István Kertész

Biography

Born: August 28, 1929; Budapest, Hungary   Died: April 16, 1973; Tel Aviv, Israel  
An inordinately gifted conductor, István Kertész died at age 43 in a tragic drowning off the Israeli coast. He had already reached full maturity as a musician, proving his worth in opera, oratorio, and the symphonic repertory. His interests were wide-ranging, including works from the Classical and Romantic periods and large portions of twentieth century music.

Beginning with private lessons in childhood, Kertész studied piano and violin.
Read more He continued with violin training at the Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest, adding composition under the supervision of such teachers as Weiner and Kodály. He pursued his conducting studies with László Somogyi, at the same time benefiting from studying the performances of Otto Klemperer, who was then working at the Hungarian State Opera. In 1953, Kertész was appointed resident conductor at Györ, two years later transferring his activities to Budapest, where he was hired as coach and conductor. Following the political uprising and Soviet response in 1956, Kertész moved with his family to Germany, subsequently acquiring German citizenship.

From 1958 to 1963, Kertész was general music director at Augsburg. His British debut took place with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 1960, followed by appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra in 1961. His American debut came with a tour with the NDR Symphony Orchestra in 1961, during which he made a positive impression on American audiences and critics alike. An appointment as general music director in Cologne came in 1964 and 1966 brought both a Covent Garden debut, directing Un ballo in maschera. A global tour with the London Symphony Orchestra led to his succeeding Pierre Monteux as LSO principal conductor in 1966. In 1971, he became music director of Cologne's Gürzenich-Orchester, a position he held until his death two years later.

Kertész was decidedly non-interventionist as a conductor. With scrupulous attention to the composer's directions, his interpretations were more remarkable for sound musicianship than for striking individualism. Still, his performances often held high drama, and he was intentional about advocacy of works he believed in, which, in light of his broad interests, were numerous. At Cologne, he presented the German premiere of Verdi's Stiffelio as well as Mozart's La clemenza di Tito (a work he recorded in its first complete edition on disc).

For Decca, Kertész recorded a superb Bluebeard's Castle with Christa Ludwig and Walter Berry, still unsurpassed after several decades. His complete recordings of the Dvorák, Brahms, and Schubert symphonies still enjoy honorable places among the best versions committed to disc. The first Western recording of Kodály's Háry János (the complete opera) was made with the London Symphony under Kertész's direction. The Decca label coupling of Dvorák's Requiem and Kodály's Psalmus Hungaricus is another fitting tribute to a superb artist too soon departed.

In addition to Bartók, Kertész was an indefatigable champion of works by Stravinsky, Henze, and Britten. Britten's Billy Budd was first presented to German audiences under Kertész's baton and he directed the first performance of the War Requiem heard in Vienna. For Ravinia Festival audiences, Kertész directed the War Requiem with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus shortly before his death. With soloists Phyllis Curtin, Robert Tear, and John Shirley-Quirk, the conductor's shattering interpretation left audience members limp. Read less

Biography

Born: August 28, 1929; Budapest, Hungary   Died: April 16, 1973; Tel Aviv, Israel  
An inordinately gifted conductor, István Kertész died at age 43 in a tragic drowning off the Israeli coast. He had already reached full maturity as a musician, proving his worth in opera, oratorio, and the symphonic repertory. His interests were wide-ranging, including works from the Classical and Romantic periods and large portions of twentieth century music.

