Text Box: Conductor autographs


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Autographed original 3” x 5” photograph in a recording session from the collection created by record producer James Mallinson, Budapest, 1961.  This is an uncommon image of the conductor.


Ferencsik (1907-1984) was a pianist and organist in his youth and studied the same at the Liszt Conservatory.  In 1927 he was hired as a repetiteur at the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest.  It was there in that position playing during rehearsals he was able to learn from the greatest conductors of the day when they came to perform at the Opera; Arturo Toscanini, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Felix Weingartner and Bruno Walter.  In 1930 he was promoted to Conductor at the House.  Toscanini was so pleased with his assistance, he recommended he perform as repetiteur at Bayreuth during the Summers 1930 and 1931 where he was his music assistant for the festivals.  Ferencsik remained with the Opera until the end of World War II when he was appointed Chief Conductor of the Hungarian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra.  He grew the orchestra in the post war to an important orchestra within the country.  In 1952 he was promoted to Chief Conductor of the Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra which would become one of two artistic homes for the next several decades.  He was also simultaneously the Chief Conductor of the Budapest Philharmonic as of 1953 and Music Director of the Hungarian State Opera from 1952.  He would remain with the State Symphony until his retirement in 1984, the Philharmonic until 1976 and the Opera until 1974.  Despite the major positions he held in Hungary, Ferencsik also had an international career which commenced in 1937 in Europe.  He first conducted in the United States during the San Francisco Opera 1962-1963 season and then again during the 1963-1964 season, some 14 performances.  He would not return there until 1977 where he conducted again for two seasons.  It would appear he only conducted in New York City twice on a 1972 tour of the Hungarian State Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.  The conductor was a frequent guest from 1948 on of both the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Staatsoper.  He was also a frequent guest artist in London and at the Edinburgh Festival.


Ferencsik was friendly with both Bartok and Kodaly and often programmed their music, especially when he was out of the country.  Hungary awarded him their highest music award, the Kossuth Prize twice in 1951 and a decade later 1961 for his work spreading the music of Hungarian composers outside of Hungary.  As a recording artist, he left a large legacy of recordings of Hungarian composers in both opera and symphonic works, as well as a whole host of the German and Austrian classical period and romantic period composers, particularly: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert.  His recorded legacy is very much still active and available.



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