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BELA DRAHOS

Béla Drahos was born in Kaposvar in South-West Hungary in 1955 and entered the Gyor Conservatory in 1969, winning first prizes in the 1971 Concertino Prague International Flute Competition and, a year later, the flute competition staged by Hungarian Television.

Study at the Liszt Academy in Budapest led to graduation with distinction in 1978, then to further awards in Prague and, in 1979, at the Bratislava Interpodium. There were also continuing distinctions, including the Hungarian Liszt Prize in 1985, his selection as Hungarian Artist of the Year in 1986 and the award of the Bartok-Pasztory Prize in 1988.

Béla Drahos is the leader and founding member of the Hungarian Radio Wind Quintet and since 1976 has served as Principal Flautist of the Budapest Symphony Orchestra. His concert career has included performances throughout Europe and as far afield as New Zealand.

He has more recently embarked on a parallel career as conductor, and in the summer of 1993 was appointed conductor of the Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra.

For Naxos, Béla Drahos has produced several discs of the complete cycle of Haydn symphonies, to great critical acclaim. The conductor’s rendering of C.P.E. Bach’s Sonatas for flute and harpsichord was described as “a first-class musical offering” by BBC Music magazine whilst for Classics Today the second of two volumes of Vivaldi’s Flute Concertos with Drahos as soloist “captures the smile that is ever-present in Vivaldi’s music with unerring skill and purity of tone”.

The complete Beethoven symphonies Drahos conducted with the Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia were described as “the Beethoven cycle to have” by BBC Music and “the finest ever digital cycle of the nine symphonies at budget price” by Classic CD. In addition, the recording Béla Drahos conducted of the Beethoven Triple Concerto became a BBC Music Magazine Editor’s Choice.

Besides this enviable output, Béla Drahos appears for Naxos again as director in two volumes of Leopold Hofmann’s flute concertos and as Flute soloist in Vivaldi’s chamber work Il Pastor Fido (Naxos 8.550648) as well as demonstrating his burgeoning versatility by assuming the role of choral conductor in Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Little Organ Mass (Naxos 8.554416).

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Baroque Masterpieces Naxos 8.501061
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Classical Symphonies Naxos 8.501060
A to Z Gift Pack Naxos 8.554775
Adagio Boxed Set Naxos 8.504011
Chill With Collection Naxos 8.501046
Classical Moments 1-3 Naxos 8.506004
Elegie - Relaxing with the Composers Naxos 8.505092
Enjoy the Classics (Best of Naxos 1-4) Naxos 8.504003
HAYDN Complete Symphonies Naxos 8.503400
HAYDN Symphonies Box 3 Naxos 8.505031
Meditation Naxos 8.508010
Meditation (Swedish Edition) Naxos 8.503163
The Very Best Of Naxos 8.502020


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
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Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BACH, C.P.E.: Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord, Wq. 83-87 (Drahos, Pertis) Naxos
8.550513
Chamber Music
Berömda Barockkonserter (Famous Baroque Concertos) Naxos
8.555100
Concertos
BEST OF NAXOS 3 Naxos
8.550003
Concertos
CHILL WITH VIVALDI Naxos
8.556779
Concertos
Discover Music of the Baroque Era Naxos Educational
8.558160-61
Concertos
FLUTE MOMENTS Naxos
8.557788
Concertos
Klassiska Favoriter Guld - Det bästa av det bästa ur Klassiska Favoriter (Gold Classical Favorites) Naxos
8.503129
Concertos
LONGOS: Daphnis und Chloe (gekurzt) Naxos Hoerbucher
NHB20052
Chamber Music
PERFECT SPRING WEDDING Naxos
8.557976
Concertos
SKONA GRONA DAGAR (BEAUTIFUL GREEN DAYS) Naxos
8.503068
Concertos
UNGER-HAMILTON, C.: Discover Music of the Baroque Era (Unabridged) Naxos AudioBooks
NA495912
Concertos
VIVALDI (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552101-02
Concertos
VIVALDI : The Best of Vivaldi Naxos
8.551105
Concertos
VIVALDI: Flute Concertos Naxos
8.571105
Concertos
VIVALDI: Flute Concertos, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.553365
Concertos
VIVALDI: Flute Concertos, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.553101
Concertos
VIVALDI: Pastor Fido (Il), Op. 13, Nos. 1-6 Naxos
8.550648
Chamber Music

