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.

Capella Savaria

Orchestra, choir, ensemble

(+36 70) 384 3597 (Kalló, Zsolt)
(+36 20) 824 4396 (Rác, Gábor)
Further contact
Capella Savaria Egyesület
9700 Szombathely, Szalónak u. 32.

Capella Savaria founded in 1981, in Szombathely, Capella Savaria has earned its fame as the earliest period-instrument baroque chamber orchestra of Hungary. Its innovative efforts created quite a sensation at the time in musical circles. The ensemble’s objectives were, from the onset, to play baroque and classical music in an authentic way by relying on genuine documents of the period. The founding artistic director was Pál Németh, followed by Zsolt Kalló who has been directing the ensemble since 1999. The members of the ensemble play authentic copies of original, 18th- century instruments, or their copies.

Capella Savaria performs chamber and orchestral pieces as well as operas or oratories. They have made over 60 recordings, issued by Quintana, Harmonia Mundi, Dynamic, Naxos, and Dorian Records, five of which have been awarded with the “Record of the Year” prize. The conductor of their opera and passion series, Nicholas McGegan, has recorded 13 CDs with Capella Savaria. Their CDs also include some genuine rarities such as Hungarian music from the 18th century and the works of Druschetzky, Roman, A. Scarlatti, B. Marcello, Telemann, Werner, Naudot, Rameau, Fasch and Muffat.

