Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

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The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (German: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks) is based in Munich, Germany, one of two full-size symphony orchestras operated under the auspices of Bayerischer Rundfunk, or Bavarian Broadcasting, known as BR. 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 has been Mariss Jansons, whose current contract extends through August 2018.[1]

The orchestra participates in the "Musica Viva" concerts, originally founded by the composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann, to this day.[2]

The orchestra has recorded for a number of commercial labels, including Deutsche Grammophon,[3] RCA, and EMI.[4][5] 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.[6]

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  1. ^ "Mariss Jansons - Vertragsverlängerung bis 2018" (Press release). Bayerischer Rundfunk. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  2. ^ Potts, Joseph E., "European Radio Orchestras: Western Germany" (September 1955). The Musical Times, 96 (1351): 473-475.
  3. ^ Fiona Maddocks (2011-02-19). "Echoes of Time: Lisa Batiashvili (violin), Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Salonen – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  4. ^ Andrew Clements (2004-11-18). "Shostakovich: Symphony No 4, Bavarian Radio Symphony/ Jansons". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  5. ^ Tim Ashley (2005-08-12). "Shostakovich: Symphony No 13, 'Babi Yar', Alexashkin/ Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/ Jansons". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  6. ^ Andrew Clements (2013-04-04). "Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No 9; A Hero's Song – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 

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