János Ferencsik

Biography

Born: October 18, 1907; Budapest, Hungary   Died: June 12, 1984; Budapest, Hungary  
One of the leading Hungarian conductors of his time (and there were numerous ones), János Ferencsik chose to remain an integral part of Hungarian musical life. While others of the generation between Szell and Reiner, on one hand, and Solti, on the other, elected to become international stars, Ferencsik stayed active and present in Budapest. Exemplary performances of Hungarian music, however, did not preclude stylish work in a broader repertory. Read more Following studies at the Budapest National Conservatory, Ferencsik was engaged as an assistant conductor at the State Opera in 1927, rising to a position of full conductor in 1930. Thereafter, he pursued a double career track as both opera and symphony conductor. In 1930 and 1931, he served as an assistant conductor at Bayreuth, coaching many of the festival's most prominent singers. In the post-WWII period, he conducted at the Vienna Staatsoper from 1948 to 1950, returning in 1964. In 1953, he was made music director of the Budapest Opera, as well as principal conductor of the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, where he remained until the end of his life. Four years later, he led the London Philharmonic Orchestra in his first time conducting in the British Isles. His American debut came in 1962 when he led performances of Carmen, Der Rosenkavalier (with Schwarzkopf), and Falstaff at San Francisco to broad acclaim. To the press, he asserted "In art and love, one must not lie!" Ferencsik returned in 1963 to conduct Rossini's Barber and Mozart's Cosě fan tutte, and in 1977, for a glowing Ariadne auf Naxos with Leontyne Price. At Edinburgh in 1963, Ferencsik brought his Hungarian company to perform a Bartók triptych. Aside from appearances at the Vienna Staatsoper, Ferencsik performed at the city's music festivals and at Salzburg. For his services to Hungarian music, Ferencsik was liberally recognized. Among other honors, he received the Excellence Award and was twice the recipient of the coveted Kossuth Prize. His recorded legacy is substantial, much of it available on budget labels. In addition to a variety of Hungarian compositions, Ferencsik recorded a number of Austro-German works to positive effect. In his later years, he held a professorship at the Franz Liszt Academy Read less

Biography

Born: October 18, 1907; Budapest, Hungary   Died: June 12, 1984; Budapest, Hungary  
One of the leading Hungarian conductors of his time (and there were numerous ones), János Ferencsik chose to remain an integral part of Hungarian musical life. While others of the generation between Szell and Reiner, on one hand, and Solti, on the other, elected to become international stars, Ferencsik stayed active and present in Budapest. Exemplary performances of Hungarian music, however, did not preclude stylish work in a broader repertory. Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
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Liszt: Hungarian Coronation Mass, S.11 - 1. Kyrie
Liszt: Hungarian Coronation Mass, S.11 - 2. Gloria
Liszt: Hungarian Coronation Mass, S.11 - 3. Graduale (Psalm 116)
Liszt: Hungarian Coronation Mass, S.11 - 4. Credo
Liszt: Hungarian Coronation Mass, S.11 - 5. Offertorium
Liszt: Hungarian Coronation Mass, S.11 - 6. Sanctus
Liszt: Hungarian Coronation Mass, S.11 - 7. Benedictus
Liszt: Hungarian Coronation Mass, S.11 - 8. Agnus Dei
Liszt: Missa solemnis zur Einweihung der Basilika in Gran - 1. Kyrie
Liszt: Missa solemnis zur Einweihung der Basilika in Gran - 2. Gloria
Liszt: Missa solemnis zur Einweihung der Basilika in Gran - 3. Credo
Liszt: Missa solemnis zur Einweihung der Basilika in Gran - 4. Sanctus
Liszt: Missa solemnis zur Einweihung der Basilika in Gran - 5. Benedictus
Liszt: Missa solemnis zur Einweihung der Basilika in Gran - 6. Agnus Dei
Part I: Introduction: Arrival of Elizabeth at the Warlburg
Part I: Willkommen die Braut! (Chorus, Hermann)
Part I: So leg' ich dieses theure Pfand (Hungarian Magnate, Chorus)
Part I: Was Vaterliebe treu vermag (Hermann)
Part I: Sieh um dich! (Landgrave Ludwig, Elisabeth)
Part I: Frohliche Spiele (Chorus of the Children) - Willkommen die liebliche Braut (Chorus)
Part I: Landgrave Ludwig: Aus dem Nebel der Thaler erschalle hervor (Landgrave Ludwig)
Part I: Doch sieh, was schimmert (Landgrave Ludwig, Elisabeth)
Part I: Was seh' ich - Rosen! (Ludwig, Elisabeth, Chorus)
Part I: Ihm, der uns diesen Segen gab (Ludwig, Elisabeth, Chorus)
Part I: The Crusaders: Ins heil'ge Land, in's Palmenland (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Versammelt hab'ich meine Treuen (Ludwig, Chorus)
Part I: Leb wohl, mein Weib! (Ludwig, Elisabeth, Chorus)
Part I: Ins heil'ge Land, in's Palmenland (Chorus of the Crusaders)
Part II: Countess Sophie: Herein, herein! Hast du die Botschaft (Sophie, The Seneschal)
Part II: O Tag der Trauer, Tag der Klage! (Elisabeth)
Part II: Entschieden ist Dein Loos (Sophie, Elisabeth, The Seneschal)
Part II: Die Pforte schloss sich hinter ihr, es hullt (The Seneschal, Sophie)
Part II: Elizabeth: Beruhigt ist das Toben (Elisabeth)
Part II: O kindheitstraum! (Elisabeth)
Part II: Interlude: Sempre andante moderato
Part II: Hier wohnt Sie unterm Huttendache (Chorus of the Poor, Elisabeth, Chorus)
Part II: Die Lufte schauern kuhl (Elisabeth)
Part II: Der Schmerz is aus (Chorus of Angels)
Part II: Solemn Burial of Elisabeth: Interlude
Part II: Vereinigt seh' ich um den Thron (Emperor Frederick)
Part II: Mit Trauerkranzen kommen (Chorus of the People)
Part II: Der du im heil'gen Lande (Chorus of the Crusaders)
Part II: Decorata novo flore (Church-Chorus, Hungarian Bishops, German Bishops, The Whole Church-Chorus)
1. Allegro non troppo
2. Allegro appassionato
3. Andante - Piů adagio
4. Allegretto grazioso - Un poco piů presto
Gurrelieder, Part One: Orchestral Prelude
Gurrelieder, Part One: Nun dämfpt die Dämm'rung
Gurrelieder, Part One: O, wenn des Mondes Strahlen
Gurrelieder, Part One: Ross! Mein Ross!
Gurrelieder, Part One: Sterne jubeln
Gurrelieder, Part One: So tanzen die Engel vor Gottes Thron nicht
Gurrelieder, Part One: Nun sag ich dir zum ersten mal
Gurrelieder, Part One: Es ist Mitternachtszeit
Gurrelieder, Part One: Du sendest mir einen Liebesblick
Gurrelieder, Part One: Du wunderliche Tove!
Gurrelieder, Part One: Orchestral interlude
Gurrelieder, Part One: Tauben von Gurre
Gurrelieder, Part Two: Herrgott, weisst du, was du tatest
Suite for String Orchestra (2000 Digital Remaster): IV Gavotte
Suite for String Orchestra (2000 Digital Remaster): V. Gigue


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