Beginning with private lessons in childhood, Kertész studied piano and violin.
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Finale: Allegro moderato
Introduction & Overture
The Hussar's Flute Solo
The Old Woman
The Jewish Family
The Hungarian Girls
Örzse's Song: Sej! verd meg Isten
Duet - Red Apple: Piros alma leesett a sárba
Uncle Marczi's Drinking Song: ó, mely sok hal
Love Duet: Tiszán innen, Dunán túl
Intermezzo
Cuckoo Song: Ku- ku- kukuskám
The Wild Stallion
The Viennese Musical Clock
Örsze's Love Song: Hogyan tudtál rószám
Chicken Song: Hej két tikom tavali
Soldiers' Chorus: ébresztö Férfikar
Entry of the French
Entry of Napoleon
Funeral March
Napoleon's Song: óh te vén sü-lü-lü-lü
Gipsy Music
Bombazine's Song: A jó lovas katonátak
Song of the Hussar (Toborzó): A jó lovas katonának
Duet with Chorus: Gyútottam gyertyát
Entry of the Emperor
Entry and Song of the Princes: á, bé, cé, dé
Exit of the Princes
Örsze's Song: Szegény vagyok
Háry's Song: Felszántom a császár udvarát
Finale: Szegény derék, magyar nép
Mikoron Dávid nagy búsultában
Keserusegem
Te azért lelkem
Igaz vagy Uram
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 - "Jeunehomme" - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 - "Jeunehomme" - 2. Andantino
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 - "Jeunehomme" - 3. Rondeau (Presto)
Overture
"Son nov'ore"
"Bella siccome un angelo"
"Ah! Un foco insolito"
Son rinato ... Prender moglie? ... Due parole ancor
Quel guardo di cavaliere ... So anch'io la virtů magica
E il dottor non si vede!...Pronta io son
Mi volete fiera?
Preludio ... Povero Ernesto!
"Cercherň lontana terra"
Quando avrete introdotto ... Via, da brava
"Non abbiate paura"
Fra da una parte ... Ah, figliuol, non mi far scene
"E'rimasto lŕ imprietrato"
Riunita immantimente ... Son tradito
"I diamanti, presto, presto"
Vediamo: alla modista ... Signorina in tanta fretta
Parto adunque. Parto pure ... Via, caro sposino
"Qualche notta di cuffie"
Che interminabile andirivieni ... Quel nepotino
"Siamo intesi"
Cheti, cheti, immantimente ... Aspetta, aspetta
"Com'č gentil"
"Tornami a dir"
"Eccoli: attendi ben..."
"La morale in tutto questo"
No.3 in A flat (Poco allegro)
No.8 in G minor (Presto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat, K.595 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat, K.595 - 2. Larghetto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat, K.595 - 3. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.26 in D, K.537 "Coronation" - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.26 in D, K.537 "Coronation" - 2. (Larghetto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.26 in D, K.537 "Coronation" - 3. (Allegretto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 3. Allegro assai
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 1. (Allegro)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 2. Larghetto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 3. (Allegretto)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Adagio
3. Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivace
4. Allegro ma non troppo
1. Adagio - Allegro molto
2. Largo
3. Scherzo (Molto vivace)
4. Allegro con fuoco
Allegro
Andante
Allegro-Rondo (Allegro)
1. Allegro molto moderato
2. Adagio
3. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Quasi presto - Andante maestoso
1. Allegro affettuoso
2. Intermezzo (Andantino grazioso)
3. Allegro vivace
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.8 in C, K.246 "Lützow" - 1. Allegro aperto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.8 in C, K.246 "Lützow" - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.8 in C, K.246 "Lützow" - 3. Rondeau (Tempo di menuetto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 - "Jeunehomme" - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 - "Jeunehomme" - 2. Andantino
