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The leading British online store for classical music Presto Classical has named Adam Fischer „Conductor of the Year 2019“. The jury have chosen from among 100 finalists and voted for 10 recordings of the year as well as winners in 6 special categories. The winning conductor is Adam Fischer. Presto Classical says:

„At 70, the Hungarian conductor seems to be hitting his absolute prime at the moment, with his ongoing Mahler symphonies series from Düsseldorf on Avie going from strength to strength and a thrilling, occasionally controversial, Beethoven cycle with the Danish Chamber Orchestra on Naxos appearing in July; he also drew luxurious, deliciously idiomatic support from the Wiener Philharmoniker on Jonas Kaufmann’s tribute to Vienna in October.“


For their recording of Beethoven Complete Symphonies published in 2019 by Naxos Adam Fischer and the Danish Chamber Orchestra have won an International Classical Music Award (ICMA) 2020 in the category “Symphonic Music”. Their Beethoven CD, which has received highest critical acclaim world-wide, has been chosen from among 35 nominees in this category. The jury of international critics from leading music magazines had nominated a total of 390 recordings competing in 16 different categories. Fischer and the Danish Chamber Orchestra receive this prestigious award for the second time already. Their recording of all Mozart Symphonies (Da Capo Records) won an ICMA in 2015. A strong sign of life from the orchestra, which was closed by the Danish Radio in 2014 and now continues to exist on a privately funded basis.

“Adam Fischer and the Danish Chamber Orchestra present a very convincing, coherent and meaningful set of Beethoven's symphonies whose main characteristic is the rhetorical diversity showing all of Beethoven’s various facets. This eloquence is achieved with a consistently slender, low-vibrato music-making and a wide range of tempi, rhythm and dynamics. Exciting contrasts, powerful accents, expressive rubato let Beethoven ‘speak’ in a most persuasive way.”, says the jury.

The Award Ceremony will be held in Sevilla on April 30th.


The Danish Chamber Orchestra and Adam Fischer are among the three finalists in the category Symphonic Music  for an International Classical Music Award (ICMA) 2020 for their recording of Beethoven Complete Symphonies (Naxos). 19 independent music journalists from 14 countries have chosen 320 candidates for the prestigious award, which is presented in 16 categories. The winners will be announced in January. In 2015 the Danish Chamber Orchestra already won an ICMA for their recording of all Mozart Symphonies. Their Beethoven CD was published in the spring of 2019 and has received outstanding reviews from international music critics.

 

"With this gripping Beethoven cycle, Fischer has become the first conductor to record the complete symphonies of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. This is no garden variety act of completionism — he drives his Copenhagen-based band with a fierce meticulousness that rivals Karajan, Kleiber, and other greats."

(The best classical recordings of 2019, New York´s Classical Music Radio Station WQXR, Zev Cane)

„I was blown away by this set“

“The strings are on fire, the timpani are athletes. This is as live and alert as any Beethoven symphonies I have heard”

(BBC3, Kate Molleson)

"My #BeethovenOdyssey has so far covered 134 conductors and 1098 symphonies across 730 hours. This cycle has enthralled, surprised and delighted me as much as anything I've heard."

(The Symphonist @deeplyclassical)

"I'm confident that even if you know these symphonies extremely well and already have several recordings, you'll still find plenty here to enthral, delight, and beguile you."

(Presto Classical, James Longstaffe)

"These renditions showcase Beethoven’s revolutionary side in a way few other sets even come close to managing."

(Fanfare Magazine, Mark Medwin)

 

 

 


„WIEN“ is the new CD (Sony Classical) of Jonas Kaufmann and the Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Adam Fischer. With arias and duets (together with soprano Rachel Willis-Soerensen) from famous operettas by Johann Strauss and Franz Léhar as well as Wiener Lieder by Robert Stolz, Hermann Leopoldo and Rudolf Sieczynsiski it is an hommage to Vienna, the city of walzes and operetta. Adam Fischer is rooted in the musical tradition of Vienna. Since he first came here to study with Hans Swarowsky the city has been his musical home. For many decades he has had close ties with the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Wiener Staatsoper, where he is an Honorary Member. Who could have been a better choice to conduct the Vienna elite orchestra and the star tenor on this new album. Together they bring alive the esprit and charme of Vienna´s sparkling melodies.

Presto Classical – recording of the week (October 11 2019, Catherine Cooper)

“The gloss and glamour of the Viennese musicians’ sound really is one of the glories of this new disc. Violins shimmer and swoon with portamenti that hover on just the right side of tasteful, and Ádám Fischer (who seems to be enjoying a rather marvellous Indian summer at the moment with his ongoing Düsseldorf Mahler cycle and superb recent Beethoven set on Naxos) steers them with understated panache and imagination throughout.”

“And if someone could invite Fischer to Vienna for New Year’s Day at some point, I’ll stand them a flute of champagne.”

