Better without a baton? None better than Janos

Better without a baton? None better than Janos


norman lebrecht

January 09, 2022

A masterclass from the podium of Hungarian conductor János Ferencsik (1907-1984).

If the video does not pop up, click on the ‘watch on facebook’ link.


  • Anonymous Bosch says:

    Sorry, but all I get is a black screen with “Unavailable – This video can’t be embedded because it may contain content owned by someone else”.

    • norman lebrecht says:

      If the video does not pop up, click on the ‘watch on facebook’ link.

      • Anonymous Bosch says:

        Ah, but one must have a Facebook account in order to do so. I have avoided it like the plague since its inception, as I have with all other social media (I watched a dear friend ruin her budding Zwischenfach-Sopran career due to a Facebook addiction which made her miss rehearsals and be perpetually late for performances until she was fired from an ensemble member contract).

        I do not need to read Fake News, nor do I wish to share photos of my lunch with the world. I’ll stick to my ancient cell phone (no iPhone/Smartphone for me!) and basic internet services (i.e. YouTube, and only on rare occasions) and email. I’m just an old Luddite.

        • Karl says:

          No FB? I have 3 Facebook accounts. You never know who is who on the internet!

        • John says:

          Good for you, Anonymous Bosch.
          You sound like a load of fun!!

        • Bonetti Micaela says:

          No Mr Bosch, you don’t need to be on FB to see the video!
          I avoid social like pest, but if you click as written by Mr Lebrecht, you will succeed in watching the video.
          I would strongly advise you to do it, as it is just top enjoyable!

  • NYMike says:

    He’s not the only conductor to do this with the VPO since they can do it without a conductor.

  • Big deal, the orch can play alone. Now let him conduct that way with Mahler 2

  • Bonetti Micaela says:

    Hahaha!…mais ce chef d’orchestre est juste génial dans cet extrait: j’ai ri autant qu’admiré!
    Merci, Mr Lebrecht, you made my day!!!

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    There are many great orchestral recordings with Ferencsik conducting. F.Y.I.