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Presented by Suzy Klein, from the Royal Albert Hall. Ivan Fischer's Prom conducting the Budapest Festival Orchestra concludes with a performance of Mahler's Symphony No 1 in D.


Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

Presented by Suzy Klein

Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra perform the usual 4-movement version of Mahler's First Symphony after the interval, and the extra movement Blumine before it. And around Blumine are two devilish dances by their compatriot Franz Liszt - continuing the Proms celebrations of his bicentenary this year.

The concert opens with the First Mephisto Waltz (inspired by the demon Mephistopheles who tempts Faust) and the first half ends with Dejan Lazic as the virtuoso soloist in the Totentanz - Dance of Death.

It was in Budapest back in 1889 that Mahler - then Director of the Royal Budapest Opera - conducted the premiere of his First Symphony. At that point it had 5 movements, not the four we're used to today: in the 1890s Mahler removed a slow movement that he'd called Blumine - 'bouquet of flowers'.

The Budapest Festival Orchestra was only founded in 1983, but it's already universally recognised as one of the world's great orchestras. Conducted throughout its life by Music Director and joint founder Ivan Fischer, the orchestra has built a reputation for shedding new light on old favourites.

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major

Dejan Lazic (piano)
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Iván Fischer (conductor)

This Prom will be repeated on Sunday 4 September at 2pm.

1 hour, 10 minutes

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Fri 2 Sep 2011 20:05

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  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony no. 1 in D major

    Conductor: Ivan Fischer Performer: Budapest Festival Orchestra


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