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LADISLAV SLOVAK

Ladislav Slovák ranked as one of the most distinguished personalities in Slovák music life. After finishing the organ course at the City Music School he entered the Conservatory in Bratislava, where he studied organ and conducting with Professor K. Schimpl. Graduating in 1945, he became a producer for Czechoslovak Radio in Bratislava. In 1946 he founded an amateur chorus, which was engaged in 1948 as a professional body by the Czechoslovak Radio. Under the ten-year guidance of Ladislav Slovák the ensemble achieved the highest artistic level.

Two great conductor personalities,Václav Talich and Evgeny Mravinsky, influenced Slovák’s artistic growth and development. Under Talich’s guidance Slovák completed in 1953 his conducting studies at the Music Academy in Bratislava. Talich was the first to discover his exceptional talent and organisational abilities, his persistence and uncompromising approach to creative work. In 1954–55 Slovák became Mravinsky’s assistant with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, where he turned his attention to the rich treasury of Russian orchestral music. After his return Slovák was appointed Principal Conductor of the Czechoslovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava. In autumn 1959 he served as a guest conductor with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in an extended tour to New Zealand, Australia, Japan, China, India and the USSR. In 1961 Slovák was appointed Principal Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. At the same time he undertook more engagements abroad, conducting important orchestras in Europe and in Asia, particularly in Japan, while accepting some longer lasting engagements in Australia, notably with the Radio Orchestras in Melbourne and Adelaide. In 1968 he undertook an extended tour of Canada and the United States with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, alternating with the conductor-in-chief of the orchestra, Karel Ančerl. He was invited to conduct Martinů’s opera Greek Passion and from 1972 to 1976 was also Principal Conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK. He died after a long illness on 22 July 1999.

For Naxos, Slovák recorded the complete cycle of Shostakovich symphonies with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
20th Century Classics Naxos 8.505035
SHOSTAKOVICH Complete Symphonies Vol 1 Naxos 8.505017
SHOSTAKOVICH Complete Symphonies Vol 2 Naxos 8.506003


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Conductor 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
CINEMA CLASSICS, Vol. 12 Naxos
8.556632
Ballet, Orchestral
Discover Music of the Twentieth Century Naxos Educational
8.558168-69
Orchestral
DISCOVER THE SYMPHONY (1998 edition) Naxos Educational
8.554337-38
Orchestral
DISCOVER THE SYMPHONY (2008 edition) Naxos Educational
8.558208-09
Orchestral
EXPLOSIVE CLASSICS Naxos
8.554581
Orchestral
MOYZES: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 Marco Polo
8.225088
Orchestral
MOYZES: Symphonies Nos. 11 and 12 Marco Polo
8.225093
Orchestral
MOYZES: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 Marco Polo
8.225089
Orchestral
MOYZES: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6 Marco Polo
8.225090
Orchestral
MOYZES: Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8 Marco Polo
8.225091
Orchestral
MOYZES: Symphonies Nos. 9 and 10 Marco Polo
8.225092
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556684
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552129-30
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH: Dmitry Shostakovich - A Portrait (WHITEHOUSE) Naxos Educational
8.558188-89
Orchestral, Music Biographies, Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 Naxos
8.550623
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 15 Naxos
8.550624
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 9 Naxos
8.550632
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphonies Nos. 6 and 12 Naxos
8.550626
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 10 Naxos
8.550633
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 11 Naxos
8.550629
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 13, 'Babi Yar' Naxos
8.550630
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 14 Naxos
8.550631
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 4 Naxos
8.550625
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 7, 'Leningrad' Naxos
8.550627
Orchestral
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 8 Naxos
8.550628
Orchestral





 
 
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