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Jaroslav Krcek

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Born: April 22, 1939; Ctyri Dvory  
Jaroslav Krcek (also Krecek) is an important contemporary Czech composer and conductor. Most listeners familiar with his name are more likely to know him as a conductor from his numerous recordings on Naxos, Supraphon, Panton, and other labels. Krcek's compositions are eclectic and often contain folk elements meshed with older musical styles as well as modern techniques, sometimes performed on newly designed instruments fashioned after the Read more composer's specifications. Krcek, like Bartók, is also well known for his many arrangements of folk tunes. He has produced a large body of original compositions across a range of genres, including chamber, orchestral and choral music, concertos, and stage works.

Krcek was born in the southern Bohemian town of Ctyri Dvory. Though his family had a musical background (his grandfather was accomplished on several instruments and his mother was an amateur singer), Krcek did not begin music studies until age 14. His first lessons were on the accordion, but he switched to the cello when he studied at the Jaremias School of Music in Ceske Budejovice, Czechoslovakia. He later enrolled at the Prague Conservatory, where his primary teachers were Miloslav Kabelác (composition) and Bohumír Liska (conducting).

After his 1962 graduation Krcek, already the author of several orchestral works, worked briefly as a music editor at the Pilsen-based Czechoslovak Radio Studio and, until 1973, for the recording label Suprahon. He was busy composing during this first decade of his career, too, turning out such works as the Piano Quartet and Variations for Symphony Orchestra, both from 1965. He also co-founded the instrumental ensemble Chorea Bohemica in 1967.

