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Ferenc Fricsay: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, Vol. 1, Orchestral Works Box set, Limited Edition

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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 (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,876 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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    45 of 49 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 33 people found the following review helpful By John Fowler TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 July 2014
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    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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    Having seen that 11 reviews had already been posted for this boxset, I was not going to write yet another one. However, once I read the reviews I thought I should like to add my own thoughts and comments to help any potential buyer make up his/ her own mind.
    Fricsay's interpretations were always characterised by his amazing ability to conduct with an uncanny sense of style regardless of the composer he was serving. His Mozart was totally Mozartian ,so was his Beethoven, totally Beethovenian in style. Basically, he did not seem to impart the music with his personality to the point of spoiling it. In other words, his conducting could have served as a model for other aspiring young conductors. One can still marvel at Toscanini's exciting rendering of the Beethoven or Mozart symphonies but his conducting in my opinion, should be admired or enjoyed, but not imitated simply because his approach was simply too personal, verging sometimes on the caricatural or histrionic.This does not mean that Fricsay's style of conducting was plain and boring , far from it. His style was indeed personal enough and instantly recognisable by his love for incisive but supple rhythms, his preference for agile and dynamic playing from the string section.
    His interpretation of the Rossini overtures on cd 11 is a perfect example in that respect . A direct comparison with Fritz Reiner who recorded the overtures back in 1958 for RCA Living stereo with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in spectacular sound, shows some interesting similarities .
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