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Ferencsik János


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

18th January 1907, Budapest - 12th June 1984, Budapest

One of the leading Hungarian conductors of his time, János Ferencsik was born in Budapest in 1907. He studied composotion from László Lajtha and arrangement from Antal Fleischer at the Budapest National Conservatory, then was engaged as an assistant conductor at the State Opera in 1927, rising to a position of full conductor in 1930. In 1930 and 1931, he served as an assistant conductor at Bayreuth, coaching many of the festival's most prominent singers. He conducted at the Vienna Staatsoper from 1948 to 1950, returning in 1964 (performances of Lohengrin, Aida, La Traviata, Don Carlos, Othello, Tannhäuser, Don Giovanni, Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, Turandot, Boris Godunov, The Flying Dutchman, and Rigoletto were made memorable by him). 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. His American debut came in 1962 when he conducted performances of Carmen, Der Rosenkavalier (with Schwarzkopf), and Falstaff at San Francisco. In 1963 Ferencsik brought his Hungarian company to Edinburgh to perform a Bartók triptych.

Throughout his career Ferencsik conducted concerts all over the world, got invitations to numerous recognized festivals. His repertoire covered the music literature of classicism, romanticism and 20th century symphonic works. He introduced 28 contemporary Hungarian pieces to his audience. Among other honors, he received the Award of Merit in 1952, the Award of Exellence in 1954, he was twice the recipient of the Kossuth Prize (1951, 1961) and the Batrók-Pásztory Award in 1986. His recorded legacy is substantial.

Ferencsik was an outstanding figure of the Hungarian music culture, and gained everlasting merits for promoting Hungarian music in foreign countries. His art is characterised by a firm sense of style and the continuation of the most eminent traditions.

