Iván Fischer conducts the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Iván Fischer conducts the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in a symphonic concert recorded on Sunday 21 February 2021 and which will subsequently be broadcast in streaming.

Two symphonies by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonin Dvořák are scheduled. On this occasion, the relationship of Maggio with Kuehne & Nagel that supports the concert is renewed.

Florence, 18 February 2021 – Iván Fischer conducts the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in a symphonic concert recorded on Sunday 21 February 2021 and which will subsequently be broadcast in streaming. The Symphony n. 34 in C major KV 338 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Symphony No. 7 in D minor Op. 70 by Antonín Dvořák. The concert takes place instead of the announced symphonic appointment of the 20-21 season which would have been directed by Christoph von Dohnányi and which has only been postponed to the near future while waiting for the ninety-two year old German master to undergo the vaccination. With this concert the collaboration of Maggio with Kuehne & Nagel is renewed; the company had already supported the cycle of symphonic concerts last July.

Iván Fischer – born and raised in Budapest like his brother Ádám, also conductor (and already on the podium of the Maggio) – is guest conductor of the most famous orchestras in the world such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra is making its debut at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; on the occasion of his concert he renewed his appeal: “I am very happy to make music at the Maggio with this wonderful orchestra and I am grateful to the superintendent Pereira for inviting me and above all because the Maggio continues to make music even if with the theaters unfortunately closed; for this reason I would like to send my message to those who make decisions: do not forget that art and music are important for life and that music helps people in times of need. Please: let the music go on!”.

The programme:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony in C major K. 338
The symphony dates back to the summer of 1780 and is the last of the symphonies composed by Mozart in Salzburg. At that time, the musician was full of enthusiasm for what would be the turning point in his life and career. He would soon abandon his job at the court of Archbishop Colloredo where his genius was certainly not fully understood and, leaving behind the servile condition of court musician, he would take the path of free profession by moving to Vienna. The Symphony No. 34 is in three movements instead of four, according to the Italian model that was in use at the time in Salzburg, but even if it lacks the Minuet, it is well balanced with three movements of equal duration and very fine construction. Vitality and enthusiasm can be felt right from the start and are confirmed by the choice of the system key – the assertive C major that makes its way with a decisive march – and in the festive tone of the first movement. The Andante di molto that follows is a masterpiece of chamber grace: only the sonorities of the string quartet with divided violas to which Mozart adds the bassoon. The final movement, on the other hand, is irresistible, all played on the exuberant rhythm of the tarantella that triggers a close dialogue between the instruments in the orchestra.

Antonin Dvořák – Symphony No. 7 in D minor Op. 70
An exemplary synthesis of cultured tradition and Slavic popular spirit, the Symphony No. 7 in D minor Op. 70 by Antonín Dvořák was born at the time of the composer’s first international confirmations. It was the London Philharmonic Society that commissioned this new symphony from the Bohemian master, following the success of the concerts he gave in the English capital in 1884. Dvořák was at the time known and esteemed above all for the orchestral transposition of Slavic Dances, pages with markedly folkloric particularly appreciated by the English public. Made in a few months, between December 1884 and March 1885, the Symphony no. 7 debuted in London on April 22, 1885 under the direction of the author. Close to Brahms’ symphonic model – of which Dvořák had listened to the Third Symphony a short time before and was strongly impressed by it – Symphony n. 7 shows an austere and balanced character, especially in the first movement, but also typically Slavic traits found in the expanded melodies that animate the second movement (Poco Adagio), in the wild Bohemian dance rhythm of the Scherzo, up to the gypsy and passionate theme that gives life and triumphantly closes the final Allegro.

Iván Fischer is the founder and Music Director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. He is an honorary conductor of Berlin’s Konzerthaus and Konzerthausorchester. In recent years he has also gained a reputation as a composer, with his works being performed in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, Germany and Austria. He has directed a number of successful opera productions, and, in 2018, founded the Vicenza Opera Festival. The Berlin Philharmonic have played more than ten times under Fischer’s baton, and he also spends two weeks every year with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He is a frequent guest of the leading symphony orchestras in the US as well. As Music Director, he has led the Kent Opera and the Opéra National de Lyon, and was Principal Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. He is considered one of the most successful orchestra directors in the world. The BFO’s frequent worldwide tours, and a series of critically-acclaimed and fast-selling records, have contributed to Iván Fischer’s reputation. Many of his recordings have been awarded prestigious international prizes. Fischer is a founder of the Hungarian Mahler Society and Patron of the British Kodály Academy, and is an honorary citizen of Budapest. He has received the Golden Medal Award from the President of the Republic of Hungary, and the Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum for his services in promoting international cultural relations. The government of the French Republic made him Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, proclaiming him a Knight of the Order of Art and Literature. In 2006, he was honoured with the Kossuth Prize, Hungary’s most prestigious arts award. In 2011, he received the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award, Hungary’s Prima Primissima Prize and the Dutch Ovatie Prize. In 2013, he was granted Honorary Membership to the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2015, he was presented with the Abu Dhabi Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement, and in 2016 he won the Association of Music Critics of Argentina’s award for Best Foreign Conductor.