"Ferenc Fricsay: A Life in Music" consists mostly of top notch 1950s mono recordings in excellent sound, from DG's back catalog. I knew of Ferenc Fricsay (1914-1963) mostly from his recording of Bartok's Piano Concertos 1,2,and 3 with pianist Geza Anda. Fricsay also recorded Mozart's operas "Don Giovanni" and "Die Zauberflote", both with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in the cast for DG; also Beethoven's 9th Symphony; Bartok's "Concerto for Orchestra", and "Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta", all for DG.
Ferenc Snétberger was born to a Gypsy family in Hungary in 1957). His father, a talented guitarist, introduced the younger Snétberger to music very early on. When Ferenc Snétberger was 13, he began to study classical guitar at a music school. While attending the school, he entered a number of classical competitions and won several notable awards.
This famous Don Giovanni was first broadcast in September 1961 to mark the opening of the Deutsche Opera in west Berlin, though it was, in fact, recorded at an open dress rehearsal the day before its official first night. It's full of political resonances. The Berlin Wall had been constructed only weeks before, and you can sense a jitteriness in the air. The opera is directed by the veteran Carl Ebert, best known for his pioneering work at Glyndebourne during his years of exile from Nazi Germany. The great, Hungarian-born Ferenc Fricsay, a dominant figure in Berlin's musical renewal, is in the pit. He conducts an impressive cast, all of whom had made their reputations in postwar Germany. The production shows its age, owing in part to Georges Wakhévitch's frilly period designs, though Ebert's direction is wonderfully unfussy and psychologically astute… Tim Ashley
A small catalog of the Hungarian National Museum. Inside the 50 types of weapons and armor from the 15th to the 19th century. Presented as examples of Western medieval weapons and items of Turkish weapons.
The ECM debut of Ferenc Snétberger features the widely-acclaimed Hungarian guitarist in solo performance before a rapt audience at the Liszt Academy in Budapest . Snétberger’s richly improvisational eight-part suite - entitled “Budapest”- subtly draws upon influences from Brazilian music and flamenco, from jazz and classical tradition, as well as his own gypsy background. As an encore, he plays the Harold Arlen standard “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. Further releases with Ferenc Snétberger are in preparation.