Ondrej Lenárd

Biography

Born: 1942; Bratislava, Slovakia  
A capable conductor whose name might otherwise have meant little in the West, Ondrej Lenárd has gained currency through a series of recordings released on the Marco Polo and Naxos labels, including a number of CDs devoted to the music of Johann Strauss II. He also led a recording of Havergal Brian's massive Gothic Symphony, allowing the public to hear the work for the first time. Eventually, he came to conduct abroad, winning particular favor in Read more Vienna and the Far East.

While still a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, Lenárd was engaged as chorus master for the Bratislava Opera Chorus. For his graduation concert at the Academy, he appeared before the Slovak Philharmonic, beginning a long association with that ensemble. In 1964, Lenárd was appointed official chorus master of the Slovak National Theatre. Five years later, he was engaged as principal conductor of Bratislava's Czechoslovak Radio Symphony. With that orchestra, he toured and recorded extensively in a relationship that was to endure for decades. Successful appearances in the Far East led to his appointment as standing guest conductor of Tokyo's Japan Shinsei Symphony Orchestra in 1978.

In 1984, another prestigious appointment placed Lenárd in the position of principal conductor of the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava; in the new millennium, he was made general manager of the opera company. During his many years there, he has overseen the careers of such star-quality singers as tenor Peter Dvorský, bass Sergej Kopcák, and dramatic soprano Eva Urbanová. Elsewhere, he forged a positive relationship with the Vienna Staatsoper, Naples' Teatro San Carlo, and the Houston Grand Opera. Guest appearances in many European centers, in Brazil, Canada, and other parts of the United States, contributed to the conductor's growing reputation for mastery of his resources in the opera house and on the concert stage.

Given the title of principal conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic in 1991, Lenárd has led the orchestra in both subscription concerts and in festival performances. Among the latter were acclaimed performances of Verdi's Manzoni Requiem at the 1993 Smetanova Litomy?l Festival. In 1995, Smetana's Vltava was hailed as outstanding and, in 1999, Lenárd won particular commendation for a performance of Honegger's Jeanne d'Arc au bűcher. Read less

