Kurt Redel

Biography

Born: October 8, 1918; Breslau, Germany  
Kurt Redel is one of those seemingly ubiquitous figures in the world of music, appearing on numerous recordings in varied repertory, mostly on smaller or obscure labels. Many of his CDs have theme-oriented titles (Piano by Starlight, Classics for Lovers, etc.), and a large number feature him in just a few selections, sharing honors with other, often lesser-known conductors. Yet, Redel has consistently achieved acclaim throughout his career -- and Read more has made recordings where he is the featured conductor. Redel started out as a flutist in symphony orchestras, but in 1953, the year he founded the Munich Pro Arte Orchestra, he shifted his focus to conducting. Thereafter he forged a highly successful career as a conductor and has appeared on hundreds of recordings.

Redel was born in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland), on October 8, 1918. A multi-talented youth, he studied flute, piano, and violin, as well as conducting and composition at the Breslau Conservatory. He won several flute competitions in the late 1930s, including at Vienna and Geneva, and in 1939 was given membership in the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and awarded a professorship at the Salzburg Mozarteum. In 1941 Redel relocated to Munich, the city that served as the center of his career for more than a half century. There he performed at the Bavarian State Opera until the end of the war.

After a stint teaching at the Northwest German Music Academy in Detmold (1946-1953), Redel founded the Munich Pro Arte Orchestra. He began touring widely with the ensemble and soon turned out his first recording. That effort was awarded a Grande Prix du disque from the prestigious Academie Charles Cros, the first of several Redel received during his career.

Redel has been eclectic throughout his career: he took part in the avant-garde movement in Europe, appearing in Darmstadt at classes in the 1950s and '60s with Boulez, Stockhausen, and company; yet he also regularly led performances of works from the Baroque, Classical, and later periods. Some credit Redel with being instrumental in the rediscovery of Pachelbel's Canon. Throughout his conducting career he has performed regularly as guest conductor of many major European orchestras and has appeared at some of the most important festivals. He founded the Lourdes Festival and served as its director for 20 years. He has mostly been inactive in the new century. Read less
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  • 1.
    The 50 Most Essential Mozart Masterpieces
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 112 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Finghin Collins,  Elisabeth Ganter,  Maszella Holzapfel,  Julie Palloc  ... 
    Conductor:  Heribert Beissel,  David Parry,  Francesco Macci,  Zdenek Kosler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Soloists,  St. Petersburg Soloists,  New York Philomusica
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  • 2.
    Greatest Hits In Classical Music
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 57031 Release Date: 07/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Magda Bergreich,  Dieter Goldmann,  Helena Spitkova,  Peter Schmalfuss  ... 
    Conductor:  Sidney Lark,  Vladimir Petroschoff,  Ernst Delgado,  Sven Bengston  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caspar da Salo Quartett
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  • 3.
    Bach: Musikalisches Opfer / Redel, Munich Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 5046658082 Release Date: 11/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Kurt Redel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Pro Arte Orchestra
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  • 4.
    Three Violinists Play Bach
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 7043 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Devy Erlih,  H. Merckel,  Kurt Kalmus,  Reinhold Barchet
    Conductor:  Kurt Redel
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  • 5.
    40 Most Beautiful Winter Classics / Various
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 696674 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Piero Toso,  Joost Van der Linden,  Viktoria Postnikova,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Ton Koopman,  Kurt Redel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra  ... 
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  • 6.
    Frederick The Great: Concertos For Flute / Kurt Redel
    Label: Philips Baroque Classics   Catalog: 426083 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick the Great
    Performer:  Kurt Redel
    Conductor:  Kurt Redel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Pro Arte Orchestra
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  • 7.
    Open Road: Classics
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 55550 Release Date: 07/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Bergerich,  Dieter Goldmann,  Leonard Hokanson
    Conductor:  Sidney Lark,  Vladimir Petroschoff,  Ernst Delgado,  Sven Bengtson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Camerata Academica
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  • 8.
    Great Tenor Arias
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 82618 Release Date: 05/22/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Julia Hamari,  Jussi Björling,  Mario Sereni  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Alain Lombard,  Gabriele Santini,  Thomas Schippers  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 9.
    Telemann: Matthäus-passion / Kurt Redel, Swiss Festival Orch
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 432500 Release Date: 04/18/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Franz Crass,  Horst Günter,  Sena Jurinac,  Theo Altmeyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Redel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Chorus,  Swiss Festival Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Guitar Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000250302 Release Date: 07/13/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandre Lagoya,  Ida Presti,  Pepe Romero,  Andrés Segovia  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Redel,  Kenneth Sillito,  Nick Ingman,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Budapest Film Orchestra  ... 
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  • 11.
    Baroque Guitar / Segóvia, Williams, Romero, Fernández
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000106002 Release Date: 09/09/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Ludovico Roncalli  ... 
    Performer:  Narciso Yepes,  Pepe Romero,  Eduardo Fernandez,  Alexandre Lagoya  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Redel,  George Malcolm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Pro Arte Orchestra,  English Concert
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  • 12.
    Bach In The Evening
    Label: Platinum Disc   Catalog: 1462 Release Date: 11/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Charles Gounod
    Performer:  Vittorio Fanti,  Roger Steptoe,  Eberhard Kraus,  Kurt Redel  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Lamont,  Kurt Redel,  Hans Petermichl,  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Chamber Orchestra,  Munich Pro Arte Orchestra,  Munich Bach Orchestra  ... 
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  • 13.
    Bach Essentials / Redel, Pro Arte Orchestra
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 8573821542 Release Date: 05/08/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Kurt Redel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Orchestra
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    Telemann: St. Mark Passion, Etc / Redel, Giebel, Et Al
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 462293 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann
    Performer:  Ira Malaniuk,  Theo Altmeyer,  Heinz Rehfuss,  Agnes Giebel  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Redel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Youth Chorus,  Pro Arte Orchestra
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  • 15.
    Viotti: Violin Concertos 22 & 23 / Lola Bobesco, Kurt Redel
    Label: Talent Records   Catalog: 13 Release Date: 08/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Viotti
    Performer:  Lola Bobesco
    Conductor:  Kurt Redel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Bach: Mass In B Minor, Mass In F / Jochum, Redel
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 438739 Release Date: 03/15/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Agnes Giebel,  Gisela Litz,  Hermann Prey,  Peter Pears  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Redel,  Eugen Jochum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Pro Arte Orchestra,  Lausanne Pro Arte Chorus,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    Bach: Missae Breves / Kurt Redel
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 432494 Release Date: 05/12/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Agnes Giebel,  Elly Ameling,  Gisela Litz,  Birgit Finnilä  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Redel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Bach Soloists,  Pro Arte Orchestra
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