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Németh Pál

flute, conductor

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

Pál Németh graduated from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music as a flutist in 1972 and as a conductor in 1975.

Since l975 he has taught at the Conservatory of Music in Szombathely. He plays the flute and harpsichord in addition to conducting the ensemble. He is a pioneer in the Early Music life in Hungary. He founded several ensembles (Capella Savaria, Savaria Chamber Opera, Savaria Baroque, Central European Baroque Orchestra) and he is the artistic director of the Central European Early Music Festival. He has made about 100 CDs and DVDs with Hungaroton, Quintana, Harmonia mundi, Dynamic. Five of his records won “The Record of the Year” prize. He has had concerts in all of Europe as well as in Canada, USA, Brasil and Israel. In 1991 he was awarded the Liszt-prize and in 2001 the Hungaroton-prize.

His goal is to re-discover and perform rarities from the past centuries (The birth of Verbunk - Hungarian Dances, Esterházy: Harmonia Caelestis, works by M. Haydn, A. Scarlatti and Galuppi, passions, chamber operas). His activity in musicology covers particularly the history of Hungarian music in 17-18th centuries.

He aims to stage chamber operas with the Savaria Chamber Opera as well as big opera productions (Monteverdi’s all stage works, Vivaldi: Il Tigrane, Handel: Orlando, Semele, Mozart: Mitridate, The Magic Flute, Britten: Noah’s Ark) with the Budapest Chamber Opera where he works as a conductor.

He was awarded with the Knight of Cross from the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic in 2022.
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)
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)
1987 Händel, Georg Friedrich - Buxtehude, Dieterich - Vivaldi, Antonio: Laudate Pueri - Psalm 112 Hungaroton SLPD 12882
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)
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 Puer Natus in Betlehem - Barokk karácsonyi zene
(Puer Natus in Betlehem - Baroque Music for Christmas)
Hungaroton CD 12997 Reissue of Hungaroton SLPD 12997 (1988)
1994 Pergolesi, Giovanni: Az úrhatnám szolgáló
(Pergolesi, Giovanni: La serva padrona)
Hungaroton HCD 12846 Recorded in 1986
1995 Barokk karácsony - Concertók és kantáták
(Baroque Christmas - Concertos & Cantatas)
Hungaroton HCD 12561 Reissue of Hungaroton SLPD 12561 (1984)
1995 Telemann, Georg Philipp: e-moll szvit; 3 kettősverseny Hungaroton HCD 31284
1995 Scarlatti, Alessandro: Stabat mater; c-moll fuvolaszonáta Hungaroton HCD 12732 Own
1995 Händel, Georg Friedrich: Kantáták Hungaroton HCD 12981
1995 Naudot, Jacques-Christophe: Hat fuvolaverseny Op.11 Hungaroton HCD 31600 Own
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 Haydn, Michael: Szimfóniák Hungaroton HCD 31706
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
1998 Haydn, Michael: Missa Hispanica Hungaroton HCD 31765
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 Hungaroton Classic - 1999 Hungaroton HCD 31842 Sampler CD
1999 Telemann, Georg Philipp: Szvitek Hungaroton HCD 31741
1999 Musica Curiosa Hungaroton HCD 12874 Own
1999 Caldara, Antonio: La passione di Gesů Cristo Signor Nostro; Szimfóniák Nos. 9, 5, 6, 7 Hungaroton HCD 31862 Own
2 CDs
1999 Haydn, Michael: Szimfóniák az 1780-as évekből Hungaroton HCD 31810
2001 Albinoni, Tomaso Giovanni: Vespetta e Pimpione; 6 Balletti a Cinque Hungaroton 32006 First recording
2001 Christmas Festive Concert Capriccio C49310 3 CDs
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Karmesterek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Conductors, 1951-2001)
Hungaroton HCD 32074-77 4 CDs
2002 Corrette, Michel: Pieces pour la Vielle ou Musette, Flute et Basse Continue Hungaroton HCD 32102
2003 Galuppi, Baldassare: I. Gusztáv, Svédország királya
(Galuppi, Baldassare: Gustavo Primo Re di Svezia (Gustavus I, King of Sweden))
Hungaroton HCD 32103-04 First recording / 2 CDs
2004 Karácsonyi koncert
(Christmas Concert)
Hungaroton HCD 32281
2004 Vivaldi, Antonio: Tigranész - Az Erény győzelme a Szerelem és a Gyűlölet felett (Operatöredék)
(Vivaldi, Antonio: Il Tigrane - La Virtů trionfante dell’Amore e dell’Odio (Opera fragment))
Hungaroton HCD 32320 World premiere / First recording
2005 Delavigne, Philibert: Les Fleurs, Six Suites de Pieces a deux Musettes, Suite No.3, Suite No.5 Hungaroton HCD 32201 Own
2005 Hotteterre, Jean & Jacques-Martin: La nopce champetre ou L' Himen Pastoral Suites, sonates et autres pieces Hungaroton HCD 32334 Own
1st recording / Hurdy-Gurdy Series
2008 Telemann, Georg Philipp: Karácsonyi kantáták/ Chr. Bernhard: Fürchtet euch nicht
(Telemann, Georg Philipp: Christmas Cantatas/ Chr. Bernhard: Fürchtet euch nicht)
Hungaroton HCD 32611
2009 Lemenu de St. Philibert, Christophe: 6 Cantatilles Hungaroton HCD 32564 1st recording / Hurdy-Gurdy Series
2013 Ignace Joseph Pleyel: Flute Quartets Hungaroton HCD 32727
2014 Baldassare Galuppi: Operas and Sacral Works Hungaroton HCD 41012 8 CDs
2017 The Reformation & Johann Sebastian Bach Hungaroton HCD 32763
2021 Don't Hold Me Bach - The Essential Classics of the Baroque Composer J. S. Bach Hungaroton HCD 32856