Zdenek Kosler

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Zdenek Kosler

I want to refer to Zdenek Kosler, a czech conductor, Karel Ancerl's disciple, who only recently have reached some recognition because of a Prokofiev's symphonies integral with the Czech Philharmonic Orch conducted by him, in Supraphon, which is only a minimal demonstration of his art, because he was also an excellent mozartian: in " Allegro", a bargain label, is possible to find symphonies Nos 35 (Haffner) and 36 (Linz), with the Slovak Philharmonic Orch, excellently well recorded and performed (that's the "Linz" version that I prefer!), in Opus label the integral of the Dvorak's symphonies, Smetana's "My Country" with the same orchestra, in Brilliant label, a reference version, and in NAXOS...Mahler's "Titan" symphonie, in which is also my preferred performance of this work, and other recordings. If you don't know it, Zdenek Kosler were originally to record the Mahler's integral in that label, but because of his death it was recorded by polish conductor Antoni Wit. I recommend to you specially Mozart's symphonies Nos 35, 36, 38, 39, 40 and 41, Smetana's "My Country" and Mahler's "Titan" symphonie, mentioned before, all conducted by him, all in bargain labels. Zdenek Kosler was an inmense conductor, that is worth to know. Good, pretty and cheap. Do you know him?? Excuse my english, please. oscar.olavarria

 

RE: Zdenek Kosler

Bravo, Oscar for restoring the reputation of some good (old) almost "unsung heroes".

Parla

RE: Zdenek Kosler

I think the reputation of Kosler has been tained by the numerous budget label cd's that came out in the first years of the medium, and that offered the core repertoire in Eastern-European performances for a fraction of the price of top label cd's. Of course all of these were "DDD", and even if they weren't they had the three magical letters featured prominently on the cover, in order to reel in the suckers who thought DDD was synonymous with "good quality".

There may be surprisingly good performances among them, but the way it was marketed made any recording by the "Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra", conducted by Kosler or someone else suspect among "serious" music lovers. Just one level above the issues with non-existing orchestras and ghost conductors (thank you Alfred Scholz).

Even before the cd era Eastern European recordings were often budget choices. I remember that as a little boy, I couldn't afford the top labels, so my frst Mahler records were Neumann's, with the Czech Philhamonic, the 2nd and 7th, if I remember correctly. Really enjoyed those, and I still think they should be treasured more by Mahler lovers.

Kosler's Prokofiev was great indeed. In fact, his records were the first I listened to, IIRC they were issued on the ultra-cheap Pro-Arte label.

I remember a red-hot burning 2nd, still my favorite among his symphonies, and a beautifully resignated 7th. Much, MUCH better than the disappointing Gergiev/LSO I got my hands on later.

RE: Zdenek Kosler

finally I found Beethoven's 3 piano concerto, played by Claudio Arrau with the Czech Symphony Orch conducted by my admired Zdenek Kosler, a Supraphon recording. This are the links:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLD_eVTrEXM
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW23NAjhWJE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nr_mQe4z58w
 Best wishesdpisani63

 

RE: Zdenek Kosler

Do you mean this Prokofiev set? 

Sergey Prokofiev – Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos 1 - 7

(ling live spotify, by the way :-) ) 

 

Rolf

Zdeněk Košler

ZK made some very good LP recordings in four-track sound in Walthamstow Town Hall with the London Symphony Orchestra at its peak - Mozart Symphony 38 'Prague', Tchaikovsky Symphony 4 and a selection of Dvořák Slavonic Dances. These should be reissued on CD.

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