Ferenc Karl Fricsay was born on August 9th 1914 in Budapest, Austria-Hungary. Being a conductor of Austrian decent he mainly worked in Hungary, Austria and Germany. Fricsay played a central role in the reconstruction of musical life in post-war Germany, especially in Berlin.
Fricsay's orchestral work was characterised by a clear orchestral sound, the greatest possible musical energy and ceaseless formation of the music. His post-war career in Berlin began in 1948 with debuts at the Berlin Municipal Opera, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin as well as with the Berlin Philharmonic and the RIAS Symphony Orchestra. Following his successful performances, Fricsay was appointed General Music Director of the Municipal Opera of Berlin in late 1948 taking effect in September 1949, and Principal Conductor of the RIAS Symphony Orchestra (later the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin; since 1993 Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin). From 1949 until 1954 Fricsay led the RIAS Symphony Orchestra, making his stamp on its performing culture, laying the cornerstone for open, contemporarily orientated programme planning and leading the orchestra to international reputation.
Ferenc Fricsay's work with the RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester is documented in numerous prize winning audite productions. This series, consisting of 14 parts so far, presents archive recordings from the RIAS and the WDR from the early 1950s. Amongst these are the 3-CD box with the complete recordings of works of Bartók by Fricsay contained in the RIAS archive from the years 1951-1953, honoured with an International Classical Music Award (ICMA). With the exception of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Fricsay's soloists are exclusively Hungarians, which signifies a special gain as regards musical authenticity.
Until September 9th we offer selected recordings at a special anniversary price:
The complete anniversary bundle includes 14 productions with 21 single CDs at 129,00 EUR. All titles are also available as single productions at an anniversary rate.
* You can find a complete overview of all Fricsay productions here.
* Order the complete anniversary package (14 productions) here.
* Special Media Files
* Order single titles from the anniversary package here:
95498 P. I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 & R. Schumann: Piano Concerto (CD)
95584 J. Haydn: Symphony No. 44 & No. 98 (CD)
95497 G. Bizet: Carmen (CD)
23406 G. Verdi: Rigoletto (2CD)
95499 Edition Ferenc Fricsay (IV) - P. I. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2 & F. Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 (CD)
23411 Edition Ferenc Fricsay (V) - J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus (2CD)
95593 Edition Ferenc Fricsay (VI) - L. v. Beethoven: Symphonies No. 7 & No. 8, Leonore Ouverture No. 3 (CD)
95596 Edition Ferenc Fricsay (VII) - W.A. Mozart: Symphony No. 29, No. 39 & No. 40 (CD)
23413 Edition Ferenc Fricsay (VIII) - W.A. Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (2CD)
23412 Edition Ferenc Fricsay (IX) - G. Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (2CD)
95585 Edition Ferenc Fricsay (X) - J. Brahms: Violin Concerto & Symphony No. 2 (CD)
95587 Edition Ferenc Fricsay (XI) - G. Rossini: Stabat Mater (CD)
95629 Edition Ferenc Fricsay (XII) - J. Strauss: Walzer • Polkas (CD)
21407 Ferenc Fricsay conducts Béla Bartok - The early RIAS recordings (3CD)
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