For seven years, the Austro-Hungarian conductor Adam Fischer has been working with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, performing and recording the symphonies of W.A. Mozart in Copenhagen. This autumn, the project concludes with the release of a new CD box set of all 12 CDs with 45 symphonies, including eight unnumbered works from the composer’s youth. Fischer and his Danish players will bring the new box set to their concerts at the Wiener Konzerthaus and will celebrate the release with a reception on 15 October prior to two concerts on 16 and 17 October.
Time and space for marvellous Mozart
Since 1998 Adam Fischer has been the chief conductor of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra. The orchestra’s calm Scandinavian pace of life has given the famous conductor a necessary counterbalance to his busy concert and touring schedule around the world: in Copenhagen Fischer is able to work in depth, which remains a high priority for the conductor. The combination of Adam Fischer and the 42 Danish musicians means time and space to think, to develop powerful ideas and to focus on even the smallest details of the music.
A "Danish" Mozart
In the Nordic countries, Mozart has always been part of good taste, and in Denmark in particular the nurturing of the classical concert repertoire has proud traditions. In 1811, the composer’s widow Constanze Mozart reported from Copenhagen: “Mozart’s works are nowhere better performed than in this capital, when it comes to the orchestra.” Mrs. Mozart was speaking of the Royal Danish Orchestra, which was the capital’s only symphony orchestra at the time. Today, however, there is no doubt that the Danish National Chamber Orchestra – founded in 1937 – has been re-defining itself over recent decades and has developed into one of Europe’s leading ensembles for the Viennese repertoire.
A radical approach
For Adam Fischer, the intensive work on Mozart’s music with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra has involved finding a balance between a historically authentic style and the power of a modern orchestra. His radical approach to the music has been noted by many critics, including the reviewer on England’s Classic FM, who stated in September 2013 on Vol. 1 in the CD series: “The polished playing on modern instruments of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra is bright and breezy.” The American music daily ClassicsToday.com, which has given top marks (10/10) to Fischer and the DNCO, even states that “these performances are as fine as the music ever received”.
Press quotes about Fischer’s Mozart CD series with the DNCO
”Fischer directs his trim, precise Danish band with verve and imagination (… ) You can imagine the composer smiling in approval (... )If you want these symphonies on modern instruments, played with élan, sensitivity and palpable sense of enjoyment, Fischer is your man.” Gramophone September 2013
“I shall be surprised to hear a more satisfying Mozart recording any time soon.”
Gramophone RECORDING OF THE MONTH – June 2010
“First-rate CD … played in a way that makes me want to listen to them again.”
BBC Music Magazine
“As with previous releases in this cycle, the performances are as fine as this music has ever received.”
10/10 Classics Today, USA
“Wonderfully ebullient and attention-grabbing”
Audiophile Audition, USA
“Adam Fischer understands that Mozart’s music should be elegant” Fanfare, USA
“Historically astute, sensitive and absorbing … recorded to the highest of modern standards and beautifully presented.” MusicWeb International, UK