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Dear readers.

The topic of the current issue is up-and-coming Czech conductors. Although we do not even attempt to claim that our overview of promising and established young Czech conductors is exhaustive, it does, in my opinion, provide quite a good insight into the fact that the number of high-quality young conductors in the Czech Republic is perhaps somewhat higher in per capita terms than it is elsewhere. A historical counterpart to Jindrich Balek's article and an interview Tomas Hanus gave to Dita Hradecka is represented by a biographical sketch penned by Nikol Kraft dealing with one of the modern-time giants of Czech music and conductor of international renown--Rafael Kubelik. Next year marks the centenary of Kubelik's birth. This magazine has traditionally declined to make too big a deal of various anniversaries (I for one believe that distinguished figures should be written about out of principle, not just because of an arbitrary date on the calendar), hence we feature a piece about Kubelik in accordance with the issue's thematic focus. At the same time, however, we can hope that on the occasion of the Kubelik centenary various printed media will publish other articles about this fascinating artist, highlighting more and more facets of his professional life and legacy. Take our article as an hors d'oeuvre in this respect.

Enjoy the magazine

Petr Bakla

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Title Annotation:appreciating Czech conductors
Author:Bakla, Petr
Publication:Czech Music
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EXCZ
Date:Jul 1, 2013
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