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Leonard Slatkin

Leonard Slatkin is one of the world's leading conductors, noted for his performances of American, Russian, and British music, and Haydn symphonies.

He was born to a famous musical family. His father was Felix Slatkin (1915-1963), a Saint Louis-born violinist who rose to become a film score and light music conductor, and founder of the Hollywood String Quartet. Leonard's mother was the excellent cello soloist Eleanor Aller, cellist of the quartet. Between them, they trained their boy in violin, viola, piano, and conducting.

He attended Indiana University (1962) and Los Angeles City College (1963), and studied with Walter Susskind (music director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra) at the Aspen Music School in 1964. He then attended Juilliard School in New York where he studied conducting with Jean Morel, graduating in 1968 with a B. Mus. Degree. In that same year he became assistant conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra under Susskind, and was promoted to Associate Conductor in 1971, Associate Principal Conductor in 1974, and Principal Guest Conductor in 1974. During this period he showed his career-long commitment to musical training for young people by founding the Saint Louis Youth Symphony in 1969 and conducting it.

In 1974 he made his European debut as a guest conductor with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London and made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C. in 1978. He was Artistic Adviser of the New Orleans Philharmonic (1977-1980). In 1979 he founded the Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest series and served as its director for ten years.

In 1979 he was appointed Music Director of the Saint Louis Symphony, beginning a highly successful seventeen-year tenure including five triumphal international tours and many recordings with Vox, EMI, and RCA records. With the Saint Louis orchestra he conducted a notable series of discs of music by American symphonic masters including Bernstein, Copland, Schuman, and Piston. He also has recorded the complete Vaughan Williams and Elgar symphonies, a series of Haydn symphonies, and works of Britten, Shostakovich and Prokofiev, among many others. He has also recorded with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia (London), the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, totaling well over a hundred releases. He has been nominated for Grammy awards more than fifty times and won four times.

In 1990 he became music director of the Great Woods Performing Arts Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts, the summer home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Beginning in 1992 he has been Festival Director of the Cleveland Orchestra's Blossom Festival; the position was created so he could exercise his flair for creative and wide-ranging programming. In 1994 he was the artistic director of the 1994 Festival of American Music at London's South Bank Centre.

In 1996 he took up the position of Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra, and led them in successful tours and recordings. Slatkin was named music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2008 and the Orchestre National de Lyon in 2011. He continues his commitment to youth orchestras, and also conducts opera in many of the world's major houses and festivals. ~ Joseph Stevenson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Brahms: Serenade No.2/Variations On A Theme/Academic Festival Overture

Title: Serenade For Orchestra No. 2 In A Major, Op. 16
Title: Variations On A Theme Of Haydn For Orchestra In B Flat Major (St. Anthony Variations), Op. 56a
Title: Academic Festival Overture, For Orchestra In C Minor ("Akademische Festouvertüre"), Op. 80
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Track List: Slatkin Conducts Russian Showpieces

Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
Title: Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Ravel
Composer: Sergey Prokofiev
Title: Symphony No. 1 In D Major ("Classical"), Op. 25
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Title: Fireworks (Feu D'artifice), Fantasy for Orchestra, Op. 4
Composer: Aram Khachaturian
Title: Gayane Suite, For Orchestra No. 3
Composer: Dmitry Kabalevsky
Title: The Comedians, Suite For Small Orchestra, Op. 26
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Track List: William Bolcom - Songs of Innocence and of Experience (William Blake) / Slatkin, University of Michigan School of Music

Disc 1
Title: Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra

1. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Innocence Part I: Introduction

2. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Innocence Part I: The Echoing Green

3. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Innocence Part I: The Lamb

4. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Innocence Part I: The Shepherd

5. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Innocence Part I: Infant Joy

6. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Innocence Part I: The Little Black Boy

7. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Innocence Part II: Laughing Song

8. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Innocence Part II: Spring

9. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Innocence Part II: A Cradle Song

10. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Innocence Part II: Nurse's Song

11. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Innocence Part II: Holy Thursday

12. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Innocence Part II: The Blossom

13. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Innocence Part II: Interlude

14. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Innocence Part II: The Chimney Sweeper

15. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Innocence Part II: The Divine Image

16. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Innocence, Part III: Nocturne

17. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Innocence, Part III: Night

18. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Innocence, Part III: A Dream

19. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Innocence, Part III: On Another's Sorrow

20. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Innocence, Part III: The Little Boy Lost

21. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Innocence, Part III: The Little Boy Found

22. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Innocence, Part III: Coda

Disc 2

1. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume I, Part I: Introduction

2. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume I, Part I: Hear The Voice Of The Bard

3. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume I, Part I: Interlude

4. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume I, Part I: Earth's Answer

5. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume I, Part II: Nurse's Song

6. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume I, Part II: The Fly

7. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume I, Part II: The Tyger

8. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume I, Part II: The Little Girl Lost

9. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume I, Part II: In The Southern Clime

10. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume I, Part II: The Little Girl Found

11. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume I, Part II: The Clod And The Pebble

12. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume I, Part III: The Little Vagabond

13. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume I, Part III: Holy Thursday

14. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume I, Part III: A Poisin Tree

15. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume I, Part III: The Angel

16. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume I, Part III: The Sick Rose

17. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume I, Part III: To Tirzah

Disc 3

1. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume I, Part III: The Voice Of The Ancient Bard

2. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume II, Part IV: My Pretty Rose Tree

3. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume II, Part IV: Ah! Sun-Flower

4. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume II, Part IV: The Lilly

5. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume II, Part V: Introduction

6. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume II, Part V: The Garden Of Love

7. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume II, Part V: A Little Boy Lost

8. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume II, Part V: A Little Girl Lost

9. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume II, Part V: Infant Sorrow

10. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume II, Part V: Vocalise

11. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume II, Part VI: London

12. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume II, Part VI: The School Boy

13. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume II, Part VI: The Chimney Sweeper

14. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume II, Part VI: The Human Abstract

15. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume II, Part VI: Interlude: Voces Clamandae

16. Songs Of Innocence And Experience, For Soloists, Choruses, And Orchestra: Songs Of Experience, Volume II, Part VI: A Divine Image

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