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Jénö Jandó

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Born: February 1, 1952; Hungary  
If the artistic identities of some performers are bound up with the recording companies that preserved their music-making -- Artur Rubinstein with RCA Red Seal, for example, or Yo-Yo Ma with the crossover-friendly incarnation of Sony/CBS -- then the face of the Naxos label and its repertory-based, high-volume, low-budget ways may well be pianist Jenö Jandó. Jandó was born in the southern Hungarian city of Pécs on February 1, 1952. His mother Read more taught him to play the piano, and he went on to study at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. When he was 18 he took third place in the prestigious Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna, bringing his name before audiences beyond Hungary. He won the Sydney (Australia) International Piano Competition in 1987, but he didn't become a familiar figure to U.S. album buyers until after the founding of Naxos by the German-born, Hong Kong-based entrepreneur Klaus Heymann in the late 1980s.

Jandó was one of the first artists to emerge from Naxos' efforts to record Eastern European artists on a larger scale than any organization outside the former East bloc had previously done. A Hungarian contact sent a tape of Jandó's playing to the company, and he was picked for one of the new company's showcase products: a complete recording of Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas. Jandó followed those up with complete tours through Mozart's piano sonatas and concertos, Bach's entire Well-Tempered Clavier, Bartók's piano concertos, and the comparatively rarer Haydn keyboard sonatas. Jandó continued to explore the heart of the traditional repertory, delving into Schubert's sonatas and undertaking a mammoth survey of Bartók's complete piano music. He has also performed chamber music, inclining toward Hungarian compositions, and he serves as accompanist to his wife, mezzo soprano Tamara Takács.

What suited Jandó so well to the Naxos operation? He is an ideal jack-of-all-classical-trades. His familiarity with the piano literature is wide, and his musical memory is legendary: though he always brings scores of the works he is to play with him to a recording session, he simply lays them to one side and performs from memory. Like Glenn Gould, Jandó is given to humming along with his own playing -- a tendency his producers forestall by placing an unlit cigarette in his mouth. Jandó has expressed the amibition to cap off his career by recording a second complete Beethoven sonata set -- something previously undertaken only by a select group of the keyboard elite. Read less
Liszt: Complete Piano Music Vol 13 / Jenö Jandó
Release Date: 10/26/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554481   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas No 1 & 2, Etc / Berkes, Jandó
Release Date: 03/18/1997   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553121   Number of Discs: 1
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Kuhlau: Piano Sonatas Op 59 & 20 / Jeno Jandó
Release Date: 05/27/2008   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570709   Number of Discs: 1
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Bartók: Violin Sonatas 1 & 2, Contrasts / Pauk, Jandó
Release Date: 10/04/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550749   Number of Discs: 1
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Bach: The Well-tempered Clavier Book 2 / Jenö Jandó
Release Date: 10/04/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550970-71   Number of Discs: 2
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