Spotlight: Ivan Fischer and Budapest Festival Orchestra

September 10, 2011

   For two years, Ivan Fischer was principal conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra. Yet for all that time, Washington never got to know his most important musical side: his work with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, which he co-founded in 1983 and has led since.

   Fischer’s musical and personal connection with his Budapest orchestra has led to some outstanding recordings and to concerts that are the toast of New York, yet Washington never got to hear them together while he was at the NSO.

   Finally, the Washington Performing Arts Society and the Kennedy Center are helping redress the omission by bringing the group on Oct. 26 to perform Bartok’s second piano concerto, in an all-Hungarian performance with Andras Schiff, and Schubert’s Ninth Symphony.

— Anne Midgette

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