Felix Slatkin

Biography

Born: December 22, 1915; St. Louis, MO   Died: February 8, 1963; Los Angeles, CA  
Among the most consummate of studio musicians, Felix Slatkin achieved fame for violin performance, directing recordings of both standard symphonic fare and appealing arrangements of light music, and for being the leader of a string quartet fondly remembered as one of the finest of its time. Through his affiliation with Capitol Records, he and his wife, Eleanor Aller (cellist with Slatkin's Hollywood String Quartet), were afforded the economic Read more base to pursue performance in areas notoriously unprofitable. Slatkin's death from a heart attack in 1963 caused genuine upset in the Hollywood/Los Angeles studio music world: He had become, by that time, all but irreplaceable.

Slatkin began his music studies when he was six years old in St. Louis with Sylvan Noack. Later, he worked for a year with violinist Isadore Grossman before, at age ten, winning a scholarship to the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied violin with Efrem Zimbalist and took conducting classes with Fritz Reiner. Although he began to acquire a positive reputation as a soloist with major orchestras, he elected to join the St. Louis Symphony when he was 17, soon becoming assistant principal and forming a chamber ensemble of young musicians. In 1935, he won a competition whose first prize included a guest performance with the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra. During this period, he met his future wife. After his Hollywood appearance, Slatkin decided to move to Los Angeles and take up the role of studio musician. He was hired as principal violinist of the 20th Century Fox orchestra, beginning an involvement with the Southern California music milieu that would last the rest of his life (by that time, many prominent composers and solo artists had made their home in the area). In 1939, Slatkin and Eleanor Aller married. She had just become first cellist at the Warner Brothers Studios and soon thereafter, the couple formed the Hollywood String Quartet, drawing in two other studio musicians, violinist Joachim Chassman and violist Paul Robyn. Beginning in 1941, Slatkin served as conductor of the Army Airforce Tactical Command Orchestra stationed at the Santa Ana Air Force Base and, as Aller later commented, "There went the quartet!" When Slatkin was released from service in 1945, he resumed his position as concertmaster at Fox Studios and the quartet regrouped. Paul C. Shure, assistant Fox concertmaster, replaced Chassman and in the ensuing years, the members worked tirelessly to become America's premier string quartet, the first to see its reputation made by recordings. These recordings, including works by Beethoven to Schoenberg, have now been made available once more on the Testament label and confirm in every aspect the quartet's stature. The quartet's luxuriant sound attracted listeners beyond the classical audience; Frank Sinatra chose to record with the group, also relying on Slatkin for musical direction. For Capitol Records, Slatkin made more than two-dozen recordings with the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra and his own Concert Arts Orchestra, including a Grammy-winning disc devoted to Offenbach's Gaîte Parisienne. For Liberty Records, he contributed a dozen plus discs in the "Fantastic" series (Fantastic Strings, Fantastic Brass, Fantastic Percussion of Felix Slatkin, and more). Slatkin's sons have also achieved renown, Leonard Slatkin as a world-class conductor and Fred Zlotkin (using the original spelling of the family name) as a cellist. Read less
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  • 1.
    Golden Age Of Light Music: Invitation To The Dance
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5210 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Bazzini,  Alexandre Luigini,  William Blezard,  Jack Egan  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Renzi
    Conductor:  Dolf van der Linden,  Michael Freedman,  Cedric Dumont,  Harry Davidson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Helmut Zacharias and His Magic Violins
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Nature's Realm
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5194 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Harold Arlen,  Peter Yorke,  Lothar Olias  ... 
    Performer:  The Wayfarers
    Conductor:  Sidney Torch,  Morton Gould,  Frank Chacksfield,  Ray Martin  ... 
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    Imaginary Landscapes - Sounds Of America [20-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 44290 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Scott Joplin,  Ferde Grofé,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Rifkin,  Ralph Grierson,  Richard Rodney Bennett,  Barry Tuckwell  ... 
    Conductor:  Timothy Foley,  George Sponhaltz,  Felix Slatkin,  Ferde Grofé  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Great American Main Street Band,  Southland Stingers,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Essential American Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27851 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Louis M. Gottschalk,  Stephen Foster,  Edward MacDowell,  Scott Joplin  ... 
    Performer:  Leonard Pennario,  Salli Terri,  Evan Stover,  Molly Mason  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Leonard Slatkin,  Neil Richardson,  John McGlinn  ... 
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    Icon - Young Genius Of The Violin / Michael Rabin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6790602 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Henri Wieniawski,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Rabin,  Leon Pommers
    Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic,  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Alceo Galliera  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 6.
    Michael Rabin -  Studio Recordings 1954-1960
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1471 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Alexander Glazunov,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Rabin,  Leon Pommers
    Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Lovro von Matacic,  Alceo Galliera,  Felix Slatkin  ... 
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    Summer In The Park
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 82658 Release Date: 06/21/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  George Frideric Handel,  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Ingrid Fliter,  Han-Na Chang,  Aline Brewer,  Martin Roscoe  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Hans-Martin Linde,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Linde Consort
