivan Fischer (conductor)

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Comment by hiredfox - March 11, 2017 (1 of 15)

It has arrived, almost. Jared raved about this new recording last year. A long standing favourite of mine.

Comment by Luukas - March 11, 2017 (2 of 15)

Few days ago I ordered this in advance at Presto Classical. Cannot wait to hear it!

Comment by diw - March 11, 2017 (3 of 15)

Will there be a Mahler 8 in the series?

Comment by Luukas - March 11, 2017 (4 of 15)

Yes, there'll be, Diw. Why not? The next album will be 7, most likely. And I really hope that they'll record the composer's deeply affecting Tenth Symphony using Deryck Cooke version.

Comment by ubertrout - March 11, 2017 (5 of 15)

Fischer has said he has no interest in doing a Mahler 8, so this cycle is going to be like the Abbado/Lucerne cycle in that regard. Beyond possible lack of musical interest on Fischer's part, I imagine the Mahler 8 is an impossibly expensive endeavor for an ensemble with the BFO's financing model.

Comment by Luukas - March 11, 2017 (6 of 15)

OK, thanks for your correction, ubertrout! However, I look forward to hear the first SACD (Symphony No. 5) of Osmo Vänskä's Mahler cycle with the Minnesota Orchestra. BIS has planned to release it soon.

Comment by ubertrout - March 11, 2017 (7 of 15)

Good to know about the Minnesota cycle...without the forum I'm not hearing about these projects as readily.

While a Mahler 10 would be nice, I really hope Fischer turns to Das Lied first.

Comment by fausto kantiano - March 12, 2017 (8 of 15)

while I shall buy Fischer's M3 just for the sake of it, and certainly the M7, I'm glad he doesn't want to do M8--but Vänskä doing yet another Mahler cycle?! Who wants that? Haven't we had enough Mahler on SACD in the last 10 years or so?

Comment by Luukas - March 12, 2017 (9 of 15)

I want that, fausto kantiano. Vänskä has proved to be a man who finds new insights from familiar works and therefore this new Mahler cycle will be very fascinating listening experience.

Comment by Paul Hannah - March 12, 2017 (10 of 15)

Just can't wait !

Comment by hiredfox - March 12, 2017 (11 of 15)

It is difficult to imagine that Vanska has any special insights to offer on Mahler, whereas his kinship empathy with fellow Finn Sibelius was more obvious, even so the jury is still far from agreed on Vanska's Sibelius being any better than Davis. There are so many excellent Mahler sets on SACD, many recorded in 64fs DSD that any new entrant stands a serious risk of being under-whelming and ignored.

Back to the subject matter in hand, Chailly on Decca is the one to beat - simply outstanding - but we can rely on Ivan Fischer and his Budapest colleagues to come up with something to grab our attention even if perhaps a little unconventional.

I cannot recall a bad performance live or on disc from our favourite Maestro so on that basis alone this is worth pre-order punt.

(all IMHO of course!)

Comment by William Hecht - March 12, 2017 (12 of 15)

Like fausto I see absolutely no need for another Mahler series from any source, which is no complaint about Vanska's interpretive skills or BIS' recording technology. The latest recordings from Minnesota have been very good, at least for us multichannel listeners, but I just can't see the point of another complete set. If Reference announced that Manfred Honeck intended to complete the set he started for Exton I'd understand, but another set ab inititio, why? What can the market be? I miss the days when bissie would promptly tell us exactly why we're nuts.

Comment by diw - March 12, 2017 (13 of 15)

I do miss bissie's presence on the forum, for sure.

Comment by Luukas - March 12, 2017 (14 of 15)

Guys, I mostly agree with you. But since BIS released Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Alan Gilbert I have waited for the other symphonies.

Let me explain my thoughts once and for all. Osmo Vänskä has raised the Minnesota Orchestra to one of the most valued orchestras in the world. Should we shoot down this highly promising cycle prematurely? Or can we receive it with open arms? I have greatly enjoyed to listen to the SACD albums of this remarkable team. The fact is that these upcoming Mahler recordings will not be exceptions. Every new SACD is a little treasure in this RBCD-overbearing supply, I think, so we should be grateful and not chagrined.

Comment by jdaniel1371 - March 15, 2017 (15 of 15)

It's about time Vanska let go of Sibelius.