Today's Classical Music Video

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Fischer and Feidman Play Piazzolla

There are few conductors around today with as much imagination and intellectual curiosity as Ivan Fischer. Every concert or opera he conducts shows meticulous preparation but also unique insights. On top of that he has created one of the world's best orchestras. The Budapest Festival Orchestra is a hand-picked ensemble that probably rehearses more intensively than any other orchestra. It is a wonderful orchestra and under Fischer's leadership has made dozens of first-class recordings.

This video was made at an outdoor concert in Budapest in 2007. The music is by Piazzolla - his Libertango los pajaros - and the soloist is a remarkable man who bridges the worlds of classical music and klezmer. Giora Feidman was born in Argentina but grew up in Israel and played in the Israel Philharmonic for 20 years. He is a virtuoso on his instrument but plays with a freedom typical of klezmer and jazz. Visit his website at

Paul E. Robinson

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