Conductor Vladimír Válek turns 80

Vladimír Válek, photo: archive of Czech Radio
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It seems hard to believe, but Czech conductor Vladimír Válek, who headed the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra for 26 years, turned 80 this week.

Vladimír Válek, photo: archive of Czech Radio
In his honour, we are featuring recordings of work by composers Janáček, Dvořák and Smetana, with Mr Válek conducting.