Budapest Festival Orchestra Presents Beethoven's Ninth at the Lincoln Center
The Budapest Festival Orchestra presented a concert at the Lincoln Center on February 5th, conducted by Ivan Fischer.
Famous for his unconventional interpretations that play with everything from staging to tempos, conductor Iván Fischer approaches Beethoven like no one else. Fischer and his "consistently glorious" Budapest Festival Orchestra (New York Times) present Beethoven's last symphonies, beginning with the concise gem of the Eighth and ending with the "symphony to end all symphonies," Beethoven's rapturous Ninth.
Watch highlights that were posted in the NY Times here.
The Budapest Festival Orchestra is one of the major success stories of the international music scene, being rated among the world's top ten orchestras.
Its key figure is Music Director Iván Fischer who, alongside Zoltán Kocsis, was one of the Orchestra's founding fathers. The BFO's unique system works to encourage the artistic qualities of its musicians to blend together, forming an exquisitely homogenous orchestral sound. Both audience and critics alike acknowledge the quality in the ensemble's captivating chamber music performances, as well as the all-pervasive dynamism with which it shares the joy of music-making with the audience.
Over the decades, the Festival Orchestra has presented the Hungarian audience with such stars as Sir Georg Solti - until his death he was the Principal Guest Conductor of the BFO, as well as great musicians such as Yehudi Menuhin, Pinchas Zukerman, Gidon Kremer, Radu Lupu, Sándor Végh, Sir András Schiff and Richard Goode. Iván Fischer also makes great efforts to invite young, internationally-acclaimed musicians and singers to perform for domestic audiences.
The orchestra is a regular guest at the world's most important music venues and concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, Vienna's Musikverein, the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and London's Royal Albert Hall. They have repeatedly been invited to perform at international music events such as the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Salzburger Festspiele or the Edinburgh International Festival.