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    50 Best Violin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48494 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Luigi Boccherini,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Leon Pommers,  Nathan Milstein,  Gidon Kremer  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lysy,  Herbert von Karajan,  Efrem Kurtz,  Pierre Dervaux  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante
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    Springtime In The Park
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 96834 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Edvard Grieg,  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Philippe Collard,  Bruno Rigutto,  Gautier Capuçon,  Gérard Caussé  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean Martinon,  Felix Slatkin,  Paavo Berglund,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble
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    Essential Violin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 07154 Release Date: 02/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Jules Massenet,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Gidon Kremer,  Leonid Kogan  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lysy,  Efrem Kurtz,  Herbert von Karajan,  Kiril Kondrashin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Virtuosi Italiani
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    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; An American In Paris; Gould: Latin-american Symphonette
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 06691 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Leonard Pennario
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin
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  • 12.
    Schubert: Symphony No 9 / Slatkin, St. Louis Symphony
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 90174 Release Date: 01/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
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    Best Violin 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 58521 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Vittorio Monti,  Fritz Kreisler,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
    Performer:  Tasmin Little,  John Lenehan,  Leon Pommers,  Nathan Milstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin,  Alceo Galliera,  Iain Sutherland,  Leonard Slatkin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante,  Virtuosi,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Great American Grofé / Slatkin, Grofe, Hollywood Bowl So
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 34451 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferde Grofé
    Conductor:  Ferde Grofé,  Felix Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capitol Symphony Orchestra,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites;  Ippolitoff-ivanoff, Et Al /Slatkin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67099 Release Date: 07/23/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov,  Claude Debussy,  Frederick Delius
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra,  Concert Arts Orchestra
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    Capitol Classics: Strings By Starlight / F Slatkin, Rabin
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 63660 Release Date: 03/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Alexander Borodin,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Rabin
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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    Waltz! / Felix Slatkin, Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 63659 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Jean Sibelius,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Emil Waldteufel
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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    Bolero / Felix Slatkin, Hollywood Bowl SO
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 63738 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emil Waldteufel,  Jules Massenet,  Maurice Ravel,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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    Great American Gershwin - Rhapsody In Blue, Etc
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66086 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Leonard Pennario
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin,  Alfred Newman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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    Offenbach: Gaite Parisienne, Etc / Slatkin, Hollywood Bowl
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67248 Release Date: 11/16/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Aram Khachaturian,  Jules Massenet,  Léo Delibes  ... 
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    The Military Band - Salute To The Services / Felix Slatkin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66827 Release Date: 06/02/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stafford Smith,  Frank W. Meacham,  Josef Franz Wagner,  Edwin Eugene Bagley  ... 
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concert Arts Symphonic Band
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  • 22.
    Great American Grofé / Slatkin, Grofe, Hollywood Bowl So
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66387 Release Date: 03/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferde Grofé
    Conductor:  Ferde Grofé,  Felix Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capitol Symphony Orchestra,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 23.
    An Evening With The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 68860 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Emil Waldteufel  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Rabin,  Leonard Pennario
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin,  Carmen Dragon,  Miklós Rózsa,  Earl Bernard Murray  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Favorite Waltzes / Felix Slatkin, Miklós Rózsa
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 69023 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Iosif Ivanovici,  Emil Waldteufel,  Josef Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin,  Miklós Rózsa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Romeo & Juliet, Marche Slave
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 69033 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  William Steinberg,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Igor Markevitch,  Felix Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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