Capella Istropolitana

Biography

Active: 1983 - ; Bratislava, Slovakia
The Capella Istropolitana is a Bratislava-based chamber orchestra whose activity in the recording studio places it among the most recorded ensembles of the late twentieth and early twenty first centuries. Buyers browsing the bins of a record store or shopping online will find this seemingly ubiquitous ensemble on more than 250 CD releases. Actually, by 2008 the Capella Istropolitana had made over 90 recordings, but many of the performances appear Read more on reissues, often in theme-oriented albums or series, like Cinema Classics (12 volumes!), Chill with Bach, Chill with Beethoven, Best of Opera, and many others. But the ensemble is no mere peddler of popular or generic music for quick sale; they have been involved in highly successful Haydn and Mozart projects, and have recorded the Bach Brandenburg Concertos, the five Beethoven piano concertos, and large chunks of the output of Vivaldi, Handel, and others. Their repertory reaches well beyond the Baroque and Classical periods, both on recordings and in concert, taking in works by Brahms, Dvorák, Elgar, Britten, Respighi, Prokofiev, Bartók, Stravinsky, and Barber. Most of their recordings have been issued on the Naxos label, but others have appeared on Erato, Brilliant Classics, Bridge, and Claves.

Established in 1983 by members of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the Capella Istropolitana has performed under various conductors over the years and has regularly toured Europe, North America, the Far East, New Zealand, and Israel. The ensemble has never had a music director or chief conductor. In its early years it consisted of about 15 players, but eventually augmented its membership to accommodate performances of larger works, like the Beethoven symphonies.

The group's first Bach recordings appeared in the late '80s with general acclaim, and by the early '90s the group had achieved recognition both at home and abroad: in 1991 the Bratislava City Council honored the ensemble with a decree naming it Chamber Orchestra of the City of Bratislava; that same year Naxos began issuing the first CDs in the group's Haydn and Mozart symphony projects.

