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The Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV (MÁV Szimfonikus Zenekar) was founded in 1945 by the Hungarian State Railways. Since then, it has developed a wide-ranging repertoire from music of the Baroque era to works by contemporary composers, and is currently ranked among the best professional ensembles in Hungary.

The orchestra has performed throughout Europe as well as in Cyprus, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Oman. Performances have taken place at many of the most important and respected concert halls, such as the Musikvereinssaal in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and the Shanghai Oriental Art Centre. The Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV was the only Hungarian orchestra to participate in Tokyo’s legendary Three Tenors Production in 1999. In 2012 Péter Csaba became the orchestra’s artistic director and chief conductor; Kobayashi Ken-Ichiro has held the post of honorary guest conductor since 2014.

Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV
Photo: Zsuzsanna Rózsa

Role: Orchestra 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BLOCH, E.: Suite for Viola and Orchestra / Baal Shem / Suite hebraique (Hong-Mei Xiao, Budapest Symphony MAV, Smolij) Naxos
Orchestral, Concerto
ERKEL, F.: István király (King Stephen) [Opera] (Gurbán, Nyári, Bazsinka, King Stephen Opera Choir, Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV, Csányi) Naxos
ROZSA, M.: 3 Hungarian Sketches / Rhapsody / Notturno ungherese (Kosower, Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV, Smolij) Naxos
Orchestral, Concerto, Orchestral
ROZSA, M: Viola Concerto / Hungarian Serenade (Karni, Smolij) Naxos
Concerto, Orchestral
SZÉCHÉNYI, I.: Dances for Orchestra (Complete) (Budapest Symphony MÁV, Csányi) Naxos
WEINER, L.: Csongor és Tünde (2nd version, 1959) / Ballata (Szűcs, Jubilate Girls Choir, Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV, Csányi) Naxos
Concerto, Ballet
ZÁDOR, E.: 5 Contrasts / Children's Symphony / Aria and Allegro / Hungarian Caprice (Budapest Symphony MAV, Smolij) Naxos
ZÁDOR, E.: Biblical Triptych / A Christmas Overture / Rhapsody for Large Orchestra / Fugue Fantasia (Budapest Symphony MÁV, Smolij) Naxos
Orchestral, Instrumental
ZÁDOR, E.: Dance Symphony / Variations on a Hungarian Folksong / Festival Overture (Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV, Smolij) Naxos
ZÁDOR, E.: Divertimento / Elegie and Dance / Oboe Concerto / Studies (Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV, Smolij) Naxos
Orchestral, Concerto
ZÁDOR, E.: Plains of Hungary (The) / Fantasia Hungarica / Variations on a Merry Theme (Fejérvári, Balogh, Budapest Symphony MÁV, Smolij) Naxos
Orchestral, Concerto, Orchestral, Concerto

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