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Rafael Kubelik

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A high conductor of large orchestral works from the past due nineteenth century, Rafael Kubelik was created near Prague in 1914. The child of violinist Jan Kubelik (1880-1940), he analyzed violin, piano, structure, and conducting in the Prague Conservatory. He produced his debut prior to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at age group 19, and in 1939 became the music movie director from the Country wide Opera in Brno, Czechoslovakia. In 1941, he became the music movie director from the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, a post he kept until 1948. In 1948, using the establishment of the Communist dictatorship in Czechoslovakia, Kubelik remaining his homeland and became an exile for another 40 years. Kubelik’s 3 years using the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, from 1950, were annoying. A persuasive rather than dictatorial figure along with a diplomat rather than martinet, he lacked the capability to control the orchestra. Additionally, Kubelik’s musical sensibilities have been formed in the first twentieth century as opposed to the past due nineteenth, as have been the case along with his instant predecessors, and he designed far too very much contemporary music for the flavor of critics and clients. Kubelik was lucky that his visit coincided using the orchestra producing its first transfer to long-playing information for the Mercury label. Among his two dozen recordings using the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was a riveting overall performance of Mussorgsky’s Photos at an Exhibition and something of Smetana’s My Fatherland. Eventually the fit simply wasn’t ideal between Kubelik as well as the orchestra, and he quit the visit. Kubelik offered for 3 years, from 1955 through 1958, as music movie director from the Covent Backyard Opera in London, where he carried out the English premieres of Janácek’s Jenufa and Berlioz’s Les troyens. From 1961 until 1979, he was music movie director from the Bavarian Radio Symphony in Munich, with which he also documented thoroughly (for Deutsche Grammophon), and was the main conductor from the Metropolitan Opera in NY through the 1973-1974 period aswell. He was a most-welcomed visitor conductor in Chicago on many events throughout his afterwards career, made an appearance with practically all from the world’s main orchestras, and documented extensively in Britain, America, and Germany. In 1973, he became a Swiss resident. Rafael Kubelik embodied a custom of sturdy post-Romantic music-making which was ideally suitable for the recording moderate along with the concert hall. He was famous as a get good at of wealthy orchestral color, that was presented most vividly in the past due Intimate and post-Romantic ratings that he was most widely used. This included a lot of the Russian repertory and practically all from the nationalist music from the period, specifically the task of his fellow countrymen Antonin Dvorák, Leos Janácek, and Bedrich Smetana. He documented the latter’s Má Vlast a minimum of four situations on as much different labels, the final at a live show in Prague during 1990 in a concert commemorating the liberation of the united states from Communist guideline released in the Supraphon label. The pure amount of his recordings that stay in printing, and their identical distribution between your “traditional” and contemporary sections of traditional music departments, talks amounts about his long lasting popularity as well as the validity of his shows and interpretations. His comprehensive Beethoven and Mahler cycles continued to be in print for quite some time. Although relatively small of his operatic function was conserved on record, the tiny number of they are also well-regarded, specifically his Rigoletto. With nov the Communist dictatorship, Kubelik, who was simply intermittently ill for quite some time, came back to Czechoslovakia for the very first time in four years with the purpose of resuming composing full-time. Since it was, he previously authored five operas, many symphonies, and different functions for soloist and orchestra, vocal functions, and chamber items.