In 1984 he was awarded with Béla Bartók-Ditta Pásztory Prize.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1964 Kodály, Zoltán: Székely fonó
(Kodály, Zoltán: Spinning Room)
Qualiton LPX 1009-10 2 LPs
1966 Haydn, Joseph: A Megváltó hét szava a keresztfán Hob. XX:2
(Haydn, Joseph: The Seven Last Words of Christ Hob. XX:2)
Hungaroton HCD 12199 Reissue of Hungaroton SLPX 12199-200 (1980)
1969 Bozay Attila: Quartetto per archi, Op.9; Variazioni per pianoforte; Op.10; Papírszeletek, Op.5; Pezzo concertanto, Op.11; Pezzo sinfonico, Op.13
(Bozay, Attila: Quartetto per archi, Op.9; Variazioni per pianoforte; Op.10; Paper Slips, Op.5; Pezzo concertanto, Op.11; Pezzo sinfonico, Op.13)
Hungaroton LPX 11412 LP
1972 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Concerti for Two and Three Pianos Hungaroton SLPX 11631 LP
1973 Zeneművek a főváros egyesítésének 100. évfordulójára
(Compositions to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Unification of Budapest)
Hungaroton SLPX 11699 LP
1974 Beethoven, Ludwig van: Symphony No.9 - 2/2 Hungaroton
1977 Liszt Ferenc: Missa solennis Hungaroton LP
1982 Himnusz - Szózat
(Hymnus - Szózat)
Hungaroton SLPX 19133 LP / Reissue on CD: HCD 19133 (1994)
1983 Dávid Gyula: Brácsaverseny; Hegedűverseny; Sinfonietta
(Dávid, Gyula: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra; Sinfonietta)
Hungaroton SLPX 12452 LP
1984 Berlioz, Hector: Fantasztikus szimfónia
(Berlioz, Hector: Symphonie Fantastique)
Hungaroton HCD 12713
1988 Ünnepi Zene Hungaroton SLPX 15082 LP
1988 Kulcs a muzsikához 5: Művészeti korok zenei stílusai Hungaroton
1990 The Best Of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Laserlight 15018
1990 Beethoven, Ludwig van: Symphony No.5 Laserlight 15905
1993 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Koronázási mise K.317/ Schubert: G-dúr mise Hungaroton HCD 12513
1993 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Koronázási mise Delta 14098
1994 Beethoven, Ludvig van: III. "Eroica" szimfónia
(Beethoven, Ludvig van: Symphony No. 3)
Hungaroton HCD 12566 Own
1994 Kodály Zoltán: Háry János - szvit; Concerto Hungaroton HCD 12190 Own
1994 Bartók Béla: A kékszakállú herceg vára
(Bartók, Béla: Bluebeard's Castle)
Hungaroton HCD 11001 Own
1994 Bartók Béla: Négy zenekari darab; 2 rapszódia; Brácsaverseny
(Bartók, Béla: Four Pieces; Rhapsodies; Concerto)
Hungaroton HCD 31050
1994 Bartók Béla: 2 zenekari szvit
(Bartók Béla: Orchestral suites Nos 1,2)
Hungaroton HCD 31045
1994 Bartók Béla: III. zongoraverseny; Allegro barbaro; Szvit Op.14
(Bartók, Béla: Piano Concerto No.3; Allegro barbaro; Suite Op. 14)
Hungaroton HCD 31036 Own
1994 Himnusz - Szózat
(Hymnus - Szózat)
Hungaroton HCD 19133 Reissue of Hungaroton SLPX 19133 (1982)
1994 Kodály Zoltán: Budavári te deum, Missa Brevis Hungaroton HCD 11397
1994 Bartók Béla: A fából faragott királyfi; Táncszvit
(Bartók, Béla: The Wooden Prince; Dance Suite)
Hungaroton HCD 31048
1994 Erkel Ferenc: Bánk bán Hungaroton HCD 11376-77
1994 Puccini, Giacomo: Gianni Schicchi Hungaroton HCD 12541
1995 The Top 100 Masterpieces Of Classical Music Delta 35815 5 CDs
1995 Haydn, Joseph: Harmoniemesse Hungaroton HCD 12360 Own
1995 Prokofjev, Szergej Szergejevics: Péter és a farkas, Ravel: Lúdanyó meséi, Saint-Saens: Az állatok farsangja Hungaroton HCD 32229 First release: SLPM / MK 11816 (LP/MC)
First CD release: CLD 4002 (1995)
1995 Kodály Zoltán: Háry János Hungaroton HCD 12837-38 2 CDs
1995 Bartók Béla: Cantata Profana; Concerto Hungaroton HCD 12759
1996 Kodály Zoltán: Spinning Room Hungaroton HCD 12839-40
1997 Nagy Magyar Énekesek: Simándy József
(Great Hungarian Voices: József Simándy)
Hungaroton HCD 31726
1997 Kodály Zoltán: Orgonás kompozíció
(Zoltán Kodály: Works with organ)
Hungaroton HCD 31682
1997 Bartók Béla: A kékszakállú herceg vára
(Bartók, Béla: Bluebards Castle)
Hungaroton HCD 11486 Own
1999 Farkas Ferenc: Zenekari művek
(Farkas: Works for Orchestra)
Hungaroton HCD 31851
1999 Farkas Ferenc: Kantáták
(Farkas, Ferenc: Cantatas)
Hungaroton HCD 31852
1999 300 Év Tánczene
(300 Years Dance Music)
Hungaroton HRC 1045 Echo Collection