 

"Fischer and Vienna Phil are deluxe accompanists" (The Sunday Times, Hugh Canning)


Following the BBC Music Award they received in April 2019 for their recording of Mahler´s Symphony No 1 Adam Fischer and the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker have won a second prestigious prize: their concert recording of Mahler´s 3rd symphony receives the OPUS KLASSIK 2019 and was chosen among 17 contestants in the category „Symphonic recording / music of the 19th century“.

The award-winning CD is a live recording from November 2017 at the Tonhalle in Düsseldorf produced in cooperation with Deutschlandfunk and published by the label AVI Music.

Anna Larsson is the soloist.

The 45 winners of the OPUS KLASSIK in 24 categories were announced on September 2nd at a press conference at the Konzerthaus Berlin. The awards are presented this year for the second time to outstanding artists in the field classical music.

The award-winning ceremony was on October 13th at the Konzerthaus Berlin.


Adam Fischer will be back on the podium of the Berliner Philharmoniker conducting three subscription concerts in early October. He made his sensational debut with the orchestra in February 2018 when he took over concerts at short notice and received enthiusiastic applause from the audience for his fervent interpretation of Dvorák´s „New World Symphony“.

In their up-coming concerts Adam Fischer and the Berliner Philharmoniker will perform works by Haydn and Mozart. Both composers have always played an important role in Adam Fischer´s carreer: his recordings of Haydn´s 104 symphonies and of Mozart´s  complete symphonic work are highly acclaimed and have received a number of international awards.

Mozart´s Symphony No 36 „Linz“ and Haydn´s Symphony No 104 will be on the programme as well as two virtuoso concert arias sung by the young soprano Julia Lezhneva:  Haydn´s "Scena di Berenice“ and Mozart´s „Ch´io mi scordi di te“ , where Adam Fischer will also play the piano.

The concert on Saturday October 5 will be broadcast live at the Digital Concert Hall.

 


Celebrated for his Mozart interpretations, Adam Fischer is a regular guest at the Salzburg Festival. In this summer he returns to the podium of the Mozarteum Orchester conducting two of the traditional Mozart matinée concerts on August 24 and 25. The all-Mozart programme includes his symphonies No 34 and No 38 “Prague” as well as the concerto for two pianos with the young piano duo Lukas and Arthur Jussen. The concert on Sunday 25 will be broadcast live from the Mozarteum by the Austrian radio Ö1. Prior to the concert broadcast,  Adam Fischer can be heard in conversation with Eva Halus as a guest of the Radio Salzburg Café programme.


The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Adam Fischer celebrate the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria´s birth with music by her favourite composer Felix Mendelssohn. The programme of their BBC Proms concert includes his Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”  and the piano concerto No. 1. Stephen Hough will play on Queen Victoria´s own piano. For some years now Adam Fischer has worked regularly with the famous London ensemble and will also return with them to the Beethovenfest Bonn in September. It is their first time together at the traditional BBC Proms this year. Their concert on August 16th at the Royal Albert Hall will be broadcast live on radio BBC 3 and can be watched on TV in the series Sundays on BBC 4 on August 18th.


In July Woody Allen revives his Los Angeles Opera production of Puccini´s “Gianni Schicchi” at Milan´s Teatro alla Scala. Adam Fischer, who in this season already conducted a new production of Verdi´s “Ernani” in Milan, is on the podium of the Orchestra dell´Accedemia this time. Fischer, who ejoys sharing his experience with young musicians, first worked with them and the young singers of La Scala´s Accademia on a highly successful production of Mozart´s “Die Zauberflöte” two years ago. The first half of the double bill is Salieri´s “Prima la musica e poi le parole” directed by Grischa Asagaroff. In both productions the main part will be sung by Amgrogio Maestri.


At a reception at the U.S.Ambassador´s residence in Budapest on June 18 Adam Fischer was awarded the prestigious John F.Kennedy Center Gold Medal in the Arts, which he received from the President of the John F.Kennedy Center Deborah Rutter. Since 2005 the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts has bestowed the Gold Medal in the Arts in recognition of extraordinary achievements in the arts at its international summit held each year in different cities. The Committee awards  inspiring individuals of the respective countries, whose lifetime achievements have created, nurtured, supported and championed the worlkd´s greatest arts and artists.The other reciepients this year were Adam Fischer´s brother Iván Fischer, soprano Eva Marton and composer György Kurtág.


On April 10 the winners of the annual BBC Music Magazine Awards were announced in London. The Orchestral Award went to Adam Fischer and the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra for their recording of Mahler´s Symphony No 1. The disc is part of a cycle of all of Mahler´s nine symphonies recorded at the Tonhalle in Düsseldorf and was chosen from among 200 recordings that received 5-star reviews in the BBC Music Magazine in the last year. Symphony No 3 was also longlisted for this year´s Awards. Adam Fischer and representatives from the orchestra were at the Award Ceremony to receive the prestigious prize.

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