András Kórodi

Biography

Born: May 24, 1922; Budapest, Hungary   Died: September 17, 1986; Venice, Italy  
Andras Korodi was among the more important Hungarian conductors of his generation. While he often conducted the works of Bartók and Kodály, he generally favored twentieth century repertory, as well as the works of Wagner.

Korodi was born in Budapest on May 24, 1922. He showed musical talent as a child; his first serious study came at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, where he studied with iconic Hungarian conductor János Ferencsik. He
Read more also took lessons in composition there with composer László Lajtha. Korodi's sympathies were with opera as much as with orchestral music. It is thus no surprise that his first official post was at the Budapest Opera, in 1946, working with the company's singers as their répétiteur. But he also began conducting there at the same time; his debut effort was Kodály's Háry János.

Gradually he built his career, generally balancing opera with symphonic performances. In 1957 he achieved what no previous Hungarian conductor had -- at the invitation of the Bolshoi, he led performances of Bizet's Carmen at the historic Russian opera house. He was appointed principal conductor at the Budapest Opera in 1963, and thereafter distinguished himself with many acclaimed productions, often of new works, like Sándor Szokolay's Blood Wedding, in 1964. He later recorded that opera for Hungaroton Records.

In 1967 he was appointed president/conductor of the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, an ensemble that draws some of its membership from the Budapest Opera Orchestra and performs many of its concerts at the opera house. Korodi remained active for most of the rest of his career, making numerous recordings.

As a teacher at the Budapest Academy beginning in 1957, Korodi had many distinguished students, including conductors Andras Ligeti and Adam Medveczky. Korodi's name is often found today in recordings on budget labels, featuring theme- or mood-titled recordings (Romantic Music for so-and so; Dreamy Music for..., etc.), he also recorded a wide range of solid repertory from Wagner and Liszt to Prokofiev and the Hungarian moderns. Korodi died in Venice, Italy, on September 17, 1986. Read less
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  • 1.
    Franz Liszt: Orchesterwerke
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 7090 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Conductor:  András Kórodi,  Hartmut Haenchen,  János Ferencsik,  Gyula Németh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Orchestra
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    Dinner Classics
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 9063 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Anton Rubinstein,  Edvard Grieg,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  János Bálint,  Deborah Sipkai,  Dénes Várjon  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Bánfalvi,  Janos Kovács,  Emil Tabakov,  Pavel Urbanek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Ensemble
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    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 32260 Release Date: 01/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Sándor Falvay,  Andras Virag,  Dezso Karasszon,  Eva Maros  ... 
    Conductor:  László Dobszay,  János Ferencsik,  Vilmos Komor,  Lászlo Szabó  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schola Hungarica
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    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 11262 Release Date: 04/13/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sándor Szokolay
    Performer:  François Szonyi,  Andre Varhelyi,  Margit Szilvássy,  Eszter Kovács  ... 
    Conductor:  András Kórodi
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    Label: Hungaroton   Catalog: 12552 Release Date: 03/11/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Goldmark
    Conductor:  András Kórodi
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