Recorded in the Wellington Town Hall, New Zealand in July 2001.

  • Executive Producer:  John Button

  • Producer:  John Button

  • Engineer:  Keith Warren

  • Technical Associate:  Peter Ramutenas

  • Editing:  Keith Warren, John Lyzott, Richard Hulse

  • Front Cover Photography:  Mike Clare

  • Graphic Design:  Mary Adams (Amstore Ltd)

Csaba Erdélyi

Born in Budapest, Csaba Erdélyi opened a new chapter in the history of the viola when he won the prestigious Carl Flesch Violin Competition in 1972 - the first, and only, time that it has been won on the viola. In that same year he was invited to the Marlboro Festival, where he worked with Joseph Szigeti, Rudolf Serkin and Pablo Casals. A viola student of Pál Lukács, and subsequently Yehudi Menuhin and Bruno Giuranna,  Erdélyi  became Menuhin's partner in a number of concerts. Menuhin  wrote to Benjamin Britten "Erdélyi is an important link between the two great musical cultures of Eastern and Western Europe."

Erdélyi  was principal viola of the Philharmonia Orchestra from 1974 to 1978, and guest principal viola, at Gennady Rozhdestvensky's request, of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. As a member of Eszterhazy Baryton Trio he recorded exclusively for EMI.

From 1981 to 1987 he was a member of the Chilingirian Quartet, and professor of viola at the Guildhall School in London. Erdélyi has played in concerts and recordings with Jesse Norman, Andras Schiff, Franco Gulli, George Malcolm and Yo-Yo Ma, and was the viola soloist in the film soundtrack for Amadeus with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the Fields. He has recorded with Decca, Hungaroton, Lyrita, Nimbus and Philips and worked with conductors Sir Colin Davis, Andrew Davis, Raymond Leppard and Riccaro Muti.

Now a permanent resident of the United States, Erdélyi has taught at Indiana and Rice Universities, and is now artist in the residence at Butler University, where he leads viola studies and coordinates chamber music for strings.


A viola by Joseph Curtin, 1990.

  Made on commission for Csaba Erdélyi.



Csaba Erdélyi

Marc Taddei

Marc Taddei is the Musical Director of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Auckland Philharmonia, Musical Director of the Wellington Youth Orchestra and Musical Director of the prestigious 20th Century Classics Ensemble. He is a frequent guest conductor of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Chamber Orchestra. Taddei was trained in both trombone and conducting in his native New York, and has made recordings for BMG, Koch, Concordance, Atoll and Trust Records.

Also Taddei has conducted for television productions for TVNZ, TV3, Fox, NZ Natural History Unit and for C4 Productions in the United Kingdom. The film made for C4 Productions, based on Wagner's Ring Cycle, won the Special Jury Prize at the Prix de Bale 2000.


The Question of Copyright:

Music recordings are copyright for a limited number of years.  This recording is of music that may, or may not be protected by copyright in countries outside New Zealand, where a fifty year period still applies.

However, it is usual for importation to a country where a longer period applies, to be accepted as 'fair dealing with a copyright work'.  This usually exempts individuals and institutions from action where no re-sale for profit is undertaken.

Further, there are some legal opinions that suggest that where 'significant improvement' has taken place as in the Restoration and Orchestration here undertaken by Csaba Erdelyi, it itself may qualify for copyright protection in its own right.  Concordance believes that purchase through our New Zealand website presents no problems to any non-commercial purchaser.

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