Zdenek Kosler

Biography

Born: March 25, 1928; Prague, Czech Republic   Died: July 2, 1995; Prague, Czech Republic  
Czech conductor Zdenék Kosler achieved international recognition as a compelling interpreter of large portions of the Czech and Central European repertories. Equally at ease on the concert stage and in the opera house, he led several acclaimed recordings and presided over the premieres of a number of Czech concert works. Instructed as a child by his musician father, Kosler later attended the Prague Academy of Musical Arts, where he majored in Read more conducting, composition, and piano. During his years there, he was privileged to work with the famous Czech conductor Karel Ancerl. After serving as assistant conductor for the Czech Choir and the Kühn Children's Chorus, Kosler was engaged by the Prague National Theatre in 1948. In 1951, he made his podium debut there, also appearing for the first time with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. In 1956, Kosler placed first in the Besançon International Competition for conductors. From 1958 to 1962, he served as director of the Olomouc Opera. While engaged as director of the Ostrava Opera (1962 to 1966), he won the 1963 Dimitri Mitropoulos Competition, affording him the opportunity to work as an assistant to Leonard Bernstein during the 1963-1964 season. Following a year as principal conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Kosler left to become conductor and music director of Berlin's Komische Oper, where the brilliant Walter Felsenstein was stage director. After three seasons, Kosler left to conduct on a guest basis before accepting a five-year residency as director of the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava in 1971. Concurrently, he appeared as guest conductor with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and served as resident conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he filled for a decade. During this period, Kosler also accepted numerous guest assignments in Europe, the Far East, and Canada. From 1980 to 1985, Kosler was music director and chief conductor of the Prague National Theatre Opera. He returned to the company in 1990 as chief conductor. Among Kosler's many recordings are several from his tenure with the Prague National Theatre, notably Smetana's The Bartered Bride, Dalibor, and Libuse. His recordings of Strauss' tone poems for Naxos are also noteworthy. Read less

Biography

Born: March 25, 1928; Prague, Czech Republic   Died: July 2, 1995; Prague, Czech Republic  
Czech conductor Zdenék Kosler achieved international recognition as a compelling interpreter of large portions of the Czech and Central European repertories. Equally at ease on the concert stage and in the opera house, he led several acclaimed recordings and presided over the premieres of a number of Czech concert works. Instructed as a child by his musician father, Kosler later attended the Prague Academy of Musical Arts, where he majored in Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
No. 1 in C Major
No. 2 in E Minor
No. 3 in A-Flat Major
No. 4 in F Major
No. 5 in A Major
No. 6 in D Major
No. 7 in C Minor
No. 8 in G Minor
No. 1 in B Major
No. 2 in E Minor
No. 3 in F Major
No. 4 in D-Flat Major
No. 5 in B-Flat Minor
No. 6 in B-Flat Major
No. 7 in C Major
No. 8 in A-Flat Major
Introit: Requiem aeternam
Kyrie eleison
Sequence No. 1: Dies irae
Sequence No. 2: Tuba mirum
Sequence No. 3: Rex tremendae majestatis
Sequence No. 4: Recordare, Jesu pie
Sequence No. 5: Confutatis maledictis
Sequence No. 6: Lacrimosa dies illa
Offertory No. 1: Domine Jesu Christe
Offertory No. 2: Hostias et preces
Sanctus
Benedictus
Agnus Dei
Communion: Lux aeterna
Bass Solo and Chorus: Gilgames!
Gilgames!
Bass Solo: Vyslysela stiznost bozska Aruru
(Chorus): Cloveka neznal ni vlast
Bass Solo: Sam uz nechod
Chorus: Sam uz nejde lovec
Tenor Solo and Chorus: Zeno, hle, on!
Bass Solo and Chorus: K stadu kdyz pak pohledl
Soprano Solo: Ja k tobe vzhlizim
Speaker: I souhlasil v nitru svem
Chorus: Nam vsem v udel
Speaker: Gilgames a Enkidu
Tenor Solo: Ja pak vesel v onu tmu
Chorus: Enkidu trapil se den
Baritone Solo: Narek slyste muj, vy starci!
Chorus: Enkidu nic nevidi
Chorus: Gilgames, kam chvata?
Baritone Solo: Skon pritele meho zdeptal mne
Chorus: Gilgames, kam chvata?
Introduction
Soprano Solo: Gilgames, odekdy sily pozbyl?
Baritone Solo: Mne pritele skon podlomil
Speaker: Gilgames, jenz nevnikl
Soprano Solo and Chorus: To hlina jest
Baritone Solo and Chorus: Enlile, muj otce!
Spes, vladce luny
Eo, spln zadost!
Hlina zeme ho zahy odnala nam
Speaker, Baritone and Bass Soli with Chorus: I vyslysel ho Ea-buh
Sinfonietta (1926): I. Allegretto
Sinfonietta (1926): II. Andante
Sinfonietta (1926): III. Moderato
Sinfonietta (1926): IV. Allegretto
Sinfonietta (1926): V. Allegro
Taras Bulba, Rhapsody for Orchestra (1915-16): I. The Death of Andri
Taras Bulba, Rhapsody for Orchestra (1915-16): II. The Death of Ostap
Taras Bulba, Rhapsody for Orchestra (1915-16): III. The Prohphecy and the Death of Taras Bulba
Introduction
Of the Afterworldsmen
Of the Great Longing
Of Joys and Passions
The Funeral
Song of Science
The Convalescent
The Dance Song
The Night Song
The Night-Wanderer's Song
Auf der Campagna (In the Compagna)
In Roms Ruinen (At the Ruins of Rome)
Am Strande von Sorrent (On the Beach at Sorrento)
Neapolitanisches Volksleben (Scenes from Neapolitan Life)
Introit: Requiem aeternam
Kyrie eleison
Sequence: I. Dies irae
Sequence: II. Tuba mirum
Sequence: III. Rex tremendae majestatis
Sequence: IV. Recordare, Jesu pie
Sequence: V. Confutatis maledictis
Sequence: VI. Lacrimosa dies illa
Offertory: I. Domine Jesu Christe
Offertory: II. Hostias et preces
Sanctus
Benedictus
Agnus Dei
Communion: Lux aeterna
I. Also sprach Zarathustra
II. Of the Afterworldsmen
III. Of the Great Longing
IV. Of Joys and Passions
V. The Funeral
VI. Song of Science
VII. The Convalescent
VIII. The Dance Song
IX. The Night Song
X. The Night-Wanderer's Song


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