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Zdenek Kosler

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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
Dvorák: Slavonic Dances Opp 46 & 72 / Kosler, Slovak Po
Release Date: 06/30/1992   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550143   Number of Discs: 1
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R. Strauss: Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel / Kosler, Slovak Po
Release Date: 02/15/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 550250   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Requiem / Kosler, Hajossyova, Horska, Kundlak
Release Date: 06/30/1992   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550235   Number of Discs: 1
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Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Etc / Kosler, Slovak Po
Release Date: 06/30/1992   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550182   Number of Discs: 1
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R. Strauss: Aus Italien, Die Liebe Der Danae / Zdenek Kosler
Release Date: 02/15/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550342   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    Music To Die For - Mozart, Verdi, Beethoven, Wagner, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557411 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Rutter,  Henryk Mikolaj Górecki,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Nicholas Rimmer,  Zofia Kilanowisz,  Adele Anthony,  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  Timothy Brown,  Antoni Wit,  Zdenek Kosler,  Uwe Mund  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  City of London Sinfonia,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3708 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana
    Performer:  Gabriela Benacková,  Peter Dvorsky,  Jindrich Jindrák,  Richard Novák  ... 
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler
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    The Instruments Of The Orchestra / Jeremy Siepmann
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558040-46 Release Date: 12/03/2002   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johannes Brahms,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Idil Biret,  Tedi Papavrami,  Maria Kliegel  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Antoni Wit,  Richard Edlinger,  Takuo Yuasa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Ulster Orchestra  ... 
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  • 29.
    Martinu: Epic Of Gilgamesh / Kosler, Kusnjer, Margita, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555138 Release Date: 04/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu
    Performer:  Stefan Margita,  Ivan Kusnjer,  Ludek Vele,  Eva Depoltová  ... 
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Choir,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Naxos Musical Journey - Mahler: Symphony No 1
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 151024 Release Date: 02/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Fawkes, Richard: The History Of Classical Music / Robert Powell
    Label: Naxos Audio Books   Catalog: 4140 Release Date: 08/31/1999   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Hildegard of Bingen,  Alfonso X (El Sabio),  Guillaume de Machaut  ... 
    Performer:  Jennifer Purvis,  Kasia Elsner,  Simon Weir,  Richard Fawkes  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Kraemer,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Hanspeter Gmür,  Barry Wordsworth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana,  In Dulci Jubilo Children's Choir,  Oxford Camerata  ... 
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  • 32.
    Classics Exposed - Czech Tone Poems / Neumann, Kosler, Et Al
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17017 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Leos Janácek,  Bedrich Smetana
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler,  Václav Neumann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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    R. Strauss: Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel, Etc / Zdenek Kosler, Slovak Po
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553244 Release Date: 05/26/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Cinema Classics 1997
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 551181 Release Date: 08/05/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Anssi Mattila,  Petri Alanko,  Bernd Glemser,  Idil Biret  ... 
    Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Zdenek Kosler,  Barry Wordsworth,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slovak State Philharmonic Chorus  ... 
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  • 35.
    Bartók: Violin Concertos / Suk, Ishikawa, Pesek, Kosler
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 250099 Release Date: 08/10/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Josef Suk,  Shizuka Ishikawa
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek,  Zdenek Kosler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Dvorak - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 69248 Release Date: 11/14/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi,  Frederica Von Stade,  Rudolf Firkusny,  Milan Turkovic  ... 
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler,  Richard Hickox,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 37.
    Discover Classical Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550008-09 Release Date: 12/08/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay,  Zdenek Tylsar,  Bedrich Tylsar,  Alison Crum  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Richard Edlinger,  Ondrej Lenárd,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana,  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 38.
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 223130 Release Date: 07/14/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugen Suchon
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 39.
    101 Great Orchestral Classics Vol 1
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 551141 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Edvard Grieg,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  István Székely
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari,  Anthony Bramall,  Zdenek Kosler,  Daniel Nazareth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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    101 Great Orchestral Classics Vol 6
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 551146 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann,  Josef Strauss,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Anthony Bramall,  András Ligeti,  Ondrej Lenárd,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Budapest Symphony Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    101 Great Orchestral Classics Vol 9
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 551149 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Max Bruch,  Antonín Dvorák,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Stefan Vladar
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Barry Wordsworth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 42.
    Allegri: Miserere And Other Choral Masterpieces
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550827 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Palestrina,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Di Mauro,  Martina Koppelstetter
    Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly,  Mátyás Antal,  Johannes Wildner,  Zdenek Kosler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata,  Hungarian Radio Chorus,  Failoni Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 43.
    Best Of Dvorak
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556661 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Balázs Szokolay
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Zdenek Kosler,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Michael Halász
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Moyzes String Quartet,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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  • 44.
    Discover The Classics Volume 1
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550035-36 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Johann Pachelbel,  Carl Orff,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Gilbert Rowland,  Norbert Kraft,  Klára Körmendi,  Graciela Alperyn  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Edlinger,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Andrew Mogrelia,  Nicholas Ward  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Chorus,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 45.
    Dvorak: Slavonic Rhapsodies
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550610 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler,  Libor Pesek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 46.
    R. Strauss: Aus Italien, Die Liebe Der Danae / Zdenek Kosler
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550342 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 47.
    R. Strauss: Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel / Kosler, Slovak Po
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 550250 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Zdenek Kosler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 48.
    The Best Of Dvorák
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8551111 Release Date: 02/02/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay,  Maria Kliegel
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Zdenek Kosler,  Michael Halász,  Jaroslav Krcek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 49.
    Slavonic Festival / Kosler, Pesek, Stankovsky, Wordsworth
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550376 Release Date: 12/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Leos Janácek,  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Libor Pesek,  Zdenek Kosler,  Robert Stankovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Marco Polo - The Label Of Discovery - Sampler 1
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 223001 Release Date: 12/17/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Glazunov,  Ottorino Respighi,  Reinhold Gliere,  Louis Spohr  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  Daniel Nazareth,  Keith Clark,  Libor Pesek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Rhenish Philharmonic  ... 
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