The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (SOSR) was established in 1929 as the orchestra of the Bratislava-based branch of the Radiojournal radio institution, being the first professional symphony orchestra in Slovakia. The Czech conductor František Dyk was then appointed to be the first chief conductor of the Orchestra. The beginnings of SOSR are connected with the intense activity of Alexander Moyzes, the head of radio music broadcasting at that time, who contributed to the gradual improvement and enlargement of the Orchestra. Over the years the Orchestra was led by Kornel Schimpl, František Babušek, Krešimir Baranović, Ľudovít Rajter, Richard Týnský, Ladislav Slovák, Václav Jiráček, Bystrík Režucha, Otakar Trhlík, Ondrej Lenárd, Róbert Stankovský, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, Oliver Dohnányi, Mario Košik and Peter Valentovič. Ondrej Lenárd was reappointed chief conductor of the Orchestra in the 2019/2020 season.

Albums

All American Bass

Release Date: September 23, 2022
Catalog Number: NV6464
21st Century
Orchestral
Double Bass
Orchestra
A champion of repertoire and lauded by the New York Times as a virtuoso, double bassist Richard Fredrickson brings his instrument to the forefront on ALL AMERICAN BASS, an album of works composed specifically for him. Joining the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Kirk Trevor, Fredrickson flawlessly navigates the works by Vittorio Giannini, John Carbon, and William Thomas McKinley. From Giannini’s darkly profound and agitated Psalm 130 to Carbon’s Endangered Species, which portrays the double bass as a wild and powerful beast that gracefully reins itself in, to McKinley’s modern, somber-then-lively Passacaglia, Fredrickson’s command of tone and melody creates an unforgettable recording and serves as an encapsulation of the instrument’s potential.

Spells

Release Date: May 12, 2017
Catalog Number: NV6096
21st Century
Chamber
Orchestral
Choir
Orchestra
String Quartet
SPELLS, a new retrospective collection highlighting the music of poet and composer Juli Nunlist, marks a touching journey through the earnest, romantic, and dramatic sounds of the late artist’s compositional language. The album’s works demonstrate Nunlist’s appreciation for tradition and grandeur, and are driven by her remarkable gift for melody and clear fascination with instrumental texture.

Diurnal Thoughts

Release Date: September 1, 2011
Catalog Number: NV5863
21st Century
Concertos
Orchestral
Clarinet
Orchestra
DIURNAL THOUGHTS is a collection of four previously unreleased works for orchestra by composer Francis Fairman. Fairman, who was born into a prolifically musical family and began his studies at a very young age, is able to translate his vivid imagination and vision directly into his music. His compositional style and musical experience allow him to craft pieces that reflect their visual inspirations, as we hear in The Fox, Diurnal Thoughts, and New York Taxi.

Saxophone Concerto

Release Date: April 1, 2011
Catalog Number: NV5848
21st Century
Concertos
Orchestra
Saxophone
Saxophone Concerto is the latest release from renowned composer Lee Actor, featuring five compositions: Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra (2009), which exploits the considerable dramatic and expressive possibilities of the saxophone; Dance Rhapsody (2010) for orchestra, which consists of several strongly rhythmic dance sections interspersed with two slower, nonrhythmic interludes; Concerto for Horn and Orchestra (2007), a work of compact dimensions, consisting of three movements; Opening Remarks (2009), a brisk, upbeat, 6-minute work for orchestra designed as a concert opener; and Celebration Overture (2007), a joyous and invigorating piece with instrumentation similar to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Actor's music is filled with rhythmic drive and shows a superb ear for orchestral color, and he is able to create music that catches the ear and draws the listener into a world of emotion and drama.

Phoenix in Flight

Release Date: June 1, 2008
Catalog Number: NV5801
20th Century
Concertos
Orchestral
Clarinet
Orchestra