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Adam Fischer   (Born 1949)

conductor

The Hungarian-born Adam Fischer originates from Budapest and began his studies of conducting and composition at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of his home town. Further studies were completed with the legendary Hans Swarovsky in Vienna.

Adam Fischer regularly conducts at all the major opera houses in Europe and the USA. In 1973 he began collaborating with the Wiener Staatsoper, where he has conducted many performances and highly successful premieres. In 1984 he made his début at the Paris Opera (Der Rosenkavalier) and in 1986 at La Scala in Milan (The Magic Flute). In 1994 he made his début at the Metropolitan Opera New York with Otello. As of 2001 Adam Fischer also holds the position of General Music Director at the National Theatre of Mannheim. In 2001 he gave his premiere performance of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen at Bayreuth. These performances were met with outstanding international media acclaim, which culminated in his being named “Conductor of the Year" in 2002 by the German periodical Opernwelt.

On the concert stage Adam Fischer is also a welcome guest of many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Royal Philharmonic, Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra as well as both the Hungarian National Philharmonic and the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

In 1987 Adam Fischer was co-founder of the Haydn Festival Eisenstadt in Austria. On this occasion he also founded the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra with which he continues to collaborate closely today. Apart from concert and opera performances at the Haydn Festival Eisenstadt they have also recorded the complete symphonies of Joseph Haydn in the authentic Haydn Hall of the Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt. This complete cycle was recorded by Nimbus Records.

As of 1998 he is Principal Conductor of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra in Copenhagen, with which he is at present recording all the opere serie of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mitridate, Lucio Silla, Il Re Pastore and Idomeneo have already been released; and La Clemenza di Tito will follow later.

Live Dates

10/10/2013   Adam Fischer and his Danish orchestra present exclusive Mozart box set
The Danish National Chamber Orchestra and conductor Adam Fischer release 45 Mozart symphonies in an exclusive box set
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03/03/2014   Reingehört

W.A. Mozart 45 symfonier
5/5 Stars

"Wir brauchen dringend eine Mozart-Renaissance!"
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01/03/2014   Fono Forum

W.A. Mozart: 45 Symphonies
5/5 Stars

"Witz, überraschungsfähigkeit und Frische."
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01/01/2014   www.ionarts.blogspot.com

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 2
BEST OF 2013: "Extraordinarily spirited playing.", "With Fischer, it’s fun, if not rapturous going throughout.", "Splendid, nifty liner notes and presentation round off this most enjoyable release."
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27/12/2013   Weekendavisen

W.A. Mozart: 45 Symphonies
"Amadeus i stråleglans", "En velsignet overflod."
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18/12/2013   Kleine Zeitung

W.A. Mozart: 45 Symphonies
"Lebhaft, griffig, farbig und kontrastreich."
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17/12/2013   Information

W.A. Mozart: 45 Symphonies
"Denne ophidsende, hviskende, jublende, grædende og elektrificerede Mozart-klang har formodentlig ikke sin lige nogen steder på kloden... Hør, hør, hør Fischers Mozart!"
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01/12/2013   www.crescendo.de

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 11
"Es gelingt ihm [Adam Fischer] auch in diesen beiden populären Werken neue Akzente der Frische und einer "historisch orientierten" Schlagkraft und Transparenz zu setzen.", "Eine spannende Frischzellenkur."
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01/12/2013   Kulturspiegel

Wolgang Amadeus Mozart: Symfonier Vol. 12
Geschafft! Adam Fischer suchte in seiner Gesamtaufnahme von Mozarts Symphonien mit dem Dänischen Kammerorchester einen Klang wie zu Mozarts Zeit: spritzig oder lyrisch, aber nie verbissen. So drängen sich in der g-Moll-Symphonie die Emotionen, und die Jupiter-Symphonie wird zum heiter-knalligen Silvesterfeuerwerk.
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13/11/2013   MusicWeb International

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 10
RECORDING OF THE MONTH: "[Fischer] demonstrates a gain in clarity of texture and argument without any loss of impact. A fresh perspective on chamber orchestra Mozart symphonies."
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06/11/2013   Kristeligt Dagblad

W.A. Mozart: 45 Symphonies
4/6 Stars

"Mozart bliver spillet med gnist og glæde.", "En stor cadeau til hele holdet bag det fornemme produkt!"
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01/11/2013   Gramophone

