Album: Beethoven, Symphonies 4 & 6 – BF0 / Fischer (Channel Classics)

Anna Picard
Sunday 24 October 2010 00:00 BST

The strings are plumper than we've come to expect from recent Beethoven cycles but the Budapest Festival Orchestra can still deliver at the composer's original metronome markings.

Conductor Iván Fischer only invokes fevered revolution at certain moments and elsewhere concentrates on well-argued phrases and a general sense of wonderment. Is wonderment enough? Woodwind and brass detailing is excellent throughout, while the sublime close leaves you itching to hear Fischer's Seventh.

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in