Beethoven Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’ & Coriolan Overture

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer


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Continuing his cycle of Beethoven’s Symphonies with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer presents Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’ paired with the Coriolan Overture.

The album is Exclusively Available from NativeDSD in Stereo and 5 Channel Surround Sound DSD 256, DSD 128 and DXD plus Stereo DSD 512.

These warhorses of the symphonic repertoire showcase how Beethoven writes not only dramatically, but also profoundly lyrically.

Fischer’s process of recording the cycle has been notably drawn out, having first insisted on performing and touring the music with his outstanding orchestra before committing to a studio recording.

Previous releases from Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra at NativeDSD feature Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7 . They have been roundly praised, with The Guardian saying “the performance of the Seventh ranks, without question, among the greatest ever recorded. Utterly compelling.”

Iván Fischer, Conductor
Budapest Festival Orchestra


Please note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Symphony no. 3 in Eb - Allegro con Brio
Symphony no. 3 in Eb - Marcia Funebre. Adagio Assai
Symphony no. 3 in Eb - Scherzo. Allegro Vivace - Trio
Symphony no. 3 in Eb - Finale. Allegro Molto
Coriolan Overture op. 62

Total time: 01:00:10

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Analog to Digital Converter

Horus, Merging Technologies at DXD (352.8 kHz)

Assistant Recording Engineer

Gert Jan Boeke


Van den Hul

Mastering Engineer

Jared Sacks


Brüel & Kjær 4006, Schoeps



Original Recording Format


Rens Heijnis, custom design


Jared Sacks

Recording Engineer

Jared Sacks

Recording Location

Rumbach Street Synagogue, Budapest, Hungary

Release DateApril 5, 2024

Press reviews


In this latest instalment featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’, Fischer demonstrates his trademark “big band” style, characterized by a robust yet nimble approach that avoids any hint of heaviness. The Budapest Festival Orchestra’s performance under his direction is nothing short of stellar, with a remarkable level of unanimity and precision that speaks volumes about Fischer’s rapport with his players and his intensive rehearsal technique.


What truly sets this recording apart is its astonishing textural clarity and scrupulous attention to detail. Each subtlety of Beethoven’s score is rendered with striking vividness, enabling listeners to immerse themselves in the music’s intricate complexity and richness.

To complete this disc we are treated to a fiery account of Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture that combines appropriate magisterial grandeur with thrusting dynamism.

Interestingly the venue for this 5.0 DSD recording, made in August 2023, was not the BFO’s usual recording venue, the Palace of Arts, Budapest, but the more intimate acoustic setting of the recently restored Rumbach Street Synagogue in Budapest; an excellent choice judging by the remarkably vivid sound quality on this SACD. In terms of tonal warmth, clarity and a commendably wide soundstage it achieves the peerless sound quality familiar from previous Channel Classics releases.

There is no doubt that Iván Fischer’s much awaited release of Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Symphony is a triumph for all concerned. With its exceptional performance, pristine sound quality, and punctilious approach, it undoubtedly deserves a place among the top recommendations for collectors seeking a definitive and fresh interpretation of this iconic work.

Der Opernfreund

This successful recording not only captures the performance of the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer, but also brings the acoustic beauty of the concert hall to life. The Budapest Festival Orchestra and its long-standing chief conductor and founder are an audibly close-knit community. With every bar, the good understanding can be heard as a living energy of the joy of making music.

The Classic Review

In contrast to the historically informed performances that dominate the contemporary musical landscape, Iván Fischer’s interpretation of Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony and Coriolan Overture presents a distinct contrast. His approach harks back to an earlier interpretative style, offering a welcome alternative for listeners accustomed to the currently prevalent approach. (…) When considered within the context of Fischer’s ongoing Beethoven symphony cycle, this recording stands out for its commitment to a specific sound and interpretative style. While not necessarily groundbreaking, it delivers a highly enjoyable performance that will please collectors following this cycle. For those who already own a more “historically informed” perspective on Beethoven, Fischer’s Eroica offers a welcome departure from the contemporary mainstream.


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