Role: Conductor 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
20 KLASSISKA FAVORITER (20 Classical Favorites) Naxos
8.570566
Orchestral
A TO Z OF CLASSICAL MUSIC (The) (3rd Expanded Edition, 2009) Naxos Educational
8.558212-13
Concertos
Adagio 2 Naxos
8.578062-63
Concertos
ANGLAR (Angels) Naxos
8.503096
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN (Eternal) Naxos
8.572131
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556651
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552105-06
Orchestral, Chamber Music, Orchestral
BEETHOVEN FOR MEDITATION (Swedish Edition) Naxos
8.557751
Orchestral, Concertos
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Genius of Beethoven (The) Naxos
8.578194
Orchestral, Concertos
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Naxos Beethoven Album (The) Naxos
8.578109
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 6 (Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia, Drahos) Naxos
8.553474
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5 (Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia, Drahos) Naxos
8.553476
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 8 (Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia, Drahos) Naxos
8.553475
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 7 (Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia, Drahos) Naxos
8.553477
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6 (Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia, Drahos) Naxos
8.554061
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies, Concertos and Overtures (Complete) (12-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501204
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral, Ballet
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphony No. 9, "Choral" (Papian, Donose, M. Fink, Otelli, Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia, Drahos) Naxos
8.553478
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Triple Concerto / Piano Concerto in D Major, Op. 61a (Jando, Dong-Suk Kang, Kliegel, Drahos) Naxos
8.554288
Concertos
BEETHOVEN: Adagio Naxos
8.552240
Orchestral
BEETHOVEN: Overtures, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.553431
Orchestral, Ballet
CHILL WITH BEETHOVEN Naxos
8.556790
Orchestral, Concertos
CHILL WITH VIVALDI Naxos
8.556779
Concertos
CINEMA CLASSICS 2005 Naxos
8.556814
Orchestral
CLASSICAL MOMENTS 1: Classical Music to Wake Up to Naxos
8.555357
Orchestral
CLASSICS AT THE MOVIES - SUSPENSE Naxos
8.556810
Orchestral
CREDO - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
8.556708
Choral - Sacred
Discover Music of the Classical Era Naxos Educational
8.558180-81
Orchestral, Choral - Sacred
Discover Music of the Romantic Era Naxos Educational
8.558155-56
Orchestral
DISCOVER THE CLASSICS, VOL. 3: The Concerto Naxos Educational
8.554486-87
Concertos
DISCOVER THE SYMPHONY (1998 edition) Naxos Educational
8.554337-38
Orchestral
DISCOVER THE SYMPHONY (2008 edition) Naxos Educational
8.558208-09
Orchestral
EXPLOSIVE CLASSICS Naxos
8.554581
Orchestral
Family Symphony Naxos
8.557479DX
Orchestral
FANGA DAGEN (Seize the Day) Naxos
8.578216
Orchestral
Fantasia Naxos
8.551166
Orchestral
FLUTE MOMENTS Naxos
8.557788
Concertos
GREAT BAROQUE MASTERPIECES (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501061
Concertos
GREAT CLASSICAL SYMPHONIES (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501060
Orchestral
GRILLPARZER, F.: Kloster bei Sendomir (Das) Naxos Hoerbucher
NHB10172