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Biography

Born: 1942; Bratislava, Slovakia  
A capable conductor whose name might otherwise have meant little in the West, Ondrej Lenárd has gained currency through a series of recordings released on the Marco Polo and Naxos labels, including a number of CDs devoted to the music of Johann Strauss II. He also led a recording of Havergal Brian's massive Gothic Symphony, allowing the public to hear the work for the first time. Eventually, he came to conduct abroad, winning particular favor in Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Introduction and Royal March of the Lion
II. Hens and Cockerels
III. Wild Asses
IV. Tortoises
V. The Elephant
VI. Kangaroos
VII. Aquarium
VIII. People with Long Ears
IX. The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods
X. Aviary
XI. Pianists
XII. Fossils
XIII. The Swan
XIV. Finale
Act I: Overture
Act I: Scene: Decorating the Christmas Tree
Act I: March
Act I: Scene: Galop for the Children
Act I: Scene dansante
Act I: Scene and Grandfather's Dance
Act I: Scene
Act I: Waltz of the Snowflakes
Act II: Divertissements
Act II: Waltz of the Flowers
Act II: Pas de deux: The Sugar-Plum Fairy and Prince Orgead
Act II: Closing Waltz and Apotheosis
Winter: Introduction
Winter: 4 Variations
Winter: Frost
Winter: Ice
Winter: Hail
Winter: Snow
Winter: Coda
Spring: Scene
Summer: Scene
Summer: Waltz of the Cornflowers and the Poppies
Summer: Barcarolle
Summer: Variations
Summer: Coda
Autumn: Bacchanale and Appearance of the Seasons (Winter - Spring - Bacchanalian Dance - Summer)
Autumn: Petit Adagio
Autumn: Scent and Apotheosis
Part 1: I. Allegro assai: section 1
Part 1: I. Allegro assai: section 2
Part 1: I. Allegro assai: section 3
Part 1: I. Allegro assai: section 4
Part 1: II. Lento espressivo e solenne: section 1
Part 1: II. Lento espressivo e solenne: section 2
Part 1: II. Lento espressivo e solenne: section 3
Part 1: III. Vivace: section 1
Part 1: III. Vivace: section 2
Part 1: III. Vivace: section 3
Part 1: III. Vivace: section 4
Part 1: III. Vivace: section 5
Part 1: III. Vivace: section 6
Part 1: III. Vivace: section 7
Part 2: IV. Te Deum Laudamus: Allegro moderato: section 1
Part 2: IV. Te Deum Laudamus: Allegro moderato: section 2
Part 2: IV. Te Deum Laudamus: Allegro moderato: section 3
Part 2: IV. Te Deum Laudamus: Allegro moderato: section 4
Part 2: IV. Te Deum Laudamus: Allegro moderato: section 5
Part 2: IV. Te Deum Laudamus: Allegro moderato: section 6
Part 2: IV. Te Deum Laudamus: Allegro moderato: section 7
Part 2: IV. Te Deum Laudamus: Allegro moderato: section 8
Part 2: IV. Te Deum Laudamus: Allegro moderato: section 9
Part 2: IV. Te Deum Laudamus: Allegro moderato: section 10
Part 2: IV. Te Deum Laudamus: Allegro moderato: section 11
I. Winter: Introduction
II. Winter: Four Variations
III. Winter: Frost
IV. Winter: Ice
V. Winter: Hail
VI. Winter: Snow
VII. Winter: Coda
VIII. Spring: Scene
IX. Summer: Scene
X. Summer: Waltz of the Cornflowers and Poppies
XI. Summer: Barcarolle
XII. Summer: Variations
XIII. Summer: Coda
XIV. Autumn: Bacchanale and Appearnace of the Seasons
XV. Autumn: Adagio
XVI. Autumn: Apotheosis
I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
II. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo
III. Allegro con fuoco
Introduction
I. Royal March Of The Lion
II. Cocks And Hens
III. Wild Asses
IV. The Tortoise
V. Elephants
VI. Kangaroos
VII. Aquarium
VIII. People With Long Ears
IX. The Cuckoo In The Depths Of The Woods
X. Birds
XI. Pianists
XII. Fossils
XIII. The Swan
XIV. Finale
The Death of Andri
The Death of Ostap
The Prophecy and Death of Taras Bulba
On the Beautiful, Blue Danube, Op.314
On the Beautiful, Blue Danube, Op.314
I. Introduction et marche royale du lion (Introduction and Royal March of the Lion)
II. Poules et Coqs (Hens and Cockerels)
III. Hemiones (Wild Asses)
IV. Tortues (Tortoises)
V. L'Elephant (The Elephant)
VI. Kangourous (Kangaroos)
VII. Aquarium (Aquarium)
VIII. Personnages a longues oreilles (People with Long Ears)
IX. Le Coucou au fond des bois (The Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods)
X. Voliere (Aviary)
XI. Pianistes (Pianists)
XII. Fossiles (Fossils)
XIII. Le Cygne (The Swan)
XIV. Finale
I. Peter in the Meadow
II. The Bird
III. The Duck
IV. The Cat
V. Grandfather
VI. Peter Does Not Listen
VII. Grandfather Takes Peter Home
VIII. The Wolf
IX. The Cat Climbs the Tree
X. The Duck Jumps Out the Pond
XI. The Wolf Swallows the Duck
XII. The Cat and the Bird in the Trees
XIII. The Wolf Prowls in Wait
XIV. Peter Takes a Rope and Climbs the Tree
XV. He Tells the Bird to Distract the Wolf
XVI. Peter Catches the Wolf with a Lasso
XVII. The Wolf Tries to Escape
XVIII. The Hunters Approach with Their Guns
XIX. Peter Suggests They All Take the Wolf to the Zoo
XX. They All March Together, Peter, Then the Hunters with the Wolf
XXI. And after Them Grandfather, Complaining, and the Cat
I. Theme
II. Variations (Woodwind)
III. Variations (Strings)
IV. Variations (Brass)
V. Variations (Percussion)
VI. Fugue
Prelude to Act I (excerpt) (Andante moderato). Aragonaise (Entracte before Act IV Allegro vivo)
Intermezzo (Entracte before Act III Andantino quasi allegretto)
Seguidilla (Act I Allegretto)
The Dragoons of Alcala (Entracte before Act II Allegro moderato)
The Toreadors (from Prelude to Act I Allegro giocoso)
Carmen Suite No. 2: Habanera (Act I Allegretto quasi andantino)
Nocturne (Micaelas Aria, Act III Andante molto)
Song of the Toreador (Act II Allegro moderato)
The New Guard (Childrens Chorus, Act I Allegro)
Bohemian Dance (Gypsy Dance, Act II Andantino quasi allegretto)
Overture
Act I: Tableau, Bild 1 - Scene: Decorating the Christmas Tree
Act I. March
Act I. Scene: Galop for the Children and Entrance of the Grownups
Act I. Scene dansante
Act I. Scene and Grandfather's Dance
Act I. Scene
Act I. Scene
Act I: Tableau, Bild 2 - Scene
Act I. Waltz of the Snowflakes
Act II: Tableau, Bild 3 - Scene
Act II. Scene
Introduction
Act I: The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: Scene
Act I: The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: Waltz - Entance of the Guests
Act I: The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: Scene: Entrance of the Prince's Mother
Act I: The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: Pas de trois: A young man and 2 girls from the Prince's entourage
Act I: The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: Pas de deux - I: Tempo de valse ma non troppo vivo
Act I: The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: Pas d'action: Dance of the Drunken Courtier Wolfgang
Act I: The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: Sujet: Dance of the goblets
Act I: The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: Peasant Dance
Act I: The terrace in front of the palace of Prince Siegfried: Finale: The Flight of Swans
Act II: By a Lake: Scene: The swans swim on the lake
Act II: By a Lake: Scene: Entrance of Prince Siegfried - Odette appears
Act II: By a Lake: Scene: A group of swans swims near - Prince Siegfried invites Odette to his palace
Act II: By a Lake: Dance of the swans: I. Tempo di valse - II. Solo of Odette - III. Dance of the Swans - IV. Allegro moderato - V. Pas d'action - VI. Dance of the Ensemble - VII. Coda
Act IV: By the Lake: Scene: Odette is offended by Siegfried's behaviour
Act IV: By the Lake: Finale: Prince Siegfried begs Odette's forgiveness, breaks Rotbart's spell and is united with Odette
No. 1. Starodavny (Old-Time Dance)
No. 2. Pozehnany (Blessed)
No. 3. Dymak (Blacksmith's Dance)
No. 4. Starodavny (Old-Time Dance)
No. 5. Celadensky (From Celadra)
No. 6. Pilky (Saw Dance)
The Death of Andri
The Death of Ostap
The Prophecy and Death of Taras Bulba
I. Allegretto
II. Andante
III. Moderato
IV. Allegretto
V. Allegro
La danse
La procession et l'improvisateur
La fete
Serenade florentine
Sicillienne
Tarentelle


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