Programme guide

When Iván Fischer conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker, he regularly brings musical gems from his native Hungary. Audiences are then usually surprised: Why have we never heard this wonderful music before? This reaction is also likely with this recording with Ernő Dohnányi’s Symphonic Minutes and Jenő Hubay’s Violin Concerto No. 3. From the core Classical and Romantic repertoire, the Fifth Symphony by Franz Schubert is also to be heard.

Ernő Dohnányi’s Symphonic Minutes from 1933 and Jenő Hubay’s Violin Concerto No. 3, completed in 1907, perfectly embody the fire and longing that we associate with Hungarian music, while at the same time remaining original and surprising. Their roots lie unmistakably in the 19th century and especially in the music of Johannes Brahms. The soloist in Hubay’s concerto is Daniel Stabrawa, who has been a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1983 and was appointed 1st concertmaster of the orchestra three years later.

In Schubert’s Fifth Symphony, there is also a relationship to an older model: in this case, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Just a few weeks before composing the symphony, the 19-year-old Schubert praised the “magical sounds of Mozart’s music” in his diary. In his Fifth Symphony, echoes of Mozart’s G minor Symphony No. 40 can be heard in particular: in the floating opening, in the theme of the scherzo, and in the crystalline lightness of the orchestral writing.

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