Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

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Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra
Native nameSymphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Short nameBRSO
Founded1949;73 years ago (1949)
Location Munich, Germany
Concert hallPhilharmonie, Gasteig Cultural Centre
Herkulessaal, Munich Residenz
Principal conductor Sir Simon Rattle
Website www.br-so.de

The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (German : Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, BRSO) is a German radio orchestra. Based in Munich, Germany, it is one of the city's four orchestras. The BRSO is one of two full-size symphony orchestras operated under the auspices of Bayerischer Rundfunk, or Bavarian Broadcasting (BR). Its primary concert venues are the Philharmonie of the Gasteig Cultural Centre and the Herkulessaal in the Munich Residenz.

History

The orchestra was founded in 1949, with members of an earlier radio orchestra in Munich as the core personnel. Eugen Jochum was the orchestra's first chief conductor, from 1949 until 1960. Subsequent chief conductors have included Rafael Kubelík, Sir Colin Davis and Lorin Maazel. The orchestra's most recent chief conductor was Mariss Jansons, from 2003 until his death in 2019. [1] Jansons regularly campaigned for a new concert hall during his tenure. [2]

In 2010, Sir Simon Rattle first guest-conducted the BRSO. In January 2021, the BRSO announced the appointment of Rattle as its next chief conductor, effective with the 2023–2024 season, with an initial contract of 5 years. [3]

The orchestra participates in the "Musica Viva" concerts, founded by the composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann, to this day. [4]

The orchestra has recorded for a number of commercial labels, including Deutsche Grammophon, [5] RCA, and EMI. [6] [7] The orchestra received the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for its recording of Shostakovich's 13th Symphony. The orchestra has recently begun to produce recordings under its own BR-Klassik label. [8]

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References

  1. Fridemann Leipold (1 December 2019). "Mariss Jansons gestorben – Eine Ära geht zu ende". BR Klassik. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  2. Nina Siegal (22 December 2014). "Mariss Jansons Fights for New Concert Hall in Munich". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  3. "Sir Simon appointed Chief Conductor" (Press release). Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. 11 January 2021. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  4. Potts, Joseph E., "European Radio Orchestras: Western Germany" (September 1955). The Musical Times, 96 (1351): 473–475.
  5. Fiona Maddocks (19 February 2011). "Echoes of Time: Lisa Batiashvili (violin), Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Salonen – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  6. Andrew Clements (18 November 2004). "Shostakovich: Symphony No 4, Bavarian Radio Symphony/ Jansons". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  7. Tim Ashley (12 August 2005). "Shostakovich: Symphony No 13, 'Babi Yar', Alexashkin/ Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/ Jansons". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  8. Andrew Clements (4 April 2013). "Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No 9; A Hero's Song – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 July 2013.

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