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
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  • 1.
    Denes Kovacs, Vol. 1 / Various
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 8101 Release Date: 02/07/2020   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Dénes Kovács,  Maria Balint,  Miklós Perényi,  Aniko Szegedi
    Conductor:  Miklós Erdélyi,  János Ferencsik,  Gyula Németh,  Andras Korody  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hungarian State Orchestra,  Hungarian Radio And Television Symphony Orchestra
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    Haydn: Nelson Mass; Schubert: Mass In G
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002392302 Release Date: 10/16/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Maria Stader,  Victor von Halem,  Sándor Margittay,  Ernst Haefliger  ... 
    Conductor:  János Ferencsik,  Claudio Abbado
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    Sviatoslav Richter - Complete Decca, Philips & DG Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002236002 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Mikhail Kopelman,  Valentin Berlinsky,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Wislocki,  Kurt Sanderling,  Witold Rowicki,  János Ferencsik  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moragues Woodwind Quintet members,  Borodin String Quartet,  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 1116167 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Margaret Urquhart,  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Marten Boeken,  Remy Baudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden,  Paul Freeman,  János Ferencsik,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Academy,  Musica Amphion,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 5.
    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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  • 6.
    Richter In Hungary (1954-1993)
    Label: Budapest Music Center/Bmc (Hungary)   Catalog: 171 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Various
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  János Ferencsik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 7.
    Bartók: Complete Violin Works / Gertler
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3924 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Diane Andersen,  André Gertler,  François-Xavier Roth,  Milan Etlík  ... 
    Conductor:  János Ferencsik,  Karel Ancerl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 8.
    Legendary Treasures - Monique De La Bruchollerie Vol 1
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7842 Release Date: 05/23/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  César Franck,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Monique de la Bruchollerie
    Conductor:  Jonel Perlea,  János Ferencsik,  Bernhard Paumgartner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Colonne Concerts Orchestra,  Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra,  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica
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    Holmboe: Cello Concerto, Benedic Domino, Etc
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 78 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vagn Holmboe
    Performer:  Christer Palm,  Anders Garpered,  Kent Jonsson,  Christian Lindberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Per Enevold,  János Ferencsik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Brass Quintet,  Camerata Chamber Choir,  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
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