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Music transfigured, remembering Ferenc Fricsay

Gerald Caillat

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Ferenc Fricsay — Conductor

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Exceptional documents bring to us Ferenc Fricsay, the legendary Hungarian conductor who died too soon.

"My name is Ferenc Fricsay, I was born in Budapest in 1914, that tragic day the war started…" This presentation is typical of the manner of the Hungarian conductor Ferenc Fricsay, simple, direct and devoid of boastfulness. His father was the head of a brass band in the army, he was trained as a pianist and a composer at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest with Bartok and Kodaly as teachers, he held a first position from the age of 19 playing military music like his father and Ferenc Fricsay made his first steps towards becoming a legend among conductors by replacing Otto Klemperer at the Salzburg Festival in 1947.

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