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The Prague Symphony Orchestra was founded in the autumn of 1934 by the conductor and music administrator Rudolf Pekárek, who defined the new ensemble’s fields of activity with the words Film-Opera-Koncert, which, as the abbreviation FOK, became part of the orchestra’s title. By recording music for the majority of Czech films in the 1930s and performing regularly in live broadcasts of Czechoslovak Radio the FOK Orchestra made a name for itself and its economic existence was assured. This allowed gradual development of concert activities, the main promoter of which, from the very beginning, was Václav Smetáček, who quickly managed to build the orchestra into a large symphonic ensemble fully capable of standing up to strong domestic competition. In 1942 he became the orchestra’s chief conductor, and directed it for a full thirty years. During the period of his leadership the orchestra achieved a high performance standard and international renown. He was followed in succession by Ladislav Slovák (1972–1976), Jindřich Rohan (1976–1977), Jiří Bělohlávek (1977–1989), Petr Altrichter (1990–1992), Martin Turnovský (1992–1995), and Gaetano Delogu (1995–1998). Other important Czech conductors who have worked with the orchestra over a long period have included especially Václav Neumann, Zdeněk Košler, and Vladimír Válek. There have been guest conductors and soloists of international eminence over the years. The Prague Symphony Orchestra has performed in most countries of Europe, repeatedly in Japan and the United States and has also visited South America, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Korea, Turkey, Israel, and other countries. From March 2001 to the end of the 2005/2006 concert season, the Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Prague Symphony Orchestra was Serge Baudo. From the 2006/2007 concert season on, Jiří Kout held the position of Chief Conductor, Serge Baudo was the Honor Conductor.

For further information please visit www.fok.cz.

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Role: Orchestra 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BRAHMS, J.: Symphony No. 3 / KRECEK, J.: Symphony No. 5, "Renaissance" (Prague Symphony, Kout) ArcoDiva
DVORAK, A.: Cello Concerto / Symphony No. 9 (Dvorak Cycle, Vol. 4) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
Classical Concert
DVORAK, A.: Masterworks (3 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
Classical Concert
DVORAK, A.: Requiem (Dvorak Cycle, Vol. 6) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
Classical Concert
DVORAK, A.: Sacred Music - Biblical Songs / Requiem / Stabat Mater / Te Deum (Altrichter, Belohlavek, Pesek) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
Classical Concert
DVORAK: Biblical Songs / Violin Concerto / Te Deum (Dvorak Cycle, Vol. 2) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
Classical Concert
DVORAK: Symphony No. 7 / Slavonic Dances (Dvorak Cycle, Vol. 1) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
Classical Concert
DVORAK: Symphony No. 8 / Piano Concerto (Dvorak Cycle, Vol. 3) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
Classical Concert
GLUCK, C.W.: Ezio (1750 version) [Opera] (Petrdlik) ArcoDiva
INCE, K.: Symphony No. 3, "Siege of Vienna" / Symphony No. 4, "Sardis" (Prague Symphony, Ince) Naxos
KODALY, Z.: Dances of Galanta / MOZART, W.A.: Clarinet Concerto / BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphony No. 8 (Mach, Prague Symphony, Kout) ArcoDiva
Concertos, Orchestral
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 1, "Titan" / MAHLER-WERFEL, A.M.: Lieder (arr. C. and D. Matthews) (Polaskova, Prague Symphony, Macal) ArcoDiva
Vocal, Orchestral
RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Concerto No. 3 / BACH, J.S.: Piano Concerto, BWV 1052 (ed. Busoni) (Skoumal, Prague Symphony, Svarovsky) ArcoDiva
SMETANA, B.: Ma vlast (Prague Symphony, Netopil) ArcoDiva
STRAUSS, R.: Don Juan / BODOROVA, S.: Symphony No. 1, "Con le campane" (Prague Symphony, Kout) ArcoDiva
STRAUSS, R.: Don Quixote / Tod und Verklarung (Prague Symphony, Kout) ArcoDiva

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