Artist database

This is the Artist Database of BMC, which includes information about composers, musicians, orchestras, choirs and groups that are either Hungarian or Hungarian by origin or live in Hungary, as well as information about releases recorded with them.

Affetti Musicali

Orchestra, choir, ensemble

(+36 1) 215 3048
(+36 20) 572 1653

The ensemble Affetti Musicali has been cooperating with more first-rank Hungarian performers in the recent years. Some of them are internationally well-known like the soprano Ingrid Kertesi, Éva Lax mezzo-soprano, Balázs Máté cellist, winner of the 1990 Brugge Old Music Competition, or Anikó Horváth harpsicord player. Individually the members have played with many of the foremost early music artists and groups in Hungary and abroad, most notably with Paul Esswood, Nicholas McGegan, Derek Lee Ragin, Frans Brüggen, John Eliot Gardiner, Jordi Savall, Sigiswald Kuijken, Capella Savaria, Musica ad Rhenum, the Festetics Quartet, Wiener Akademie and Concerto Armonico.

The ensemble made its first CD in 1996 under Hungaroton label (HCD 31597). It contains first recordings of little-known sacred cantatas by Telemann, mostly with obbligato trumpet. Their second CD will be released in 1997 with Pachelbel's enchanting but entirely forgotten strophic arias; the performing edition is based on the unique manuscript of the arias held in Berlin.

Affetti Musicali has repeatedly performed these programs in concert halls, in radio and TV with great sucess. (The Telemann program requires the participation of seven performers, while the Pachelbel concert involves a larger ensemble with violins and viols). Other available programs with Affetti Musicali include baroque chamber music in Middle Europe (Hungary, Bohemia, also Austria and Poland); cantatas by Alessandor Scarlatti, mostly with recorder(s); Italian cantatas by the three Saxons (Händel, Heinichen, Hasse; Hasse-tricentenary in 1999!); cantatas, duets and psalms by Benedetto Marcello; Italian duets, cantatas and arias from the 17th century (Carissimi, Cesti, L. Rossi, A. Melani, Steffani); French Baroque solo motets (Charpentier, Campra, Couperin); Italian Baroque solo motets (Monteverdi, Viadana, Scarlatti, Hasse); Chamber music with trumpet (Telemann, Melani, Stachowicz etc.); Chamber music with viols (Buxtehude, Marais, B. Marcello, Clérambault); Peculiar cantatas and trio sonatas: rare instruments and exceptional ideas (Telemann, Heinichen, C. Ph. E. Bach, Quantz, Locatelli).