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Bruckner in Cathedral

Bruckner in Cathedral

Czech Horn Chorus / Radek Baborak

Label: Cryston
Format: SACD hybrid
Barcode: 4526977810689
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Catalog number: OVCC 68
Releasedate: 03-08-12
Radek Baborak, one of the best, talented hornists in the world, organizes his own horn ensemble in order to realize the Bruckner's sound world through his own instrument, and succeeded in evoking such a solemn, celestial sound, incommensurable with the sound of organ or even of the orchestra.
  • Radek Baborak is one of the most exceptional horn soloist
  • Radek Baborak was principal horn of the Berliner Philharmoniker for ten years!
  • Nowadays Radek Baborak performs with the world’s leading orchestras or alone in self directed recitals
  • Winner of ARD Munich, Geneve and many other international competitions
  • In 2008 he founded the Czech Horn Chorus – in order to keep up with the traditional, as long as 300 years acclaimed Czech horn school
  • CD: Hybrid (CD + SACD 2ch/5ch)
This is unprecedented, splendid audio source recorded with hornists accompanied by pipe organ in a fine church located in outer Prague, featuring the repertoire based on Bruckner's works. Bruckner himself was also a fine organist at that time, and sometimes his orchestral compositions leave the impression of rich organ sound. Radek Baborak, one of the best, talented hornists in the world, organizes his own horn ensemble in order to realize the Bruckner's sound world through his own instrument, and succeeded in evoking such a solemn, celestial sound, incommensurable with the sound of organ or even of the orchestra.
Radek Baborak is one of the most exceptional hornists, winner of ARD Munich, Geneve and many others international competitions a former principal hornist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, he is a frequent guest of leading orchestras and cooperates with top conductors. His repertoire comprises of the complete horn work from baroque until the present.

In 2000 Baborak became the principal hornist in the Berliner Philharmoniker with whom he, for instance, played as a soloist at the Salzburg Easter Festival (Britten Serenade, Sir Simon R by Ian Bostrige – later released on EMI Classics by the way). Then followed their performances at Prague’s famous Estate Theatre (May Day concert with Mozart’s Barenboim) and of course, at the Berlin Philharmoniker’s concert hall – Konzertstück for 4 horns by Schumann and with conductor Dmitrij Kitajenko the Horn Concerto by Reinhold Gliere to name just some highlits. Baborak then also used to be a member of the Berliner Wind Soloists and the Berliner Horn Octet. As a soloist performs with the Berliner Baroque Orchestra.

Radek Baborak has worked (performed or recorded) with the world’s leading orchestras such as the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Prague, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, DSO Berlin, Royal Symphony Orchestra London, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg,Bach Academie Stutgart and much more.

He worked with with conductors such as James Lewine, Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, Neeme Jarvi…
…and with renowned colleagues such as Yefim Bronfmann, Andras Schiff, Ian Bostridge, Emanuel Pahud, Albrecht Mayer, Gay Braunstein, Lorenz Nasturica, Thomas Quasthoff as well as with leading Vienna Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic members.

It was prof. Karel Krenek under whose leadership an eight year old Radek started to play horn in his hometown Pardubice (then still in communist Czechoslovakia) and who led him to winning all national competions. At the age of 12 Radek became an absolute winner of Concertino Praga (1989).

From 1989 thru 1994 Baborak continued his studies at The Prague Conservatory with a renowned Czech hornist, prof. Bedrich Tylsar. In 1992 Radek ended up 3rd at the annual Prague Spring festival’s competition and was also awarded with the Unesco’s Grand Prix as well as many other international prizes which included, 2nd prize in Geneva (1993), 1st prize at the ARD Munich Competition (1994) and with Afflatus Quintet (1997), Classical Grammy Award (1995) or Davidoff Prix (2000).

Since 1996 he is a key member of the Afflatus Quintet which he won his second ARD prize with, and while having his own Radek Baborak Ensemble (consisting of the horn and a string quartet), in 2008 he also founded the Czech Horn Chorus – in order to keep up with the traditional, as long as 300 years acclaimed Czech horn school. He also plays duo with Yoko Kikuchi-piano, Jana Boušková-harp, Jiří Bárta-cello,…

Before he became principal hornist of The Berliner Philharmoniker in 2000, Baborak already retired from the principal horn in The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra (1996–2000) to be given an exclusive contract with the Bamberg Symphony (2000 –2003). And not to forget Radek’s astonishing career’s beginning, at the age of his 18, without a due for auditioning which is normally compulsory, he was already offered a principal position with the famous Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague (1994–1996).

But as Baborak points out himself, “Every branch will show whether one just gave it a few hours since childhood or if it also merged with a talent. I am so thankful for the talent I was gifted and I am so much grateful for the guidance I was lucky to get. Without any of the two you can never reach certain level,” he remembers his teachers, esp. Karel Krenek and Bedrich Tylsar.

Nowadays, after the 10 years with The Berliner Philharmoniker, Radek Baborak maintains performing as a horn soloist with the world’s leading philharmonic orchestras or alone in self directed recitals... But he is also a keen chamber music performer and interpreter. Since 1996 he is a key member of the Afflatus Quintet which he won his second ARD prize with, and while having his own Radek Baborak Ensemble (consisting of the horn and a string quartet), in 2008 he also founded the Czech Horn Chorus – in order to keep up with the traditional, as long as 300 years acclaimed Czech horn school.

In 2010, after departing the Beliner Philharmoniker, he founded and put together another body – this time The Czech Sinfonietta. Radek Baborak is its artistic leader and a conductor and it consists of the most distinct Czech soloists and chamber music specialists. Jako Docent působil v nadaci Artur Toscanini, hostující Prof. TOHO University Tokyo, Reina Sofia Music school Madrid. Now, he is teaching in AMU.

RADEK BABORAK’s plentiful discography includes highly acclaimed recordings for Octavia Records, Supraphon, EMI Classics, Arte Nova, Sony Music Classical and others