Adam Fischer and The Danish Chamber Orchestra in London, arranged and invited by Armel Opera Festival
29. August 2016
Over the last 18 years, the much sought after Hungarian conductor Adam Fischer has refined his outstanding collaboration with the Danish Chamber Orchestra. On October 23rd the orchestra and Adam Fischer was invited by Armel Opera Festival to present their dramatic interpretation of Mozart and Beethoven at an exclusive concert at the Hackney Empire Theatre. The concert was a memorial concert for the 1956 Hungarian Revolution arranged by the Armel Opera Festival.
When Hackney Theatre opened its doors for a guest concert with The Danish Chamber Orchestra and their long-standing principal conductor Adam Fischer, expectations were high. Their interpretation of Mozart is met with respect worldwide, and in 2015 their recordings of Mozart’s symphonies received the international music critics’ ICMA award for the best classical anthology of the year.
At the concert Fischer and his Danish chamber orchestra presented Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Mozart’s Symphony no. 38 “Prague” and Mozart’s Symphony no. 41 “Jupiter”. The audience was overwhelmed by the energetic and emotional interpretation, and Adam Fischer and his orchestra received standing applause.
The music that became synonymous with the Hungarian Uprising
The Danish Chamber Orchestra and its principal conductor Adam Fischer are currently recording Beethoven’s symphonies. Their work with Beethoven is just as uncompromising as the orchestra’s achievement with Mozart. At this concert, however, focus was not on the symphonies but on Beethoven’s Egmont Overture. Under the Hungarian Uprising in 1956, Beethoven’s majestic Egmont Overture was a musical rallying point for the revolt against the Soviet Union. During the final days of the uprising The Hungarian National Radio played the overture continuously. Even today Beethoven’s overture symbolizes the Hungarian struggle against the Soviet Union. It is therefore appropriate to include a performance of this work on this occasion.
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The Hungarian-born Adam Fischer originates from Budapest and began studying conducting and composition at the Liszt Ferenc Academy in his home town. He studied further with the legendary Hans Swarovsky in Vienna.
In 1998 he became Principal Conductor of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra in Copenhagen, with which he has recorded all ‘seria operas’ and all symphonies by Mozart. This recording won an International Classical Music Award.
On the concert stage Adam Fischer is a welcome guest of many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Tonhalle-Orchestra Zürich, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan as well as the Orchestre de Paris and both the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Adam Fischer is Artistic Director and founder of the annual Wagner Festival in Budapest. He was co-founder of the Haydn Festival Eisenstadt in Austria and founded the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra, with which he continues to work. Adam Fischer has received a large number of awards for his recordings.