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 1 & Vol. 10
Vol. 1 & Vol. 10: "I haven't heard the other volumes issued but I'll be keeping an eye out for them. Bohm (DG), Harnoncourt (Warner) and Levine (DG) now have a keen rival. Fischer is edging in alongside them."
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29/10/2013   JC Klassisk (John Christiansens blog)

W.A. MOZART: 45 Symphonies
5/5 Stars

"Adam Fischers og DR UnderholdningsOrkestrets indspilning af Mozarts symfonier er en begivenhed af internationalt format."
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02/10/2013   PIZZICATO SUPERSONIC AWARD

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 2
"Eine absolut hörenswerte und mitreißende Interpretation", "Fischer und seine Musiker zeigen, dass selbst bei Mozarts Frühwerken noch viel luft nach oben ist und dass es hier noch sehr viel zu entdecken gibt."
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01/10/2013   BBC Music Magazine

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 2
5/5 Stars

PERFORMANCE: 5/5. RECORDING: 5/5. "Outstanding quality in terms of tempo choice, in strumental balance, fresh characterisation of notes and sheer overall vigour."
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16/09/2013   Classic FM (UK)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 1
ALBUM OF THE WEEK. "The polished playing on modern instruments of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra is bright and breezy and the recording is crisp and sparkling with every detail audible."
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01/09/2013   Gramophone

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 2
"You can imagine the composer smiling in approval.", "If you want these symphonies on modern instruments, played with élan, sensitivity (not least in the exquisitely realised Andante of K43) and a palpable sense of enjoyment, Fischer is your man."
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01/09/2013   International Record Review

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 2
”Fischer judges pace and weight admirably… These are lively and attractive works played with wit and assurance.”
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21/08/2013   Kristeligt Dagblad

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 1 and Vol. 10
Vol. 1: "Det er tindrende herlig, ungdommelig musik, fremført med fynd og klem af DRUO". Vol. 10: "Veloplagte, næsten friskfyragtige fortolkninger."
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03/07/2013   David's Review Corner

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 10
"The most highly charged performances of the two popular works that we have on disc."
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04/03/2013   Fanfare

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies, Vol. 9
"This was one of those discs that, when I received it for review, I was both excited and dismayed."
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11/02/2013   Gramophone

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies, Vol. 9
"Fischer’s pliancy of phrase and range of micro-dynamics within an overall sotto voce [...] are as impressive as his imperious opening movement and virtuoso finale."
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02/02/2013   Audiophile Audition

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies, Vol. 9
"Controlled reverberation and excellent speaker balance in the Super Audio."
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01/05/2012   Gramophone

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo, re di Creta
"The cast is uniformly good, and Fischer's dramatic pacing, characterisation and care for orchestral colour and nuance are second to none."
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16/01/2012   OPUS

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 3
5/6 Stars

"Spelet är så smittande och positivt att Mozart måste le i sin himmel"
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05/03/2011   Klassik.com

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo, re di Creta
"Adam Fischer malt mit feinem Pinsel, sein Interesse gilt - bei aller ‚Wildheit‘ - eher Nuancen als großspurigen, volltönenden Gesten."
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25/02/2011   Fanfare

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo, re di Creta
"Adam Fischer understands that Mozart's music should be elegant ... this is a good release."
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01/02/2011   Orpheus

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo, re di Creta
"Einer sehr homogenen Vokalbesetzung."
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01/02/2011   Fono Forum

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 8
4/5 Stars

"Der Fortsetzung dieses Zyklus darf man erwartungsfroh entgegensehen."
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01/01/2011   Kultur Spiegel

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 8
"Schönen Entdeckungen"
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01/01/2011   Classics Today

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 8
"These performances are excellent of their type"
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11/11/2010   MusicWeb

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo, re di Creta
"Historically astute, sensitive and absorbing … recorded to the highest of modern standards and beautifully presented."
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04/10/2010   DR P2

DR P2 Prize 2010 – Danish Orchestral Release of the Year Nominee

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29/09/2010   Diapason

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mitridate re di Ponto
4 Stars

"Henriette Bonde-Hansen est une Aspasia lumineuse, au phrase immaculé, Lisa Larsson la plus délicieuse des Ismene, Maria Fontosh un Sifare vibrant, Sine Bundgaard un Arbate de jolie couleur, et la mezzo Kristina Hammarström un Farnace juvenile."
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01/06/2010   Gramophone

