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     Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia

    Ibolya Toth of the Hungarian Phoenix Studio established this ensemble, named after the Prince Nicolaus II who Haydn worked for as a kapellmeister, in 1992.  It was made up of members of the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra with its conductor being Bela Drahos who is a flautist and conductor of the Budapest Symphony Orchestra.  Initially they were formed to be a recording orchestra for the Naxos record label but have since branched out and appear regularly in concerts open to the public.  Dependent on the works being performed the sinfonia will change its size from a small ensemble to a string orchestra and its repertoire covers everything from Baroque through to holiday favourites.  Their many recordings include Christmas Goes Baroque 2, Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphonies 66-68, Mozart: Le Nozze de Figaro, Baptist; Symphonies Vol. 1, Vivaldi: Complete Bassoon Concertos Vol. 2, Chinese Popular Hits for Piano and Orchestra, Chill with Beethoven and Fidelio which was rated as "One of the Top Ten Recordings of 2000" by Opera News.

     

    Traditional recordings

    Angels We Have Heard on High (Traditional French/James Chadwick/Edward Barnes)

    Naxos 8 550670 (CD: Christmas Goes Baroque 2)

    Conductor - Peter Breiner

     

    Sources:

    1. http://www.naxos.com/orchestrainfo/bio35210.htm
    2. http://basicmusic.net/musicians.php?gid=156
    3. http://www.answers.com/topic/bela-drahos?cat=entertainment
    4. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_dmusic/104-8907763-8399949?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Nicolaus+Esterhazy+Sinfonia

     

     

     

     



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