Ivan Fischer: This is not a time for orchestral music

Ivan Fischer: This is not a time for orchestral music


norman lebrecht

March 16, 2020

The Hungarian conductor has issued a sombre message about the musical shutdown, urging music lovers to stay at home.

From this evening, his Budapest Festival Orchestra will be giving nightly chamber concerts online, under the title Quarantine Soirees.

You can attend the concert here:


  • Monsoon says:

    I’d settle for fireside chats with whatever musical topics Fischer wants to talk about!

  • Ivan Fischer says:

    Thank you and please, listen to the Quarantine Soirees on http://www.bfo.hu and support our musicians. Please, share.

  • Mick the Knife says:

    They recently gave a great concert at Strathmore Hall in Maryland. These chamber music concerts should be a real treat.

  • Ryan says:

    Many thanks to Maestro Fischer and all of the Budapest Festival Orchestra musicians involved in these soirees. Perhaps Norman might retitle this page to reflect their deep generosity and commitment to continuing to make this, in fact, a time for music.

  • Ilio says:

    While your intentions are good, the musicians are at risk for not practicing Social Distancing. Please don’t put them at risk.