“Fischer delved deeply into the music and coaxed a nuanced performance from his forces. His interpretation was perceptive and thoughtful and captured the immensity of the score…. this was the kind of performance by the Utah Symphony that would have been unimaginable a few years ago. In his brief time as music director here Fischer has whipped his players into shape and raised the bar considerably higher than it has ever been. This has proven to be a fortuitous collaboration that promises even greater things.
The high standard of playing Fischer expects from his orchestra was also evident in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1. Seldom has an early work by Beethoven been executed better than it was Friday. The orchestra played with crisp articulation and finely honed phrasings, and Fischer once again elicited delightfully nuanced playing from his ensemble. It was a memorable end to Fischer’s season-long Beethoven cycle.”
Reichel Recommends, May 2012