A happy new year from Ivan Fischer.
I wonder if Ivan Fischer’s aware of the Shofar part in Elgar’s ‘ The Kingdom ‘.
I think it is the Apostles.
Thank you for expanding my education! I’d had no idea that Elgar or anyone else had written for shofar. But is it possible that you meant “The Apostles”? That’s where I see references to it online, rather than The Kingdom.
I can’t believe it! I googled it to be sure and STILL wrote the wrong work!
Thanks for pointing my mistake out.
What year are we in right now?
I keep forgetting — I’m still writing my checks “5777.” (LOL)
That was my dad’s yearly joke.
The cause the Shofar stands for, is one of the most disgusting stories as far as religion is concerned.
An “all loving” God tells a father to kill his son because God wants human sacrifice. And when dad is about to do it, he says, “April fools, just wanted to test your faith”.
Could a more cruel God be imagined?
Sure: one who lets him do it, and then says “haha, I was just fucking with you.”
That’s right. That would be pure evil, hah. God is still a notch above pure evil.
If ANON thinks THAT’s the most disgusting story in religion… she hasn’t looked very far.
I write for 2 shofars in a piece called Seven Angels.
Poor angels, why didn’t you give everyone a shofar?
The other 5 weren’t Jewish.
Haha, that’s racist 😀
Are you joking about the racism because I don’t see it?
How about this concerto
I missed the spoken intro – is he auditioning for a chair in an HIP orchestra?
Perhaps he is an aspiring horn player: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=hYrcYuwh1zw
He says “Happy New Year” in several languages.
Ivan Fischer and the excellent Budapest Festival Orchestra I’ve seen at the Musikverein in 2011. Wonderful conductor and superb orchestra. I watch everything this conductor does with great interest.
He was also great with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. I had some of my most memorable Mahler concerts featuring this man. I like him very much.
Could anyone confirm that he also speak Dutch? I remember watching one of his interviews by the Concertgebouworkest, where he seemed to be speaking Dutch. And it sounded pretty fluent, at least for me, who doesn’t know anything about Dutch. I am curious how many foreign languages does he speak?
I have to say that my shul’s best playerwere better (and held the top note a bit), and our new player held the tekiah gedolah an impressively long time. This one was pretty good though. The long horns always sound better than actual ram’s horns. For a moderately sized shul we are deep in shofar talent.
According to Rabbinic interpretation, the ‘Binding of Isaac’ (not the ‘Sacrifice of Isaac’ as the Christians refer to it), appears in the Book of Genesis as a clear signal that Judaism does not require, nor approve of human sacrifice; this at a time when the ancient Middle Eastern religions were rife with practicing it. Therefore, contrary to some of the ignorant and cynical interpretations posted, it actually is a testimony to a humane Judaism and religion.
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