Artistic Director László Czidra
The Camerata Hungarica is one of the best known Hungarian ensembles in Europe and overseas. Their repertoire covers the European music of the Middle Ages through the Baroque. The ensemble is known as the best performer of the Hungarian and East and West European music of these centuries.
The Camerata Hungarica recorded secular music in Buda Castle of the 16th century the first time ever. They also made first recordings from the music of Transylvania and that of the historical Hungarian territories from the 16-18th centuries. One of these recordings, the double album of the Vietoris Manuscript, won the Grand Prix of the Paris Academy in 1975.
The ensemble performs its rich repertoire on an extremely high level of musicality and technical skills. This is based on the versatile and virtuoso treatment of the instruments.
The Camerata Hungarica has been concertizing abroad continually since the first tour to Italy in 1973. They participated in numerous early music festivals and gave concerts in a long list of countries, from Mexico to Japan, from Sweden to Sicily.
CDs of Camerata Hungarica
- Jacob van Eyck: The Nightingale - Renaissance Recorder Music
- György Róbert (recorder), László Czidra, Daniel Benkõ Camerata Hungarica, Melinda Lugosi, Lassus Quartett 1992 HUNGAROTON HCD 31477 (DDD)
Jacob van Eyck: Prins Robberts Masco (3.8 MB, 2x16bit/22kHz)
- Samuel Scheidt: Ludi & Symphoniae
- Camerata Hungarica, Festetics Quartett, László Czidra, Miklós Spányi, 1989 HUNGAROTON HCD 12798 (DDD)
Courant (4.8 MB, 2x16bit/22kHz)
Renaissance and Baroque Recorder
- László Czidra, Daniel Benkõ, Zsolt Harsányi, Bakfark Consort, Camerata Hungarica, Benkõ Consort, Budapest Early Music Trio, 1989 Glória - Céh GCCD 66002 (DDD)
Dances from "Vietorisz" Manuscript: Polonica (4.6 MB, 2x16bit/22kHz)
- The Gems of Renaissance Music
- Songs and Dances by Heinrich Isaac, Clemens non Papa, John Dowland, Jan Lublin, Josquin Desprez, Andrea Gabrieli a.o. and from the collections by Susato and Phalese. Camerata Hungarica directed by László Czidra, 1987 HUNGAROTON HCD 11720-2, (ADD)
Anonymous: Un cavalier di spagna (5.4 MB, 2x16bit/22kHz)
- Choreae & Carmina
- Renaissance dances from two collections of Pierre Phalese Sen and Jun and their vocal concordances, ("Liber primus leviorum carminum" (1571), "Chorearum molliorum collectanea" (1583)), The Completed Camerata Hungarica directed by László Czidra, 1986 HUNGAROTON HCD 12662-2 (ADD)
Ungaresca (6.5 MB, 2x16bit/22kHz)
- Danserye 1551
- Dances from the Susato Collection and their vocal concordances, Camerata Hungarica directed by László Czidra, 1985 HUNGAROTON HCD 12194-2 (ADD)
La morisque (4.5 MB, 2x16bit/22kHz)
- Music to Entertain the Kings of Hungary 1490 - 1526
- Works of Heinrich Finck, Paul Hofhaimer, Adrian Willaert, Wolfgang Grefinger, Thomas Stoltzer, Dances from the Organ Tablature of Jan Lublin etc., Camerata Hungarica directed by László Czidra, Ars Renata artistic director: László Virág, 1979 HUNGAROTON HCD 12896-2 (ADD)
Thomas Stoltzer: Ich wunsch alln frawen ehr (6.7 MB, 2x16bit/22kHz)
- Court Music for King Matthias
- Works of Jacques Barbireau, Pietrobono, Johannes de Stokem, Johannes Tinctoris. Camerata Hungarica directed by László Czidra, 1978 HUNGAROTON HCD 11844-2 (ADD)
Jacques Barbireau: Der pfoben swancz (2.0 MB, 2x16bit/22kHz)
LPs of Camerata Hungarica
- Chorearum Collectanea HUNGAROTON LPX 11498
- Vietoris Tabulature HUNGAROTON LPX 11577-78 (Grand Prix of the Paris Academy, 1975)
- Collection of Bártfa HUNGAROTON SLPX 11669-70
- Gems of the Renaissance Music HUNGAROTON SLPX 11720
- Court Music of King Matthias HUNGAROTON SLPX 11844
- Music to Entertain the Kings of Hungary 1490-1526 HUNGAROTON SLPX 11983-94
- Danserye (1551) HUNGAROTON SLPX 12194
- Choreae et Carmina HUNGAROTON SLPX 12662
- S.Scheidt:Ludie Symphoniae HUNGAROTON SLPX 12798
From the Repertoire
- East European (Hungarian, Polish, Czech, etc.) instrumental and vocal works (from the late Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque).
- West European instrumental and vocal music from the late Middle Ages.
- Netherlander and French chansons, Italian frottolas and villanellas, Spanish villancicos, 16th century German and English songs.
- Italian, French, Netherlander, German, and English dance music of the Renaissance.
- Baroque chamber music (sonatas, trio sonatas, chamber cantatas etc.)
- "László Czidra is certainly on the same level, if he is not better than those recorder virtuosos who are well-known by us" Digital Audio (USA) 1988-05
- "Un programme original, une realisation sensible et meticuleuse. Les instruments sonnent merveilleusement, les chanterurs sont admirables" Le Monde de la Musique 1987-02
- "En el acpecto musical, el conjunto demostro calidad interpretativa y perfecto dominio de sus instrumentos" El Universal (Mexico) 1986-11-24
- "Czidra, with his musicians playing on ancient instruments, come out on the international scene as one of the best of all making early music" American Record Guide (USA) 1980-09
Contact: László Kovács
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