Throughout the 1990s and the first decade of the new century, the Capella Istropolitana remained extremely active in the recording studio, achieving great popularity with two platinum discs. The group also maintained a busy schedule of concerts, touring the U.S., Canada, and almost every European country. Its 2007 schedule, for instance, included numerous concerts in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, France, and Switzerland. Read less
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    Classical: 30 of the Best / Various
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578355 Release Date: 04/24/2020   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Edvard Grieg,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Donna Robin,  Takako Nishizaki,  Idil Biret,  Balázs Szokolay  ... 
    Conductor:  Konrad Leitner,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  István Bogár,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Orchestra,  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,  Budapest Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: 30 of the Best / Various
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578353 Release Date: 04/24/2020   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Milos Stevove,  Joanna Borowska,  Rohangiz Yachmi,  Peter Mikulas  ... 
    Conductor:  Jozef Kopelman,  Johannes Wildner,  Zdenek Kosler,  Konrad Leitner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onix Chamber Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 3.
    Beethoven: Complete Edition
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8500250 Release Date: 11/01/2019   Number of Discs: 90
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Claudio Otelli,  Ruxandra Donose,  Manfred Fink,  Hasmik Papian  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Drahos,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Leif Segerstam  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia,  Nicolaus Esterházy Chorus,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Vibrant Violin: Best Loved Classical Violin Music / Various
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578187 Release Date: 08/09/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Tianwa Yang,  Takako Nishizaki,  Jenö Jandó,  Janos Selmeczi  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Martínez Izquierdo,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Gyorgy Selmeczi,  Bjarte Engeset  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Navarra Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Camerata Transylvania  ... 
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    Vivid Viola: Best Loved Classical Viola Music / Various
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578186 Release Date: 08/09/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Béla Bartók,  Zoltán Kodály,  Henri Vieuxtemps  ... 
    Performer:  Ladislav Kyselak,  Hong-Mei Xiao,  Roger Chase,  Roberto Díaz  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Edlinger,  Janos Kovács,  Yoav Talmi,  Markand Thakar  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra,  San Diego Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 6.
    My Playlist for Baking
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578344 Release Date: 11/09/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Klara Kormendi,  François-Joël Thiollier,  Sebastian Knauer,  Romain Descharmes  ... 
    Conductor:  James Judd,  Michael Halász,  Jozef Kopelman,  Helmut Muller-Brühl  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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    Romantic Serenades for Strings
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95655 Release Date: 04/27/2018   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Vasily Kalinnikov,  Leos Janácek  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Rudin
    Conductor:  Alexander Rudin,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Massimo Belli,  Ove Vedsten Larsen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Viva Instrumental Ensemble,  Capella Istropolitana,  Ferruccio Busoni Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven - Complete Edition 2017
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95510 Release Date: 10/01/2017   Number of Discs: 85
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Helena Döse,  Marga Schiml,  Peter Schreier,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Willfried Boettcher,  Heinz Wallberg,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden,  Dresden State Opera Chorus,  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Horn Concertos
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95412 Release Date: 04/21/2017   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Christoph Forster,  Anonymous,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Damm,  Matthias Eisenberg,  Matthias Pfaender,  Manfred Pernutz  ... 
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen,  Siegfried Kurz,  Eduard Melkus,  Ruben Gazarian  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra,  Staatskapelle Dresden,  Capella Sagittariana Dresden  ... 
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  • 10.
    My First Christmas Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578340 Release Date: 11/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry John Gauntlett,  John Carmichael,  John Henry Hopkins Jr.,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Stringer,  Raymond Johnston,  Mats Norrefalk,  Mats-Erik Björklund  ... 
    Conductor:  Donald Hunt,  Barry Wordsworth,  Antony Pitts,  Andrew Sackett  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Worcester Cathedral Choir,  BBC Concert Orchestra,  Tonus Peregrinus  ... 
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  • 11.
    Relaxation: Soothing Sounds of Classical Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578341 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Edvard Grieg,  Erik Satie,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Nora Shulman,  Judy Loman,  Takako Nishizaki,  Wolf Harden  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner,  Jérôme Kaltenbach,  Alfred Walter,  Jorma Panula  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Nancy Lyric Symphony Orchestra,  Budapest Strauss Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 12.
    Purple Classics Presents: Favorite Overtures
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578330 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Michael Halász,  Pinchas Steinberg,  Pier Giorgio Morandi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Zagreb Festival Orchestra,  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Purple Classics Presents: Quiet Time – The Music of Mozart
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578322 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jenö Jandó,  Takako Nishizaki,  Patrick Gallois,  Roderick Shaw  ... 
    Conductor:  András Ligeti,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Patrick Gallois,  Mátyás Antal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus,  Capella Istropolitana,  Swedish Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Purple Classics Presents: The Baroque Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578320 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Daniel Rothert,  Ladislav Kyselak,  Maria Kliegel  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Bánfalvi,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Jaroslav Dvorák,  Helmut Muller-Brühl  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Strings,  Capella Istropolitana,  Cologne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Purple Classics Presents: The Classical Music Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578336 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Hĺvard Gimse,  Jenö Jandó,  Lucy Van Dael
    Conductor:  Richard Edlinger,  Bjarte Engeset,  Alexander Rahbari,  Barry Wordsworth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 1116167 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Margaret Urquhart,  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Marten Boeken,  Remy Baudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden,  Paul Freeman,  János Ferencsik,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Academy,  Musica Amphion,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    A Musical Journey: Austria - Salzburg, Vienna, Gmunden
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110342 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Harald Nerat,  Wolfgang Sobotka
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 18.
    A Musical Journey: Oxford, England
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110343 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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    A Musical Journey: Austria - Hohenwerfen, Weissensee, Styria, Linz, Aggstein, Hallein, Baden
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110335 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    Mozart: Complete Symphonies / Northern Chamber Orchestra, Capella Istropolitana
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501109 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Nicholas Ward,  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 22.
    Beethoven: The Complete Symphonies; Concertos; Overtures
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501204 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Ruxandra Donose,  Hasmik Papian,  Manfred Fink,  Claudio Otelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Drahos,  Barry Wordsworth,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Kenneth Jean
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia,  Capella Istropolitana,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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    A Musical Journey - Italy: Lucca, Tivoli, Tuscany, Liguria
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110327 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Oliver Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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    A Musical Journey - Potsdam: A Musical Visit To Sanssouci And The Bach Museum In Leipzig
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110339 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Bohdan Warchal,  Jaroslav Dvorák
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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    A Musical Journey - Germany - A Musical Visit To The Benedictine Abbey Church At Ottobeuren
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110289 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Bratislava City Choir
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