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
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  • 1.
    Animals In Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 578281 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  George Frideric Handel,  Edvard Grieg,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  John Artore,  Balazs Szkolay,  Giorgio Koukl,  Takako Nishizaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Kees Bakels,  Peter Breiner,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  David Lloyd-Jones  ... 
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    Dvorak: Complete Published Orchestral Works
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501702 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Ilya Kaler,  Alexander Trostiansky,  Maria Kliegel  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Antoni Wit,  Camilla Kolchinsky,  Dmitry Yablonsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Great Chamber Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501064 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Tamás Szabo,  Gábor Fias,  Attila Falvay,  György Éder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet,  Auer String Quartet,  Villa Musica Ensemble  ... 
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    The Complete Beethoven: Symphonies; Concertos; Overtures [12-CD Set]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501204 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar,  Claire Rutter,  Matilde Wallevik,  Marta Fontanals-Simmons  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Drahos,  Barry Wordsworth,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Kenneth Jean
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    Label: Somerset Entertainment   Catalog: 55983 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Claude Debussy,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Klára Körmendi,  Péter Nagy,  Judy Loman,  Nora Shulman  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Edlinger,  Christian Pollack,  Marin Alsop,  Jerzy Maksymiuk  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Aradia Ensemble,  Concentus Hungaricus
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    Label: Mood Media Entertainment   Catalog: 56931 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Claude Debussy,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Klára Körmendi,  Péter Nagy,  Judy Loman,  Nora Shulman  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Edlinger,  Christian Pollack,  Marin Alsop,  Jerzy Maksymiuk  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Aradia Ensemble,  Concentus Hungaricus
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    Label: Mood Media Entertainment   Catalog: 57757 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  César Cui,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Pachelbel,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel,  Tamas Benkocs,  Kimball Sykes,  Stéphane Lemelin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Villa Musica,  Stuttgart Piano Trio,  Concentus Hungaricus
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    A Musical Journey -  Switzerland: A Musical Visit To The Canton Of Ticino
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110313 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  András Ligeti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
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  • 9.
    Great Classical Masterpieces: Bestselling Recordings 1987-2012
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578217 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hildegard of Bingen,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Carl Orff  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Norbert Kraft,  Klára Körmendi,  Takako Nishizaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly,  István Bogár,  György Lehel,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
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    Italy - A Musical Tour Of South Tyrol
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110303 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  András Ligeti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus
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    Great Piano Concertos
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501056 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Stefan Vladar,  Idil Biret,  Eldar Nebolsin  ... 
    Conductor:  András Ligeti,  Mátyás Antal,  Barry Wordsworth,  Antoni Wit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus,  Capella Istropolitana,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 12.
    My First Lullaby Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578213 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Igor Stravinsky,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Idil Biret,  Einar Steen-Nökleberg,  Stefan Veselka  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner,  Anthony Bramall,  Alexander Rahbari,  Keith Clark  ... 
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    My First Violin Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578215 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Jules Massenet,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Ilya Kaler,  Jénö Jandó,  Takako Nishizaki,  Caspar Frantz  ... 
    Conductor:  Kenneth Jean,  Carl Davis,  Theodore Kuchar,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ferenc Sánta & His Gypsy Band
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    My First Beethoven Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578206 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Takako Nishizaki,  Stefan Vladar,  Gyorgy Eder  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Drahos,  Ondrej Lenárd,  Barry Wordsworth,  Kenneth Jean  ... 
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    My First Classical Music Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578203 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Antonio Vivaldi,  John Adams,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Dong-Suk Kang,  Pascal Devoyon,  Jürgen Schuster  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Marin Alsop,  Mats Rondin  ... 
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    My First Mozart Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578204 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hana Mullerova,  Jirí Válek,  Jénö Jandó,  Takako Nishizaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Pier G. Morandi,  Barry Wordsworth,  Petter Sundkvist,  Richard Edlinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus,  German Wind Soloists
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    My First Piano Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578207 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Balazs Szkolay,  Zsuzsa Kollár,  Jénö Jandó,  Idil Biret  ... 
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  • 18.
    The Rough Guide To Classical Composers: Beethoven (With Bonus Cd: Beethoven's Mass In C Major)
    Label: Music Rough Guides   Catalog: 331242 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  John Lill,  Edith Lienbacher,  Herwig Pecoraro,  Inga Nielson  ... 
    Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel,  Roger Norrington,  Michael Halász,  Barry Wordsworth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gaudier Ensemble
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  • 19.
    The Rough Guide To Classical Composers: Mozart (With Bonus Cd: Mozart String Quintets)
    Label: Music Rough Guides   Catalog: 331243 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ernst Haefliger,  Joanna Borowsak,  Rohangiz Yachmi,  Peter Mikulas  ... 
    Conductor:  Michi Gaigg,  Barry Wordsworth,  Johannes Wildner,  Michael Halász  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players,  Nederlands Blazers Ensemble
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  • 20.
    The Mozart Effect: Music For Children
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 85005 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dag Ingram,  Michael Copley,  Takako Nishizaki,  Hana Mullerova  ... 
    Conductor:  Johannes Wildner,  Richard Edlinger,  Nicholas Ward,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Buskers,  Capella Istropolitana,  German Wind Soloists
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  • 21.
    The Mozart Effect: Music For Little Ones
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 85007 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Leopold Mozart
    Performer:  Karl Heinz Schickhause,  János Sebestyén,  Jénö Jandó,  József Balogh
    Conductor:  Peter Maag,  Hans Stadlmair,  Wolfgang Sobotka,  Harald Nerat  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Chamber Orchestra,  German Wind Soloists,  Ensemble Villa Musica  ... 
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  • 22.
    Liszt - His Life & Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558214-15 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Kemal Gekic,  Oxana Yablonskaya,  Diego Fasolis,  Jénö Jandó  ... 
    Conductor:  Paolo Crivellaro,  Michael Halász,  Diego Fasolis
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  • 23.
    Liszt: Piano Concertos,  Fantasies For Piano And Orchestra / Jeno Jando
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 7095 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  András Ligeti
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  • 24.
    Dinner Classics
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 9063 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Anton Rubinstein,  Edvard Grieg,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  János Bálint,  Deborah Sipkai,  Dénes Várjon  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Bánfalvi,  Janos Kovács,  Emil Tabakov,  Pavel Urbanek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Ensemble
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  • 25.
    Easy Listening Piano Classics: Bach
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578087-89 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Wolfgang Rübsam,  János Sebestyén,  Wolf Harden  ... 
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