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Budapest Festival Orchestra Boasts 3D Sound

Posted: Jan. 31st, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

Compared vividly to the effects of 3-D Technology applied instead to sound, the Budapest Festival Orchestra was proud to present several selections from Shotakovich's Suite for Variety Orchestra, Rachmanoff's Symphony No 2 and other beautiful works of auditory art with a performance that left witnesses stunned.

At a time when it seems that every other movie is enhanced with 3-D technology, it is rare to be awed by a stereophonic experience. No glasses were required at Sunday’s concert by the Budapest Festival Orchestra under the direction of Ivan Fischer, who created volleys of sound so vividly three-dimensional that you sometimes had to resist the impulse to duck.

On paper, the program he presented at Avery Fisher Hall promised no great discoveries: selections from Shostakovich’s frothy Suite for Variety Orchestra, Rachmaninoff’s chocolate-box Symphony No. 2 and Bernstein’s bookish “Serenade.”

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