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Aura Musicale and European Union Baroque Orchestra

Baroque flutist Benedek Csalog appears with Aura Musicale (Hungaroton) and Monica Huggett directs the European Union Baroque Orchestra (Channel Classics).

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Photo: Courtesy of Joanne Rile Artists Management

British violinist Monica Hugget directs the European Union Baroque Orchestra in the Channel Classics recording "Birds, Beasts, and Battles."

The Hungaroton label catalog is filled with recordings of music that you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. One gem is a program of Quantz flute concertos with baroque flutist Benedek Csalog and Aura Musicale. Csalog’s playing is as virtuosic as the ensemble’s is magnetic.

Johann Joachim Quantz: Concerto in G minor, III. Presto
Benedek Csalog, baroque flute, and Aura Musicale/Balázs Máté — 4 Concertos for Flute (Hungaroton, 2000)
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The European Union Baroque Orchestra* has released on a handful of recordings, yet they’ve all been exceptional for their terrific performances. Their 1992 Channel Classics label CD entitled “Birds, Beasts, and Battles” is a favorite. Directed by Monica Huggett, the program is an electric romp through the music of Biber, Schmelzer, Muffat, and Vivaldi.

*Formerly known as the European Community Baroque Orchestra.

Heinrich Ignaz von Biber: Suite “Battalia,” I. Allegro
European Union Baroque Orchestra/Monica Huggett — Birds, Beasts, and Battles (Channel Classics , 1992)
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Johann Joachim Quantz: Concerto in G minor, III. Presto
Benedek Csalog, baroque flute, and Aura Musicale/Balázs Máté — 4 Concertos for Flute (Hungaroton, 2000)
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Johann Joachim Quantz: Concerto in G major, I. Allegro assai
Benedek Csalog, baroque flute, and Aura Musicale/Balázs Máté — 4 Concertos for Flute (Hungaroton, 2000)
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Heinrich Ignaz von Biber: Suite “Battalia,” I. Allegro
European Union Baroque Orchestra/Monica Huggett — Birds, Beasts, and Battles (Channel Classics , 1992)
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Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto “Il Grosso Mogul,” III. Allegro
European Union Baroque Orchestra/Monica Huggett — Birds, Beasts, and Battles (Channel Classics , 1992)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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