Béla Drahos

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Born: 1955; Kaposvar  
After beginning his career as a flutist, Bela Drahos has added the roles of chamber music leader and conductor to his dossier. With his recordings of the complete Beethoven symphonies, Drahos was propelled onto the international stage by the warm praise bestowed by critics, including H.C. Robbins Landon. Although he performs as an ensemble flutist and presents himself as an accomplished soloist, his work as a maestro has provided him with his Read more greatest celebrity. While studying at the Gyor Conservatory beginning in 1969, Drahos won two flute competitions: in 1971, he took first prize in the Concertino Prague International Flute Competition, and in 1972, he placed first in an event produced by Hungarian television. After graduating with honors from Budapest's Liszt Academy, Drahos continued to win Central European awards such as the Hungarian Liszt Prize in 1985 and the Bartók/Pasztory Prize in 1988. Founder/leader of the Hungarian Radio Wind Quartet, Drahos was appointed principal flutist of the Budapest Symphony Orchestra in 1976. His solo career has taken him to numerous venues in Europe and the Far East. Drahos' podium activities significantly increased when he was engaged as resident conductor of the Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra in 1993. A classical period orchestra, the Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, was assembled for Drahos in 1992 from members of the HSSO and principal players from other key Hungarian orchestras. Initially, the ensemble was intended for recordings only, but the NES eventually began performing public concerts. The ensemble's size varies from Baroque string groupings to mid-sized for the Haydn/Mozart symphonies and even larger for Beethoven orchestral works. The majority of Drahos' recordings have been made for the Naxos label. As a soloist, he has been featured on discs devoted to the flute sonatas of C.P.E. Bach, Vivaldi flute concerti, and the flute concerti of Leopold Hofmann. With the Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, Drahos' traversal of the complete Beethoven symphonies won top recommendations from many news publications and music magazines; his sinewy, rhythmically firm readings satisfied both period performance enthusiasts and those who preferred the more substantial sound of modern instruments. The conductor's recordings of Haydn symphonies and masses have also earned high marks from critics. Read less

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Born: 1955; Kaposvar  
After beginning his career as a flutist, Bela Drahos has added the roles of chamber music leader and conductor to his dossier. With his recordings of the complete Beethoven symphonies, Drahos was propelled onto the international stage by the warm praise bestowed by critics, including H.C. Robbins Landon. Although he performs as an ensemble flutist and presents himself as an accomplished soloist, his work as a maestro has provided him with his Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
II. Andante cantabile con moto
III. Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace
IV. Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace
I. Pleasant, cheerful feelings aroused on approaching the countryside: Allegro ma non troppo
II. Scene by the brook: Andante molto mosso
III. Happy gathering of villagers: Allegro
IV. Thunder-storm: Allegro
V. Shepherd's song: Grateful thanks to the Almighty after the storm: Allegretto
I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
II. Larghetto
III. Scherzo: Allegro
IV. Allegro molto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro con brio
II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro molto
I. Allegro vivace e con brio
II. Allegretto scherzando
III. Tempo di menuetto
IV. Allegro vivace
I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto: Allegro vivace - Trio: Un poco meno allegro
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
II. Allegretto
III. Presto
IV. Allegro con brio
I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
II. Molto vivace
III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato
IV. Finale: Presto
I. Allegro, ma non troppo
II. Larghetto
III. Rondo
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Rondo alla polacca
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante cantabile
III. Menuet
IV. Finale: Vivace
I. Adagio - Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Menuet: Allegro
IV. Finale: Presto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro molto
I. Allegro vivace e con brio
II. Allegretto scherzando
III. Tempo di menuetto
IV. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro
IV. Allegro
I. Pleasant, cheerful feelings aroused on approaching the countryside: Allegro ma non troppo
II. Scene by the brook: Andante molto mosso
III. Happy gathering of villagers: Allegro
IV. Thunder-storm: Allegro
V. Shepherd's song. Grateful thanks to the Almighty after the storm: Allegretto
I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
II. Molto vivace
III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato
IV. Finale: Presto
I. Allegro con brio
I. Allegro con brio
I. Allegro molto
II. Andante molto
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Minuetto
I. Allegro molto
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Largo - Allegro assai
II. Andante
III. Menuet: Un poco allegretto
IV. Finale: Vivace
I. Allegro non molto
II. Andante
III. Allegro molto
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro non molto
II. Larghetto
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. (Allegro)
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegro molto
I. Presto
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Presto
II. Larghetto
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro non molto
II. Andante molto
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro non molto
II. Adagio
III. Allegro non molto
I. Largo - Andante molto
II. I fantasmi
III. Il sonno
IV. Sorge l'aurora
I. Allegro non molto
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro ma poco
II. Largetto
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro molto
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro molto
II. Larghetto
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante quasi minuetto
III. Allegro
I. Allegro non molto
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro ma poco
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Adagio e maestoso - Allegro di molto
II. Andante moderato
III. Menuet
IV. Finale: Presto
I. Vivace
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto
IV. Finale: Allegro
I. Allegro assai con brio
II. Andante
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Finale: Presto
Allegro - Maestoso
Adagio
Allegro (non) molto
Spiritoso
Adagio cantabile
Tempo di Minuetto
Allegro spiritoso
Adagio
Allegro vivace
I. Vivace con brio
II. Andante
III. Menuet: Allegretto
IV. Finale: Allegro con brio
I. Adagio - Allegro
II. Andante
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. La chasse: Presto
I. Maestoso
II. Adagio
III. Allegro molto
I. Allegro
II. Andante ma non molto
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio un poco andante
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Vivace
I. Tempo giusto
II. Adagio
III. Allegro molto
I. Allegro molto
II. Andante: Siciliano
III. Finale: Presto
I. Allegro di molto
II. Poco adagio
III. Menuet: Allegro molto
IV. Presto assai
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Menuet
IV. Finale: Moderato molto - Presto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro
IV. Allegro
I. Pleasant, cheerful feelings aroused on approaching the countryside: Allegro ma non troppo
II. Scene by the brook: Andante molto mosso
III. Happy gathering of villagers: Allegro
IV. Thunder-storm: Allegro
V. Shepherd's song. Grateful thanks to the Almighty after the storm: Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. (Allegro)
I. Allegro
II. Largo cantabile
III. Allegro molto
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante e poco vivace
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro non molto
I. Presto
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto
IV. Finale: Allegro di molto - Adagio e cantiblile - Tempo primo
I. Vivace
II. Menuetto
III. Adagio cantibile
IV. Finale: Presto
Kyrie
Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria: Qui tollis peccata mundi
Gloria: Quoniam tu solus sanctus
Credo: Credo in unum Deum
Credo: Et incarnatus est
Credo: Et resurrexit
Sanctus
Benedictus: Benedictus qui venit
Benedictus: Hosanna in excelsis
Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi
Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem
Kyrie
Gloria
Credo
Sanctus
Benedictus
Agnus Dei
I. Allegro, ma non troppo
II. Larghetto
III. Rondo
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Rondo alla polacca
I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
II. Molto vivace
III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato
IV. Finale: Presto
I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto: Allegro vivace - Trio: Un poco meno allegro
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
II. Allegretto
III. Presto
IV. Allegro con brio


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