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GYORGY LEHEL

György Lehel studied music at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, as well as privately with Pál Kadosa for composition and Laszlo Somogyi for conducting, and made his début as a conductor in 1946. He went on to work for Hungarian radio as a conductor from 1950 and was awarded the Liszt Prize in 1955 and 1962, the year in which he was appointed as chief conductor of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, also known as the Budapest Symphony Orchestra. Under his direction the orchestra became one of the best in Hungary; it also toured widely and appeared at the 1968 Cheltenham Festival in England, performing music by Gordon Crosse and Elizabeth Maconchy. Lehel himself developed an active international career as a guest conductor, appearing throughout Western and Eastern Europe, including the USSR, America and Japan. He was honoured with the title of Merited Artist of the Hungarian People’s Republic in 1967 and received the Kossuth Prize in 1973. Having become permanent guest conductor of the Basle Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1974, Lehel continued to be active right up to his relatively early death in 1989.

An expressive conductor with a clear and firm beat, Lehel could be relied upon to deliver unaffected readings of a wide repertoire. This extended from the Baroque era to the twentieth century, where he was an especially sympathetic interpreter of music by Hungarian composers: a strong supporter of contemporary Hungarian music, Lehel had many new works dedicated to him. His discography was large, but only limited elements of it have remained generally available since his death. Of note are the recordings which he made of music by his compatriots Bartók, Dohnányi, Kodály and Liszt.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Piano Concertos Naxos 8.501056
Enjoy the Classics (Best of Naxos 1-4) Naxos 8.504003

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Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Conductor 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
101 GREAT ORCHESTRAL CLASSICS, Vol. 5 Naxos
8.551145
Concertos
101 GREAT ORCHESTRAL CLASSICS, Vol. 10 Naxos
8.551150
Orchestral
20TH CENTURY COMPOSITIONS - ORFF, C. / RACHMANINOV, S. / RAVEL, M. / REGER, M. / STRAUSS, R. / STRAVINSKY, I. / RESPIGHI, O. / PROKOFIEV, S. Capriccio
C49007
Concertos
BARTOK, B.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / The Miraculous Mandarin Suite (Kocsis, Budapest Philharmonic, Lehel) Capriccio
C71044
Concertos
BEST OF NAXOS 2 Naxos
8.550002
Concertos
BEST OF NAXOS 4 Naxos
8.550004
Orchestral
CHILL WITH RACHMANINOV Naxos
8.556782
Concertos, Orchestral
CINEMA CLASSICS (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.578021-22
Concertos
CINEMA CLASSICS, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.556622
Concertos
CINEMA CLASSICS, Vol. 4 Naxos
8.556624
Orchestral
CLASSIC MASTERWORKS - Maurice Ravel Capriccio
C49038
Orchestral
CLASSIC MASTERWORKS - Richard Wagner Capriccio
C49034
Orchestral
CLASSIC MOODS - PUCCINI, G. / SCHUBERT, F. / WAGNER, R. / RUBINSTEIN, A. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. Capriccio
C18404
Orchestral
CLASSIC MOODS - TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / DVORAK, A. / GRIEG, E. / DELIBES, L. / BRAHMS, J. / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. / MAHLER, G. Capriccio
C18407
Orchestral
Classics at the Movies: Comedy 1 Naxos
8.556811
Concertos
GREAT CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES - Bestselling Naxos Recordings 1987-2012 Naxos
8.578217
Concertos
GREAT CLASSICAL MASTERPIECES - Bestselling Naxos Recordings 1987-2012 (25 ar med Klassiska Favoriter) Naxos
8.578228
Concertos
GREAT ORCHESTRAL CLASSICS 5 (Australia) Naxos
8.570040
Concertos
GREAT ORCHESTRAL CLASSICS 10 (Australia) Naxos
8.570045
Orchestral
GREAT PIANO CONCERTOS (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501056
Concertos
KLASSIK OHNE KRISE: Ganz grosses Kino Naxos
8.551306-07
Concertos
LISZT, F.: Concerto pathetique (arr. for piano and orchestra) / Rhapsodie espagnole (arr. for orchestra) (Antal, Vaszy, Lehel) (1953, 1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81027
Orchestral
RACHMANINOV (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556682
Concertos, Orchestral
RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Naxos
8.550117
Concertos, Orchestral
RACHMANINOV: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 Naxos
8.571055
Concertos
RAVEL, M.: Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 1 / La valse / Sheherazade / Ma mere l'oye (Seers, Urbanek, Lehel, Pasino, Schneidt) Capriole
CA14013
Orchestral
RHAPSODY - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556617
Orchestral
TCHAIKOVSKY / RACHMANINOV: Piano Concertos Naxos
8.553269
Concertos
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Piano Concerto No. 1 / RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Glemser, Jando, Wit, Lehel) Naxos
8.572937
Concertos
WAGNER, R.: Orchestral Music from Operas (Budapest Symphony, Sofia Radio Symphony, Lehel, Kazandjiev) Capriole
CA15612
Orchestral
WAGNER, R.: Overtures and Preludes (Vienna Symphony, Budapest Symphony, Ahronovitch, Lehel) Capriole
CA15521
Orchestral





 
 
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