Frantisek Jilek

Biography

Born: May 22, 1913; Brno, Czech Republic   Died: September 16, 1993; Brno, Czech Republic  
Frantisek Jilek was a Czech conductor and musicologist whose specialty was the music of Leos Janácek. A native of Brno, he began his musical studies in his hometown under Zdenek Chalabala and Jaroslav Kvapil; he completed his courses with Vitezslav Novák in Prague. Jilek's conducting career began in earnest in Brno in 1936, where he worked as an assistant with the Brno opera. In 1939 Jilek was named chief conductor of the Ostrava opera, and in Read more Ostrava fell under the influence of theater director Jaroslav Vogel, who was a Janácek enthusiast. In 1948 Jilek returned to Brno and assumed his former duties as an assistant, but moved into the position of head conductor at the Brno opera in 1952, holding onto this job until his retirement in 1978. During his long tenure at Brno, Jilek worked tirelessly on behalf of Janácek's operas and in 1958 staged them all during a single festival. Jilek's editions of some Janácek operas, especially that for From the House of the Dead, are considered the standard for performance. After his retirement from the Brno opera, Jilek also led the Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra until 1983, during which time he performed works of Janácek, Novák, and a great deal of Czech contemporary music. Jilek also taught conducting at the Janácek Academy in Brno. Read less
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  • 1.
    Martinu: Opera Suites And Excerpts
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: SU3742-2 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu
    Performer:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Václav Neumann,  Czech State Philharmonic Orchestra (Brno)
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann,  Frantisek Jilek
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  • 2.
    Best Of Classics - Bach, Beethoven, Strauss, Vivaldi, Dvorak, Chopin, Mozart
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4013 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Leos Janácek  ... 
    Performer:  Jiri Reinberger,  Jan Kalfus,  Miroslav Kejmar,  Zuzana Ruzicková  ... 
    Conductor:  Bohumil Kulínsky,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Milan Munclinger,  Josef Vlach  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Children's Chorus,  Musica Bohemica,  Ars Rediviva  ... 
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    Czech Opera Highlights
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4026 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Bedrich Smetana
    Performer:  Daniela Sounová-Brouková,  Ivana Mixová,  Benno Blachut,  Gabriela Benacková  ... 
    Conductor:  Jiri Pinkas,  Zdenek Kosler,  Jaroslav Krombholc,  Zdenek Chalabala  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague National Theatre Orchestra,  Brno Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Martinu: Spalícek [complete], Etc / Jílek, Et Al
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3925 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu
    Performer:  Pavel Horácek,  Jirina Marková,  Richard Novák,  Anna Kratochvílová  ... 
    Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek,  Frantisek Jilek,  Pavel Kühn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kühn Mixed Chorus,  Prague Symphony Orchestra,  Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 5.
    Janácek: Orchestral Works Vol 1 / Jílek, Brno State Po
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3886 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Conductor:  Frantisek Jilek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Janácek: Orchestral Works Vol 2 / Jilek, Brno State Phil
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3887 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Conductor:  Frantisek Jilek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Janácek: Orchestral Works Vol 3 / Jírek, Brno State Po
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3888 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Karolina Dvorŕkovŕ,  Jiri Benes,  Ivan Zenaty,  Marie Gajdosova
    Conductor:  Frantisek Jilek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 8.
    Janácek: Jenufa / Jilek, Benacková, Kniplova, Pribyl, Et Al
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3869 Release Date: 06/27/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Nadezda Kniplova,  Anna Barová,  Jindra Pokorna,  Karel Berman  ... 
    Conductor:  Frantisek Jilek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brno Janácek Opera Orchestra,  Brno Janácek Opera Chorus
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    Janácek, Dvorák, Smetana, Verdi, Puccini: Arias / Benacková
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3853 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Performer:  Gabriela Benacková,  Eva Depoltová,  Vera Soukupová,  Peter Straka  ... 
    Conductor:  Bohumil Gregor,  Václav Neumann,  Zdenek Kosler,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague National Theatre Orchestra,  Prague National Theatre Chorus  ... 
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    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3392 Release Date: 11/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pavel Josef Vejvanovsky,  Jan Vaclav Vorisek,  Antonín Dvorák,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Performer:  Zdenek Sedivy,  Josef Hora,  Miroslav Kejmar,  Peter Skvor
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek,  Václáv Smetácek,  Jiri Belohlávek,  Václav Neumann  ... 
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    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 111492 Release Date: 11/01/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Zdenék Fibich
    Performer:  Václav Zitek,  Ivo Zidek,  Miroslav Svejda,  Nada Sormová  ... 
    Conductor:  Frantisek Jilek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague National Theatre Orchestra,  Prague Radio Chorus,  Prague National Theatre Chorus
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  • 12.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3045 Release Date: 11/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Gabriela Benacková,  Sergej Kopcak,  Vilém Pribyl,  Jan Hora  ... 
    Conductor:  Frantisek Jilek,  Sir Charles Mackerras
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  • 13.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 112153 Release Date: 10/25/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Jirina [Soprano Vocal] Markova,  Bohuslav Marsík,  Jaroslav Soucek,  Vilém Pribyl  ... 
    Conductor:  Frantisek Jilek
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