W.A. Mozart: Mitridate
"I shall be surprised to hear a more satisfying Mozart opera recording any time soon".
RECORDING OF THE MONTH - June 2010
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08/03/2010   Classics Today

W.A. Mozart: Mitridate re di Ponto
“This set is a winner.”
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03/03/2010   Fono Forum

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mitridate re di Ponto
4/5 Stars

"Interpretatorische Wellness"
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01/03/2010   Fono Forum

W.A. Mozart Symfonier Vol. 4
4/5 Stars

Das Dänische Kammerorchester macht das alles zwar anstandslos mit,
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22/02/2010   Audiophile Audition

W.A. Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 4
4 Stars

"Wonderfully ebullient and attention-grabbing"
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01/02/2010   BBC Music Magazine

W.A. Mozart: Symphonies vol. 7
4½ Stars

“First-rate CD … played in a way that makes me want to listen to them again.”
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12/01/2010   Classics Today

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 4
"If you’re looking for some top-notch early Mozart symphonies in terrific sound, make this series a priority."
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12/12/2009   Classics Today

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 7
"As with previous releases in this cycle, the performances are as fine as this music has ever received."
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02/11/2009   Klassik.com

W.A. Mozart: Symfonier Vol. 4
3/4 Stars

"So faszinierend und expressiv das Umfeld auch musikalisch gestaltet ist."
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01/06/2008   Classics Today

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Lucio Silla
"There are several performances of this opera available, and this new one turns out to be the best all around."
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06/11/2007   Classics Today

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphonies Vol. 5
"Those desiring period Mozart will find much to enjoy in this release."
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Photo: Lukas Beck

Discography

45 Symphonies
45 Symphonies
W.A. Mozart

CD 8.201201 (2013)

Label: DRS (distributed by Dacapo)

Symphonies Vol. 11
Symphonies Vol. 11
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220546 (2013)

Symphonies Vol. 12
Symphonies Vol. 12
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220639 (2013)

Symphonies Vol. 1
Symphonies Vol. 1
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220536 (2013)

Symphony no. 1 and four other early symphonies by the child prodigy. Follow his amazing life right from the beginning

Symphonies Vol. 10
Symphonies Vol. 10
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220545 (2013)

Two of Mozart’s mature masterpieces: Symphonies 35 and 38, better known as the Haffner and Prague symphonies

Symphonies Vol. 2
Symphonies Vol. 2
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220537 (2013)

Mozart’s Symphonies 6-8 as well as two unnumbered works from the same period. Adam Fischer gives new format to the early symphonies

Symphonies Vol. 9
Symphonies Vol. 9
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220544 (2012)

Mozart’s famous Paris Symphony (no. 31) in two versions, as well as Symphonies 33-34

Symphonies Vol. 3
Symphonies Vol. 3
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220538 (2011)

Symphonies Vol. 8
Symphonies Vol. 8
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220543 (2010)

The Danish National Chamber Orchestra and Adam Fischer have developed a unique – and widely acclaimed – Mozart sound

Idomeneo, re di Creta
Idomeneo, re di Creta
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220586-89 (2010)

Adam Fischer’s sparkling Idomeneo includes the original ballet music in the complete recording of Mozart’s opera seria

Mitridate re di Ponto
Mitridate re di Ponto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220580-82 (2009)

Symphonies Vol. 4
Symphonies Vol. 4
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220539 (2009)

Symphonies Vol. 7
Symphonies Vol. 7
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220542 (2009)

Symphonies 22-27 in spectacular SACD sound

Lucio Silla
Lucio Silla
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

CD 8.226069-71 (2008)

Symphonies Vol. 6
Symphonies Vol. 6
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220541 (2007)

Symphonies 19-21 and 26 by the teenage genius from Salzburg

Serenades and Romances
Serenades and Romances
Nielsen, Weyse, Lange-Müller, Kunzen

CD 8.226012 (2007)

Smiles and longings of a summer night embodied by the young tenor Mathias Hedegaard

Symphonies Vol. 5
Symphonies Vol. 5
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

SACD 6.220540 (2007)

Symphonies 15-18 by the young Mozart, bursting with Italian inspiration


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