1999 Operanyitányok és Intermezzók
(Opera Overtures and Intermezzos)
Hungaroton HRC 1035 Echo Collection
1999 Haydn, Joseph: Szimfóniák - Merkur / Medve / Üstdob
(Haydn, Joseph: Symphonies - Mercury / The Bear / The Surprise)
Hungaroton HRC 1024 Own
Echo Collection
1999 A bécsi klasszicizmus lassú tételekben III.
(The Vienna Classicism in Slow Moments Vol. 3)
Hungaroton HRC 1049 Echo Collection
1999 A bécsi klasszicizmus lassú tételekben I.
(The Vienna Classicism in Slow Moments Vol. 1)
Hungaroton HRC 1047 Echo Collection
1999 A bécsi klasszicizmus lassú tételekben II.
(The Vienna Classicism in Slow Moments Vol. 2)
Hungaroton HRC 1048 Echo Collection
1999 Népszerű opera balettek
(Famous Opera Ballets)
Hungaroton HRC 1004
2000 Bartók összkiadás - Színpadi művek: A kékszakállú herceg vára; A csodálatos mandarin; A fából faragott királyfi
(Bartók Complete Edition - Bluebards Castle; The Wooden Prince; The Miracoulos Mandarin)
Hungaroton HCD 41002 2 CDs
2000 Bartók összkiadás - Zenekari művek II.
(Bartók Complete Edition - Symphonic Works II.)
Hungaroton HCD 31888-91
2000 Mozart, W. A.: The Best Of W.A. Mozart Laserlight 24465
2000 Bartók összkiadás - Zenekari művek I.
(Bartók Complete Edition - Symphonic Works)
Hungaroton HCD 31884-87
2000 Bizet, Georges: Carmen (részletek) Hungaroton HCD 32026 Great Hungarian Voices Series
2000 Bartók összkiadás - Vokál-szimfonikus művek
(Bartók Complete Edition - Vocal Orchestral Works)
Hungaroton HCD 31883
2000 Népszerű indulók
(Famous Marches)
Hungaroton HRC 1055 Echo Collection
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Énekművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Singers)
Hungaroton HCD 32096-98 3 CDs
2001 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Zongoraversenyek K.246, K.365, K.242
(Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Piano Contertos K.246, K.365, K.242)
Hungaroton HCD 32046
2001 Ismerd meg... Beethoven szimfonikus zenéjét
(Get to Know... Beethoven's Symphonic Music)
Hungaroton HCD 32048
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Karmesterek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Conductors, 1951-2001)
Hungaroton HCD 32074-77 4 CDs
2001 Versenyművek
Hungaroton HCD 31989
2001 Liszt Ferenc: Kantáták és himnuszok
(Liszt: Cantatas & Hymns)
Hungaroton HCD 31960
2003 Mozart Edition Vol 4 - Piano Concertos Brillant Classics 99720
2003 Liszt Ferenc: Orpheus; Les Preludes Hungaroton HCD 32203 Own
for Two Pianos, Organ & Orchestral Versions
2003 Gyászzenék
(Funeral Music)
Hungaroton HCD 32260
2004 Famous Austrian Composers - Strauss, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Haydn, Albrechtsberger Capriccio C49370 5 CDs
2004 Kodály Zoltán: Háry János kalandozásai Nagyabonytul a Burgvárig (Zenés mesék - Mesés zenék) Hungaroton HCD 19455 2 CDs
2005 Liszt Ferenc: Dante Symphony - A la Chapelle Sixtine - Hungarian Rhapsodies - Piano Concertos - Totentanz - Wanderer Fantasy Capriccio C49450
2006 Haydn, Joseph: Symphonies, Concertos, String Quartets, The Creation (Masterpieces) Capriccio C49520
2007 Beethoven, Ludvig van: Szimfóniák
(Beethoven, Ludvig van: 9 Symphonyies)
Hungaroton HCD 41007 Own
6 CDs / Complete edition
2009 Richter Magyarországon (1954-1993)
(Richter in Hungary (1954-1993))
BMC Records BMC CD 171
2011 Liszt Ferenc: Orchestral Pieces - Hungarian Rhapsodied - Dante Symphony - Symphonic Poems Capriccio C7090
2013 101 Essential Classical Masterpieces: Mozart Hungaroton
2013 Masses - Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Weber, Beethoven, Cherubini, Gounod Capriccio C7161 10 CDs
2019 Bartók Béla: II. hegedűverseny
(Béla Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2)
BMC Records BMC CD 253 Own
Includes World Première Recording.
2019 The Masters Collection: Zoltán Kocsis Hungaroton HCD 32840-42 3 CDs
2019 The Masters Collection: János Ferencsik Hungaroton HCD 32820–22 Own
3 CDs
2021 Introduction to Classical Music, Vol. 1 - The Essential Classics of J. S. Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart & Others Hungaroton HCD 32854
2021 Beethoven - The Essential Classics of the Great German Composer Hungaroton HCD 32857