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  • Audio CD (15 Jun. 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 45
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00K12RE92
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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FERENC FRICSAY – Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon Vol. 1 presents Fricsay’s orchestral output in its entirety, covering symphonies, concertos, waltzes, overtures, ballets etc.

  • Fricsay’s Beethoven, consisting of Symphonies nos. 1, 3, 5, 7, 8 & 9
  • The famed Fricsay Mozart: Symphonies 29, 35, 39, 40, 41, as well as legendary concerto recordings with Clara Haskil
  • His definitive Bartók and Kodály interpretations, still considered the reference recordings of these composers’ works
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphonies nos. 4 – 6
  • Two sets of Strauss waltzes (mono and stereo)
  • Famous recordings of great modernists like Blacher, Egk, Glière, Hindemith and Honegger
  • An 80-page booklet featuring a newly commissioned text by Fricsay aficionado Tully Potter
  • Several rare photographs

  • Track Listings
    CD 1 Bartók: Piano Concertos 1 – 3 (Anda)
    CD 2 Bartók: Violin Concerto 2; Dance Suite etc. (Varga)
    CD 3 Bartók: Konzert für Orchester; Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
    CD 4 Bartók: Divertimento; Piano Concerto 3; Rhapsody (Haas; Anda)
    CD 5 Beethoven: Piano Concerto 3; Triple Concerto (Fischer; Anda, Schneiderhan, Fournier)
    CD 6 Beethoven: Symphonies 1 & 8
    CD 7 Beethoven: Symphony 3; Leonore III; Handel: Harp Concerto (Zabaleta)
    CD 8 Beethoven: Symphonies 5 & 7
    CD 9 Beethoven: Egmont Overture; Symphony 9
    CD 10 Orchestral Works by Berlioz, Borodin, Gounod, Mussorgsky
    CD 11 Bizet: Carmen Suite & Ballet Music
    Rossini: Overtures
    CD 12 Blacher: Paganini Variations; Rondo for Piano & Orchestra (Herzog)
    Liebermann: Furioso
    von Einem: Ballade; Piano Concerto op. 20
    CD 13 Brahms: Piano Concerto 2; Double Concerto (Anda; Schneiderhan, Starker)
    CD 14 Franck: Symphonic Variations (Weber)
    Brahms: Haydn Variations; Symphony 2
    CD 15 Bruch, Dvořák, Glasunov: Violin Concertos (Morini; Martzy)
    CD 16 Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune etc.
    CD 17 Dvořák: Symphony 9 (1959)
    Liszt: Les Préludes
    Smetana: Vltava (Má vlast) (1960)
    CD 18 Dvořák: Symphony 9 (1953)
    Smetana: Vltava, From Bohemia’s Woods and Fields (Má vlast) (1953)
    CD 19 Egk; von Einem; Henze; Fortner & Liebermann
    CD 20 Falla; Francaix; Honegger; Tcherepnin; Rachmaninov (Weber)
    CD 21 Prokofiev: Symphonie classique
    Glière: Symphony 3 “Ilya Murometz”
    CD 22 Hindemith: Symphonic Dances
    Hartmann: Symphonies 2 (excerpt) & 6
    von Einem; Martin
    CD 23 Haydn: Symphonies 44, 48 & 95
    CD 24 Haydn: Symphonies 98, 100 & 101
    CD 25 Kodály: Háry János (1961); Symphony in C
    CD 26 Kodály: Dances of Marosszék; Dances of Galánta; Háry János (1954)
    CD 27 Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto (Schneiderhan)
    Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies 1 & 2
    Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen (Zacharias)
    CD 28 Mozart: Symphonies 29 (1961) & 39; Maurerische Trauermusik; Adagio & Fugue
    CD 29 Mozart: Symphonies 40 & 41 (1961); Eine kleine Nachtmusik
    CD 30 Mozart: Symphonies 29 (1955), 35 & 41 (1953)
    CD 31 Mozart: Clarinet Concerto; Piano Concerto 20; 2 Rondos (Geuser; Haskil; Fischer)
    CD 32 Mozart: Piano Concertos 19 & 27 (Haskil)
    CD 33 Rossini-Respighi: La boutique fantastique
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade
    CD 34 Schubert: Symphony 8
    Schumann: Symphony 1
    Weber: Clarinet Concerto 1 (Geuser)
    CD 35 J. Strauss: Waltzes (Stereo, 1961)
    CD 36 J. Strauss: Waltzes (Mono, 1949-52)
    CD 37 R. Strauss: Don Juan; Till Eulenspiegel etc.
    CD 38 Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; Pétrouchka etc.
    CD 39 Stravinsky: Capriccio etc.; Weber: Konzertstück etc. (Haas; Weber)
    CD 40 Tchaikovsky: Symphony 4; Ballet Selections
    CD 41 Tchaikovsky: Symphony 5; 1812 Overture etc.
    CD 42 Tchaikovsky: Symphony 6 (1953); Violin Concerto (Menuhin)
    CD 43 Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings; Symphony 6 (1959)
    CD 44 Verdi: Overtures, Preludes & Ballet Music
    Ponchielli: Dance of the Hours
    CD 45 Smetana: Má vlast: Vltava (rehearsal)

