Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra

János Ferencsik

The Royal Festival Hall, London

Recording: 26th February 1966

Audiophile Audition

“…a thoroughly sympathetic reading from Ferencsik … The huge orchestral tuttis impress us with their singing intensity … Tumultuous applause [from] a slightly hysterical mob of Londoners who thought this concert a smashing success.” [Rating ★★★★]
Gary Lemco, Audiophile Audition, 4th November 2009

MusicWeb International

“…the recorded clarity allows us to hear the wind playing with unchilly brilliance, as well as the Hungarian warmth of the strings … A considerable amount of panache is on display … there is a palpable sense of engagement […] captured with immediacy by the splendidly consistent and clarity-conscious recording set up.”
Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International, February 2010


“This is also one of the very few performances I’ve heard that catches the [Kodály’s] humorous edge, rather than just its color … [A] complete live concert more than worth the price of admission was caught in fine sound; and we are the beneficiaries. Definitely recommended.”
Barry Brenesal, Fanfare 33:5, May/June 2010

International Record Review

“While the superbly idiomatic Dances of Galánta are an undoubted highlight here, the Egmont and Brahms C minor Symphony are both readings of genuine stature – strongly projected, fine-grained and captured in some of the best sound of any of the discs here – it’s quite astonishingly lifelike.”
Nigel Simeone, International Record Review, June 2012

Track listingTime
1Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont Overture, op 848' 50"
2Zoltán Kodály: Dances of Galánta15' 11"
Johannes Brahms: Symphony no 1 in C minor, op 6842' 38"
3  I Un poco sostenuto – Allegro – Meno allegro*13' 00"
4 II Andante sostenuto8' 51"
5III Un poco allegretto e grazioso4' 39"
6 IV Adagio – Più andante – Allegro non troppo – Più allegro16' 08"
7Hector Berlioz: Rákóczy March (from The Damnation of Faust)4' 32"
Total time:71' 11"

*Sample extract (control with the Sound Sample tab at the top of the page)

†This track may be heard on the Sampler CD