In 1975 Krcek was named artistic director of Musica Bohemia, a group he would lead in numerous recordings in the 1980s and '90s. Among the more popular recordings was the 1995 CD Bohemian Christmas Songs on Supraphon. Since the early '90s Krcek has written few new compositions. Among his last major works was the 1991 Czech Mass, for soloists, choir, and chamber orchestra. Krcek has, however, remained active as a conductor, both in the concert hall and recording studio. Most of Krcek's later recordings were made for Naxos with the Capella Istropolitana ensemble, among them a DVD of Handel's Messiah. A fair number of Krcek's older recordings have been given a second life in the new century, like the 2006 Supraphon reissue of Brixi's rarely performed oratorio Judas Iscariot with Musica Bohemia. Read less
Christmas Concerti / Krcek, Capella Istropolitana
Release Date: 02/15/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550567   Number of Discs: 1
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Manfredini: Concerti Grossi / Krcek, Capella Istropolitana
Release Date: 10/26/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553891   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorak, Suk: Serenades For Strings / Jaroslav Krcek, Et Al
Release Date: 01/13/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550419   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Wind And Brass Concerti / Josef Krcek
Release Date: 02/15/1994   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550386   Number of Discs: 1
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Locatelli: Concerti Grossi Op 1 No 7-12 / Jaroslav Krecek
Release Date: 11/05/1996   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553446   Number of Discs: 1
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    Animals In Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 578281 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  George Frideric Handel,  Edvard Grieg,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  John Artore,  Balazs Szkolay,  Giorgio Koukl,  Takako Nishizaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Kees Bakels,  Peter Breiner,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  David Lloyd-Jones  ... 
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    Dvorak: Complete Published Orchestral Works
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501702 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Ilya Kaler,  Alexander Trostiansky,  Maria Kliegel  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Antoni Wit,  Camilla Kolchinsky,  Dmitry Yablonsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Label: Avalon Records   Catalog: 60286 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Charles Gounod,  Lewis H. Redner,  James R. Murray  ... 
    Performer:  Sara Macliver,  Jonathan Prentice,  Margaret Burdett,  Lynton Atkinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Alfred Walter,  Richard Hayman,  Igor Golovschin,  Jaroslav Krcek  ... 
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    A Musical Journey - Germany - A Musical Visit To The Benedictine Abbey Church At Ottobeuren
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110289 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Bratislava City Choir
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    Musica Bohemica - Songs And Dances Of Bohemian Baroque
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4098 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Anonymous
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Bohemica
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    Switzerland - A Musical Visit To The Abbey Of Einsiedeln
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110302 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Dvorák,  Jaroslav Krcek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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    Great Baroque Masterpieces
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501061 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Nadja Schubert,  Daniel Rothert,  Corinne Chapelle,  Karl Kaiser  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl,  Kevin Mallon,  Bradley Creswick,  Jozef Kopelman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra,  Aradia Ensemble,  Northern Sinfonia  ... 
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    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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    Classical Chill: The Romantic Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578009-10 Release Date: 08/31/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ottorino Respighi,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Ernst Ottensamer,  Benjamin Frith,  Ilya Kaler,  János Bálint  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Bramall,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Enrique Bátiz,  Johannes Wildner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Budapest Rossini Ensemble
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    Ceske Lidove Pisne - Czech Folk Songs / Musica Bohemica
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4019 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Bohemica
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    Takako Nishizaki Plays Suzuki Evergreens, Vol. 6
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572383 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Terence Dennis,  Bob van Asperen,  Lucy Van Dael  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek
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    Eternal Strings
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578027 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Philip Glass,  Alla Pavlova,  Josef Suk  ... 
    Performer:  Adele Anthony,  Olga Vedernikova
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop,  Takuo Yuasa,  Alexander Vedernikov,  Jaroslav Krcek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Ulster Orchestra,  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    The Very Best Of Christmas
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570344 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  J. Reilly Lewis,  Judit Németh,  Ingrid Kertesi,  József Mukk  ... 
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  Michael Halász,  Richard Hayman,  Morten Schuldt-Jensen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Richard Hayman Orchestra  ... 
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    A KDFC Classical Christmas 3
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570363 Release Date: 11/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  John Rutter,  Traditional,  Philip Lane  ... 
    Performer:  Randall K Wong,  Neal Rogers,  Terry Larsen,  Peter Maund  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hayman,  Jeffrey Thomas,  Peter Breiner,  Andrew Sackett  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra,  American Bach Soloists,  Bournemouth Symphony Chorus  ... 
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    The Very Best Of Dvorák
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552139 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Qian Zhou,  Edmund Battersby,  Christian Kohn,  Silke-Thora Matthies  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Antoni Wit,  Michael Halász,  Robert Shafer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joachim Trio,  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vlach String Quartet Prague  ... 
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    Brixi: Judas Iscariothes / Krcek, Musica Bohemica, Et Al
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3866 Release Date: 02/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Xaver Brixi
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Bohemica,  Prague Chamber Chorus
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    Enfants Classiques - Le Meilleur De Vivaldi
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84400 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jirí Stivín,  Jozef Zsapka,  Adele Armin,  Takako Nishizaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Oliver Dohnányi,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Walter Babiak,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Studio Arts Orchestra,  Accademia Ziliniana  ... 
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    Nińos Clásicos - Lo Mejor De Vivaldi
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84406 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jirí Stivín,  Jozef Zsapka,  Adele Armin,  Takako Nishizaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Oliver Dohnányi,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Walter Babiak,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Studio Arts Orchestra,  Accademia Ziliniana  ... 
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    Art And Music - Canaletto - Music Of His Time
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558177 Release Date: 09/20/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Anthony Camden,  Andrew Watkinson,  Niklas Eklund,  Susanne Rydén  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek,  John Georgiadis,  Nicholas Kraemer,  Charles Medlam  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  London Virtuosi,  City of London Sinfonia  ... 
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    Kdfc: A Classical Christmas 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557715 Release Date: 11/30/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Traditional,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Natasha Lipkina,  Arturo Delmoni,  Nina Bodnar,  Nathaniel Rosen  ... 
    Conductor:  Owen Burdick,  Noel Edison,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Martin Baker  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Trinity Church Orchestra,  New York Trinity Church Choir,  Elora Festival Singers  ... 
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    Classical Kids - The Best Of Vivaldi
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84385 Release Date: 10/19/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jirí Stivín,  Jozef Zsapka,  Adele Armin,  Jindrich Pazdera  ... 
    Conductor:  Oliver Dohnányi,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Walter Babiak,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Studio Arts Orchestra,  Accademia Ziliniana  ... 
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    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3657 Release Date: 11/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adam Vaclav Michna
    Performer:  Roman Gottlieb,  Jaroslav Brezina,  Jarmila Mihalikova
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Bohemica
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    Night Music 11 - Classical Favourites For Relaxing
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556611 Release Date: 09/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Edvard Grieg,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Ernst Ottensamer,  Jénö Jandó,  Takako Nishizaki,  Balázs Szokolay  ... 
    Conductor:  Johannes Wildner,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Ondrej Lenárd  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana,  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Night Music 16 - Classical Favourites For Relaxing
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556616 Release Date: 09/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Suk,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Luigi Boccherini  ... 
    Performer:  Hae-won Chang,  Idil Biret,  Zoltán Tokos,  Kodály String Quartet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek,  Robert Stankovsky,  Martin Sieghart,  Kenneth Jean
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Camerata Cassovia,  Danubius String Quartet  ... 
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    Night Music 17 - Classical Favourites For Relaxing
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556617 Release Date: 09/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Gioachino Rossini,  Georges Bizet,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Raimund Havenith,  Maria Kliegel,  Nora Mercz,  János Bálint  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek,  John Georgiadis,  Mátyás Antal,  György Lehel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schubert Ensemble of Budapest,  Budapest Rossini Ensemble,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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