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    29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By John Fowler on 16 July 2014
    Format: Audio CD
    For most of my life, Herbert von Karajan was the face of Deutsche Gramophon.
    But this was not always the case - Karajan made his first DG recording in 1959.
    For ten years before that, Ferenc Fricsay and the Berlin Radio Symphony
    were the backbone of DG's postwar catalog.
    Furtwangler and the Berlin Philharmonic made only a few studio recordings for DG
    (most of the DG Furtwangler LPs we are familiar with were posthumous releases of radio broadcasts).
    Measured by the number of recordings,
    Ferenc Fricsay was the face of Deutsche Grammophon in the 1950s.

    3/4 of the recordings are Mono, recorded 1949-1957.
    (the Vienna Phliharmonic Brahms 2nd from 1961 is a mono recording of an Austrian Radio broadcast).

    Friend Ultrarunner went to a lot of trouble to prepare a detailed listing of contents with recording dates.
    See his review dated July 19, 2014.

    Most, if not all, of Fricsay's stereo recordings have already been issued on CD
    (see list at the end of this review).
    Recording sessions were held in Berlin's Jesus-Christus Kirche:
    Same place, Same team that recorded Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic from 1959 to 1974.

    There is no indication in the booklet that anything has been newly re-mastered.
    The stereo recordings sound fine, as you'd expect.
    DG's mono recordings have never been sought out by Audiophiles, but these are honest transfers that do not hinder your enjoyment of the music.

    Fricsay was music director the Berlin Radio Symphony (RIAS).
    One obvious difference between it and the Berlin Philharmonic is that the Radio Symphony numbered about 70-80 players vs. 90-100 players in the Philharmonic.
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    43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Ultrarunner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 July 2014
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    To understand Fricsay (1914-1963) we should look at the Hungarian musical background. Nikisch (1855-1922) the Hungarian conductor changed the profession from that of the image of a timebeater. He influenced the modern view of a subjective but authoritative orchestral educator, who was able to bring out all the musical substance from the score and the orchestra through long rehearsals. Nikisch was the mentor of fellow countryman Reiner who taught Bernstein. Before this, Reiner (1888-1963) won scholarships to train at the Budapest Academy of music, where he was taught by the great Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, whose work he championed.(REVIEWS BELOW) Also, Nikisch inspired the imagination of the young Hungarians, Szell, Ormandy, Fricsay (who died aged 48 from cancer), Dorati, Kertesz( drowned at 43),and Solti. However, Nikisch was the only role model of Furtwangler who stated " I learned the sound from Nikisch, how to work the sound out." He inspired, Abbado, Barenboim and Thielemann. Not forgetting Monteux, who was the mentor of the American Zinman. Even Von Karajan claimed a connection to Nikisch.

    To fully understand the influence that these Hungarians had on conducting, I bought the DGG Berlin Philharmonic Centenary edition, so I could obtain the CD of Nikisch's 5th Symphony. Also Reiner's RCA, Fricsay's orchestrial recordings and Solti's Wagner Box sets. Along with the 107 CD Furtwangler(1886-1954) Legacy Set. Plus CDs of Szell and Dorati. But what of Fricsay. He went to the same music Academy as Reiner, and was taught composition by Kodaly and Piano by Bela Bartok. Fricsay also championed both these Hungarian composers, and his CDs of them are classics. Fricsay created a lean string sound and conducted the music with intensity.
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    30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By CVA on 14 July 2014
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    This new Fricsay Complete Recordings on Deutsche Gramophon (Vol 1) is literally an answer to my prayers. I am an enthusiast for many recordings of Giulini, Bohm, Karajan and others, but Fricsay occupies a special spot . . . his music has given me several wonderful evenings . . . more than his fair share of my goose-bumps, tightened throat, and misty-eyed delight for the quality consistent with his performances. The extra biographical essay that is available to download with this (see last page of the booklet) explains a lot of why: the thorough preparation and rehearsal that Fricsay insisted upon, his musical devotion, and the unique partnership he had with the heroic Elsa Schiller, the post-war producer at DG.

    I am showing a point deduction due to the absence of info about the re-mastering status of the recordings. It is strange that in recent years, DG, Sony, Warner (EMI) have all taken great emphasis about the re-mastering of new collections of vintage material, like this. Yet like the recent and excellent Kubelik edition, nothing is shown or advertised about the re-mastering of these recordings. There is a 2014 copyright listed for the music in the booklet, perhaps that is a clue that it might have been re-mastered, but we should not have to guess. I have compared some of the new collection versus earlier versions I had which were NOT re-mastered (OIBP): ie. the Mozart Symphony set "Two-Fer" or CD-Double produced by PolyGram France in 1992, and the Brahms Piano Concerto #2 also issued by Universal Classics France in 2005. In these two comparisons, there is notable improvement in the high frequencies that I believe that I perceive, so this implies at least some of the 45 CD's in the new set are re-mastered.
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