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 - "Jeunehomme" - 3. Rondeau (Presto)
1. Allegro
2. (Larghetto)
3. (Allegretto)
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Allegro assai
1. (Allegro)
2. Larghetto
3. (Allegretto)
Requiem aeternam
Graduale
Dies irae
Tuba mirum
Quid sum miser
Recordare, Jesu pie
Confutatis maledictis
Lacrimosa
Offertorium (Domine, Jesu Christe)
Hostias
Sanctus
Pie Jesu
Agnus Dei
Mikoron Dávid nagy búsultában
Keserusegem
Te azért lelkem
Igaz vagy Uram
Allegro
Andante
Allegro-Rondo (Allegro)
1. Allegro molto
2. Andante
3. Allegro molto
Allegro non troppo
Andante con moto
Rondo (Allegro molto)
Rossini: Stabat Mater - 1. Stabat Mater dolorosa
Rossini: Stabat Mater - 2. Cujus animam gementem
Rossini: Stabat Mater - 3. Quis est homo qui non fleret
Rossini: Stabat Mater - 4. Pro peccatis suae gentis
Rossini: Stabat Mater - 5. Eja Mater fons amoris
Rossini: Stabat Mater - 6. Sancta Mater istud agas
Rossini: Stabat Mater - 7. Fac ut portem Christi mortem
Rossini: Stabat Mater - 8. Inflammatus et accensus
Rossini: Stabat Mater - 9. Quando corpus morietur
Rossini: Stabat Mater - 10. Amen
1. Maestoso - Allegro
2. Adagio di molto
3. Allegretto
4. Finale (Allegro animato)
1. Allegro con moto
2. Poco adagio
3. Scherzo (Allegro con brio)
4. Finale (Allegro con fuoco)
1. Allegro moderato
2. Adagio molto, tempo di marcia
3. Finale (Allegro vivace)
1. Allegro
2. Andante sostenuto e molto cantabile
3. Scherzo (Allegro feroce)
4. Finale (Allegro con brio)
1. Allegro, ma non troppo
2. Andante con moto
3. Scherzo. Allegro scherzando
4. Allegro molto
1. Allegro non tanto
2. Adagio
3. Scherzo (Furiant: Presto)
4. Finale (Allegro con spirito)
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Poco adagio
3. Scherzo (Vivace)
4. Finale (Allegro)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Adagio
3. Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivace
4. Allegro ma non troppo
1. Adagio - Allegro molto
2. Largo
3. Scherzo (Molto vivace)
4. Allegro con fuoco
1. Adagio - Allegro vivace
2. Andante
3. Allegro
4. Allegro vivace
1. Largo - Allegro vivace
2. Andante
3. Menuetto (Allegro vivace)
4. Presto
1. Adagio molto - Allegro vivace
2. Andante
3. Menuetto (Allegro vivace)
4. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Andante con moto
3. Menuetto (Allegro molto)
4. Allegro vivace
1. Adagio - Allegro
2. Andante
3. Scherzo (Presto)
4. Allegro moderato
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante con moto
1. Adagio maestoso - Allegro con brio
2. Allegretto
3. Menuetto (Vivace)
4. Presto. Vivace
1. Andante - Allegro ma non troppo
2. Andante con moto
3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
4. Allegro vivace
Mozart: Dir, Seele des Weltalls, K.429 - 1. "Dir, Seele des Weltalls"
Mozart: Dir, Seele des Weltalls, K.429 - 2. "Dir danken wir die Freude"
Mozart: Laut verkünde unsre Freude, K.623 - 1a. Coro - "Laute verkünde unsre Freude"
Mozart: Laut verkünde unsre Freude, K.623 - 2ab: Recit: "Zum ersten Male"; Aria: "Dieser Gottheit"
Mozart: Laut verkünde unsre Freude, K.623 - 3/4: Recit/Duo: "Wohlan, ihr Brüder...Lange sollen..."
Mozart: Laut verkünde unsre Freude, K.623 - 5. Allegro: "Laut verkünde unsre Freude"
Rossini: Stabat Mater - 1. Stabat Mater dolorosa
Rossini: Stabat Mater - 2. Cujus animam gementem
Rossini: Stabat Mater - 3. Quis est homo qui non fleret
Rossini: Stabat Mater - 4. Pro peccatis suae gentis
Rossini: Stabat Mater - 5. Eja Mater fons amoris
Rossini: Stabat Mater - 6. Sancta Mater istud agas
Rossini: Stabat Mater - 7. Fac ut portem Christi mortem
Rossini: Stabat Mater - 8. Inflammatus et accensus
Rossini: Stabat Mater - 9. Quando corpus morietur
Rossini: Stabat Mater - 10. Amen


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