They have given concerts in 22 European countries outside Hungary and have appeared in both the Northern and the Southern parts of the American continent and in Israel. They are regular participants of Hungarian early music festivals (in Sopron, Fertőd, Budapest, and Zemplén) but have featured such festivals in Brugge, Innsbruck, Regensburg, Göttingen, Halle, Utrecht, and Zerbst. They often perform on Hungarian TV and radio, and were awarded with the prestigious Liszt Prize in 1991. On the 25th anniversary of the ensemble’s foundation in 2006 the chamber orchestra was honoured with the Prima Primissima Prize in Vas County.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1984 Barokk karácsony - Concertók és kantáták
(Baroque Christmas - Concertos & Cantatas)
Hungaroton SLPD 12561 LP / Reissue on CD: Hungaroton HCD 12561 (1995)
1986 Scarlatti, Alessandro: Giuditta Hungaroton HCD 12910-11 2 CDs
1987 Händel, Georg Friedrich - Buxtehude, Dieterich - Vivaldi, Antonio: Laudate Pueri - Psalm 112 Hungaroton SLPD 12882
1987 Telemann, Georg Philipp: A türelmes Szókratész
(Telemann, Georg Philipp: Der Geduldige Socrates)
Hungaroton HCD 12957-60 4 CDs / Recorded in 1986
1987 Magyar - Régi magyar táncok a XVIII.-XIX. századból
(Magyar - Early Hungarian Dances from the 18th-19th centuries)
Hungaroton SLPD 12885 Own
LP / Reissue on CD: HCD 12885 (1996)
1988 Puer Natus in Betlehem - Barokk karácsonyi zene
(Puer Natus in Betlehem - Baroque Music for Christmas)
Hungaroton SLPD 12997 Reissue on CD: HCD 12997 (1994)
1990 Vivaldi, Antonio: Juditha triumphans Hungaroton HCD 31063-64 2 CDs
1991 Esterházy Pál: Harmonia caelestis - kantáták Hungaroton HCD 31148-49 2 CD
1993 Händel, Georg Friedrich: Terpsicore - előjáték az Il pastor fido című opera seriához; Alcina - zenekari részek (teljes); Ariodante - balettzene Hungaroton HCD 31193
1994 Händel, Georg Friedrich: János passió Hungaroton HCD 12908
1994 Pergolesi, Giovanni: Az úrhatnám szolgáló
(Pergolesi, Giovanni: La serva padrona)
Hungaroton HCD 12846 Recorded in 1986
1994 Puer Natus in Betlehem - Barokk karácsonyi zene
(Puer Natus in Betlehem - Baroque Music for Christmas)
Hungaroton CD 12997 Reissue of Hungaroton SLPD 12997 (1988)
1995 Telemann, Georg Philipp: e-moll szvit; 3 kettősverseny Hungaroton HCD 31284 Own
1995 Händel, Georg Friedrich: Atalanta Hungaroton HCD 12612-14 3 CDs / World premiere recording
1995 Barokk karácsony - Concertók és kantáták
(Baroque Christmas - Concertos & Cantatas)
Hungaroton HCD 12561 Reissue of Hungaroton SLPD 12561 (1984)
1995 Scarlatti, Alessandro: Stabat mater; c-moll fuvolaszonáta Hungaroton HCD 12732
1995 Telemann, Georg Philipp: Hegedűversenyek Hungaroton HCD 31601 Own
1995 Händel, Georg Friedrich: A hűséges pásztor (III. változat)
(Händel, Georg Friedrich: Il pastor fido)
Hungaroton HCD 12912-13 2 CDs
1995 Naudot, Jacques-Christophe: Hat fuvolaverseny Op.11 Hungaroton HCD 31600 Own
1995 Monteverdi, Claudio: Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda: Madrigálok Hungaroton HCD 12952
1995 Händel, Georg Friedrich: Brockes passió Hungaroton HCD 12734-36
1995 Händel, Georg Friedrich: Kantáták Hungaroton HCD 12981 Own
1996 Telemann, Georg Philipp: Brockes passió
(Telemann, Georg Philipp: Brockes Passion)
Hungaroton HCD 31130-32 3 CDs
1996 Muffat, Georg: 12 concerto grosso Hungaroton HCD 31666-67 Own
2 CDs
1996 Magyar - Régi magyar táncok a XVIII-XIX. századból
(Magyar - Early Hungarian Dances from the 18-19th centuries)
Hungaroton HCD 12885 Own
Reissue of Hungaroton SLPD 12885 (1987)
1997 Hungaroton Classic - 1998 Hungaroton HCD 31774 Sampler CD
1997 Haydn, Joseph: Az énekesnő; B-dúr szimfónia No. 35
(Haydn, Joseph: La Canterina; Symphony in B flat major No. 35)
Hungaroton HCD 31664
1997 Händel, Georg Friedrich: Latin motetták Hungaroton HCD 12908 Own
1997 Galuppi, Baldassare: A vidéki kávéház
(Galuppi, Baldassare: Il Caffé di Campagna)
Hungaroton HCD 31658-59 2 CDs
1997 Haydn, Michael: Szimfóniák Hungaroton HCD 31706 Own
1998 Hungaroton Classic - 1999 Hungaroton HCD 31842 Sampler CD
1998 Bach, J. Ch.: Népszerű dalok a Vauxhall Garden hangversenyeire
(Bach, J. Ch.: Favourite Songs Sung at Vauxhall Gardens)
Hungaroton HCD 31730 Own
First recording / Complete edition
1998 Haydn, Michael: Missa Hispanica Hungaroton HCD 31765 Own
1999 Händel, Georg Friedrich: Floridante Hungaroton HCD 31304-06 3 CDs
1999 Telemann, Georg Philipp: Szvitek Hungaroton HCD 31741 Own
1999 Musica Curiosa Hungaroton HCD 12874 Own
1999 Haydn, Michael: Szimfóniák az 1780-as évekből Hungaroton HCD 31810 Own
1999 Caldara, Antonio: La passione di Gesů Cristo Signor Nostro; Szimfóniák Nos. 9, 5, 6, 7 Hungaroton HCD 31862 2 CDs
2000 Vivaldi, Antonio: 5 concerto hegedűre és zenekarra Hungaroton HCD 12684 Own
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Vonósművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - String Players)
Hungaroton HCD 32091-3 3 CDs
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Énekművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Singers)
Hungaroton HCD 32096-98 3 CDs
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Karmesterek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Conductors, 1951-2001)
Hungaroton HCD 32074-77 4 CDs
2004 Karácsonyi koncert
(Christmas Concert)
Hungaroton HCD 32281
2008 Telemann, Georg Philipp: Karácsonyi kantáták/ Chr. Bernhard: Fürchtet euch nicht
(Telemann, Georg Philipp: Christmas Cantatas/ Chr. Bernhard: Fürchtet euch nicht)
Hungaroton HCD 32611 Own
2009 Unger-Hamilton, Clive: Discover Music of the Baroque Era (Unabridged) Naxos NA495912 4 CDs
2013 Vivaldi: The Four Seasons plus Violin Concerto in D major, RV 222 & in D minor, RV 237 Hungaroton HCD 32729 Own
2013 101 Essential Classical Masterpieces: Vivaldi Hungaroton
2014 Baldassare Galuppi: Operas and Sacral Works Hungaroton HCD 41012 8 CDs
2014 Bach, J. S.: Hegedűversenyek
(Bach, J. S.: Violin concertos)
Hungaroton HCD 32749 Own
2014 Joseph Martin Kraus: Szimfóniák és hegedűversenyek
(Joseph Martin Kraus: Symphonies & Violin Concertos)
Hungaroton HCD 32733 Own
2015 Joseph Haydn: Hegedűversenyek
(Joseph Haydn: Violin concertos)
Hungaroton HCD 32771
2016 Schubert, Franz: Symphony No. 5 - Works for Violin and Orchestra Hungaroton HCD 32794 Own
2016 Bach, J. S.: Brandenburg Concertos Hungaroton HCD 32786–87 Own
2 CDs
2017 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: The Complete Works for Violin and Orchestra Hungaroton
2017 Bach, Johann Sebastian: A reformáció és J. S. Bach
(Bach, Johann Sebastian: The Reformation and J. S. Bach)
2017 The Reformation & Johann Sebastian Bach Hungaroton HCD 32763
2017 Mozart: The Complete Works for Violin and Orchestra Hungaroton HCD 32761–62 Own
2 CDs
2018 Joseph Haydn: Symphonies - Capella Savaria (on period instruments) conducted by Nicholas McGegan Hungaroton HCD 32823 Own
2018 Vivaldi: Concertos - Capella Savaria on period instruments Hungaroton HCD 32742 Own
2019 J. S. Bach: Double & Triple Concertos - Capella Savaria on Period Instruments and Zsolt Kalló Hungaroton HCD 32836 Own
2020 Mozart Serenades - Capella Savaria on Period Instruments Hungaroton HCD 32850 Own
2021 Don't Hold Me Bach - The Essential Classics of the Baroque Composer J. S. Bach Hungaroton HCD 32856
2021 Georg Philipp Telemann: Double & Triple Concertos Hungaroton HCD 32860 Own
2022 Michael Haydn - Violin & Flute Concertos Hungaroton HCD 32865 Own
2022 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Double Concertos Hungaroton HCD 32866
2023 Franz Benda: Symphonies & Concertos Hungaroton HCD 32893 Own
2023 Early European and HUNGARIAN Dances Hungaroton HC 32881 Own