Orchestral
HAYDN, J.: Symphonies Nos. 95, 103 and 104 (Drahos, Wordsworth) Naxos
8.572965
Orchestral
HAYDN, J.: Symphonies Nos. 96, 98 and 102 (Wordsworth, Drahos) Naxos
8.572966
Orchestral
HAYDN: Nelson Mass / Little Organ Mass Naxos
8.554416
Choral - Sacred
HAYDN: Symphonies, Vol. 11 (Nos. 53, 86, 87) Naxos
8.550768
Orchestral
HAYDN: Symphonies, Vol. 12 (Nos. 69, 89, 91) Naxos
8.550769
Orchestral
HAYDN: Symphonies, Vol. 13 (Nos. 64, 84, 90) Naxos
8.550770
Orchestral
HAYDN: Symphonies, Vol. 14 (Nos. 97, 98) Naxos
8.550780
Orchestral
HAYDN: Symphonies, Vol. 15 (Nos. 72, 93, 95) Naxos
8.550797
Orchestral
HAYDN: Symphonies, Vol. 21 (Nos. 66, 67, 68) Naxos
8.554406
Orchestral
HAYDN: Symphonies, Vol. 23 (Nos. 27, 28, 31) Naxos
8.554405
Orchestral
HAYDN: Symphonies, Vol. 25 (Nos. 70, 71, 73) Naxos
8.555708
Orchestral
HAYDN: Symphonies, Vol. 27 (Nos. 50, 51, 52) Naxos
8.555324
Orchestral
HOFMANN, L.: Oboe Concertos / Concertos for Oboe and Harpsichord (Schilli, Jando) Naxos
8.553979
Concertos
HOFMANN: Flute Concertos, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.554747
Concertos
HOFMANN: Flute Concertos, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.554748
Concertos
INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL NZ 2001 Naxos
8.555883
Concertos
JESUS CHRIST IN MUSIC Naxos
8.557161
Choral - Sacred
KLASSIK OHNE KRISE: Gelassen geniessen Naxos
8.551300-01
Concertos
KYRIE - Classical Music for Reflection and Meditation Naxos
8.556707
Choral - Sacred
LOVE AND PEACE Naxos
8.557362DX
Orchestral
MAGIC OF THE FLUTE (THE) Naxos
8.571089
Concertos
MCCLEERY, D.: Discover Music of the Romantic Era (Unabridged) Naxos AudioBooks
NA495212
Orchestral
MEDITATION Naxos
8.571075
Orchestral
MEDITATION - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556614
Orchestral
Min Forste Beethoven (My First Beethoven Album) Naxos
8.578235
Orchestral
Min Forste Klassiske Musik (My First Classical Music Album) Naxos
8.578232
Orchestral
Music for Kids CD 8: Music from Planet Earth Naxos Educational
8.558021
Music Education
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - VIENNA: A Musical Tour of the City's Past and Present (NTSC) Naxos
2.110502
Classical Concert
My First Beethoven Album Naxos
8.578206
Orchestral
My First Classical Music Album Naxos
8.578203
Orchestral
PANDA CLASSICS - Issue No. 4: Toon Time Naxos
8.578011-12
Orchestral
PERFECT SPRING WEDDING Naxos
8.557976
Concertos
RHAPSODY - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556617
Orchestral
Stimulerande - Musik för Kropp och Själ (Stimulant - Music for Body and Soul) Naxos
8.572148
Orchestral
Ten Years Of Success Naxos
8.554103
Orchestral
VIVALDI (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552101-02
Concertos
VIVALDI, A.: Bassoon Concertos (Complete), Vol. 1 Naxos
8.555937
Concertos
VIVALDI, A.: Bassoon Concertos (Complete), Vol. 2 Naxos
8.555938
Concertos
VIVALDI, A.: Bassoon Concertos (Complete), Vol. 3 Naxos
8.557556
Concertos
VIVALDI, A.: Bassoon Concertos (Complete), Vol. 4 Naxos
8.557829
Concertos
VIVALDI, A.: Bassoon Concertos (Complete), Vol. 5 Naxos
8.570798
Concertos
VIVALDI, A.: Concertos, RV 93, 356, 406, 428, 454, 406 and 502 (Favourite Concertos) (Pazdera, Zsapka, Valek, Schilli, Wallfisch, Benkocs) Naxos
8.572972
Concertos
VIVALDI: Flute Concertos Naxos
8.571105
Concertos
VIVALDI: Flute Concertos, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.553365
Concertos
Voices of Angels Naxos
8.503071
Orchestral





 
 
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