Kammerorchester des Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (German: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks) is a German radio orchestra based in Munich, Germany, the official orchestra of the Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Radio). Its primary concert venues are the Philharmonie am Gasteig and the Herkulessaal in the Residenz.
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, the longest serving of the orchestra's chief conductors, as well as Sir Colin Davis and Lorin Maazel. Since 2003, the orchestra's chief conductor is Mariss Jansons. Jansons' contract has most recently been extended through August 2018.
The orchestra participates in the "Musica Viva" concerts, originally founded by the composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann, to this day.
The orchestra has recorded for a number of commercial labels, including Deutsche Grammophon, RCA, and EMI. 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.
- Eugen Jochum (1949-1960)
- Rafael Kubelík (1961-1979)
- Sir Colin Davis (1983-1992)
- Lorin Maazel (1993-2002)
- Mariss Jansons (2003present)
- Bayerischer Rundfunk (3 June 2013). Mariss Jansons - Vertragsverlängerung bis 2018. Press release. Retrieved on 2013-07-14
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- Andrew Clements, Shostakovich: Symphony No 4, Bavarian Radio Symphony/ Jansons, The Guardian, 2004-11-18. URL accessed on 2013-07-14.
- Tim Ashley, Shostakovich: Symphony No 13, 'Babi Yar', Alexashkin/ Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/ Jansons, The Guardian, 2005-08-12. URL accessed on 2013-07-14.
- Andrew Clements, Antonín Dvoák: Symphony No 9; A Hero's Song review, The Guardian, 2013-04-04. URL accessed on 2013-07-14.
- Official website
- Discography at SonyBMG Masterworks