Jénö Jandó

Biography

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

Biography

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
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
No. 1. Molto sostenuto
No. 2. Allegro giocoso
No. 3. Andante
No. 4. Grave
No. 5. Vivo
No. 6. Lento
No. 7. Allegretto molto capriccioso
No. 8. Andante sostenuto
No. 9. Allegretto grazioso
No. 10. Allegro
No. 11. Allegretto molto rubato
No. 12. Rubato
No. 13. (Elle est morte...): Lento funebre
No. 14. Valse (M'amie qui danse...): Presto
Book 1: 4 Dialogues: No. 1. Moderato
Book 1: 4 Dialogues: No. 2. Andante
Book 1: 4 Dialogues: No. 3. Lento
Book 1: 4 Dialogues: No. 4. Allegro vivace
Book 2: No. 5. Menuetto: Moderato
Book 2: No. 6. Dal (Air): Allegro
Book 2: No. 7. Marcia delle bestie: Comodo
Book 2: No. 8. Csorgo-tanc (Tambourine): Allegro molto
Book 3: No. 9. Preludio - All' ungherese: Molto moderato - Allegro non troppo, molto ritmico
I. Allegro agitato
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Allegro con fuoco
I. Allegro vivace e con brio
II. Largo assai ed espressivo
III. Presto
I. Allegro Moderato
II. Scherzo: Allegro
III. Andante cantabile ma pero con moto
IV. Allegro moderato
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante
III. Scherzo: Presto
IV. Thema with Variations: Andante
V. Finale: Allegro giusto
I. Adagio sostenuto - Presto
II. Andante con variazioni
III. Finale: Presto
I. Allegretto ben moderato
II. Allegro
III. Recitativo - Fantasia: Ben moderato - Molto lento
IV. Allegretto poco mosso
I. Allegro, ma non troppo
II. Larghetto
III. Rondo
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Rondo alla polacca
I. Allegro
II. Romance
III. Rondo: Allegro assai
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace assai
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegro
I. Moderato
II. Adagio sostenuto
III. Allegro scherzando
No. 1. Study for the Left Hand
No. 2. Fantasy 1
No. 3. Fantasy 2
No. 4. Scherzo
No. 1. Adagio (arr. of Add ream csokodat, el kell mennem (Kiss me, for I have to leave), BB 37, No. 2)
No. 2. Moderato (arr. of Oszi szello (Autumn Breeze), BB 24, No. 1)
No. 1. Grave
No. 2. Molto adagio sempre rubato
No. 1. Moderato
No. 2. Moderato
No. 3. Parbeszed (Dialogue): Moderato
No. 4. Parbeszed (Dialogue): Moderato
No. 5. Moderato
No. 6. Moderato
No. 7. Nepdal (Folksong): Moderato
No. 8. Andante
No. 9. Andante
No. 10. Nepdal (Folksong): Allegro
No. 11. Menuett: Andante
No. 12. Kanasztanc (Swineherd's dance): Allegro
No. 13. Hol jartal, baranykam? - nepdal (Where have you been, my lambkin? - folksong): Andante
No. 14. Andante
No. 15. Lakodalmas (Wedding dance): Moderato
No. 16. Paraszttanc (Peasant's dance): Allegro moderato
No. 17. Allegro deciso
No. 18. Keringo (Waltz): Tempo di valse
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Rondo: Allegretto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante cantabile
III. Allegretto
I. Adagio
II. Menuetto I - II
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Menuetto
III. Rondo: Allegretto
I. Theme and Variations: Andante grazioso
II. Menuetto
III. Alla turca: Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Andante cantabile
III. Allegretto grazioso
German Dance with 2 Trios
2 Landler
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro
II. Menuet
III. Andante
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Menuet
III. Finale Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Menuet
III. Scherzo
I. Allegro
II. Menuetto
III. Finale: Presto
I. Presto
II. Andante
III. Menuet
I. Moderato
II. Menuet
III. Finale: Presto
I. Allegro
II. Menuet
III. Presto
I. (Moderato)
II. Menuet
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Menuet
I. Andante
II. Menuet
III. Finale: Allegro molto
I. Allegro
II. Minuet
III. Adagio
IV. Finale: Allegro molto
I. Allegretto
II. Andante
III. Menuet
I. Moderato
II. Menuet
III. Finale: Presto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Menuet
III. Finale: Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Menuetto
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Finale: Tempo di Menuet
I. Moderato
II. Andante
III. Menuetto


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