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Full Name Rafael Kubelík
Died August 11, 1996, Kastanienbaum, Central Switzerland, Switzerland
Profession Composer, Music Director
Education Prague Conservatory
Nationality Swiss
Spouse Elsie Morison, Ludmilla Bertlová
Children Martin Kubelik
Parents Jan Kubelík, Anna Julie Marie Széll von Bessenyö
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Albums My Country, Palestrina, Richard Wagner: Lohengrin (Highlights), Má Vlast, Slavonic Dances opp. 46 & 72, Nicolai: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (2 CDs), Weber: Der Freischütz, Symphony no. 3, Parsifal (feat. conductor: Rafael Kubelik), The Four Symphonies / Overtures: Genoveva, Manfred, Symphonies 7 & 9, Ma Vlast, Lohengrin, Klavierkonzerte (Berliner Philharmoniker feat. Rafael Kubelík, piano: Géza Anda), Orff: Oedipus Der Tyrann, Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5, Mahler: Symphony No.2 "Resurrection", Sinfonietta / Taras Bulba / Concertino, Stabat Mater / Legends, Smetana Mà Vlast, Dvorák: Symphonies Nos.7 & 9, Xerxes, Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" (Mono Version), Janácek: Glagolitic Mass; The Diary Of One Who Disappeared, Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen; Kindertotenlieder; 4 Rückert-Lieder, Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (1958), Symphonies Nos. 38 "Prague", 39 (Bavarian radio Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Rafael Kubelik), Les grands compositeurs de la musique classique : Bedrich Smetana, Vol. 1, Symphonie No. 9 (The Bavarian Band & Chorus feat. confuctor: Rafael Kubelík), Rafael Kubelik-Legendary and Rare Recordings, Vol.5, Brahms: Symphonie No. 3, Op. 90 (Mono Version), The Otto Klemperer Memorial Concert: Mozart: Masonic Funeral Music / Beethoven: Symphony no. 9, Mozart: Ouvertures (Mono Version), Mussorgsky, Ravel: Tableaux d'une exposition (Mono Version), Dvorák: Slavonic Dances op. 46; The Water Goblin, J. Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Smetana: La fiancée vendue, extraits (Mono Version), Rafael Kubelik-Legendary and Rare Recordings, Vol.10, Kubelík directs Dvorák: Piano Concerto In G Minor, Op. 33 - Serenade For Strings In E Major, Op. 22, Kubelik Conducts Mahler: Symphony No. 1, Verdi: Aïda (Sung in German), Symphony no. 40 / Symphony no. 41 "Jupiter", Haydn: Die Schopfung, Mozart: Symphony No. 38 - Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, Rafael Kubelik conducts Great Symphonies, De Falla: Noches En Los Jardines De Espana / Martinu: Piano Concerto No. 5 / Tcherepnin: Bagatelles, Op. 5 / Weber: Konzertstück, Op. 79, Weber: Ouvertüren - Klarinettenkonzert, Op.73 (Eloquence), Recordings conducted by Kubelik, Symphonie Nr. 1 D-dur »Der Titan«, Bloch: Concerto grosso No. 1 - Bartók: Musique pour cordes, percussion et célesta (Mono Version), Symphony no. 3 “Rhenish” / Symphony no. 4 / Manfred Overture
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction
Movies Fritz Wunderlich: The Magic of Wunderlich, Ma Vlast
TV Shows Concert Tonight, Chicago Symphony Chamber Orchestra


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1 Was famous for his performances of Smetana's "Ma Vlast", which he recorded at least twice.


Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Symphonie Nr. 3 Es-Dur opus 55 (Eroica) von Ludwig van Beethoven 1967 TV Movie documentary conductor
Jiný vzduch 1939 conductor

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Palermo oder Wolfsburg 1980 performer: "Das Konzert für Violine und Orchester 'Zum Andenken eines Engels'" - as Raffael Kubelik
Ternos Caçadores 1970 performer: "Oedipus Der Tyrann"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jiný vzduch 1939 Dirigent (uncredited)

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kolya 1996 Himself (Philharmonic Conductor) (uncredited)
Nový Hyperion aneb Volnost, rovnost, bratrství 1992 Documentary Himself
The Lively Arts 1977 TV Series documentary Himself
Live from Lincoln Center 1976 TV Series Himself
Musik zum Ansehen 1972 TV Series Himself
Symphonie Nr. 3 Es-Dur opus 55 (Eroica) von Ludwig van Beethoven 1967 TV Movie documentary Dirigent
Concert Tonight 1953 TV Series documentary Conductor (1953) (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
Chicago Symphony Chamber Orchestra 1951 TV Series Conductor

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1977 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction Live from Lincoln Center (1976)


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