NDR Radiophilharmonie

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The NDR Radiophilharmonie is a German radio orchestra, affiliated with the Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) in Hanover (Germany), the capital of Lower Saxony. The orchestra principally gives concerts in the Großer Sendesaal of the Landesfunkhaus Niedersachsen.

A historical precursor orchestra was the Niedersächsisches Sinfonie-Orchester, a radio orchestra that was affiliated with the Nordische Rundfunk Aktiengesellschaft since the late 1920s. Following World War II, with the founding of the Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk (NWDR), the current orchestra was founded in 1950 originally as the Rundfunkorchester Hannover,.[1] Willy Steiner was the first chief conductor, beginning in 1950, and held the post until 1975.,[2] During his tenure, the orchestra later changed its name to the Radiophilharmonie Hannover. In 2003, the orchestra took its current name of the NDR Radiophilharmonie.

After Steiner, chief conductors have Bernhard Klee, Eiji Ōue and Eivind Gullberg Jensen. Since 2009, Ōue has held the title of conductor laureate (Ehrendirigent) with the orchestra. Since 2014, the orchestra's current chief conductor has been Andrew Manze. In March 2017, the orchestra announced the extension of Manze's contract through 2021.[3]

The orchestra has recorded commercially for such labels as CPO[4][5] and Pentatone.[6]

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  1. ^ Klaus Mlynek, Waldemar R. Röhrbein, Dieter Brosius Geschichte der Stadt Hannover Page 760 1994 "Erfolgreicher war die Entwicklung des Rundfunkorchesters Hannover (ROH).8" Gegründet 1950, als das N WDR-Studio Hannover aus der Pädagogischen Hochschule in das neue Funkhaus am Maschsee übersiedelte, erwarb sich der zunächst aus nur 45 ..."
  2. ^ Klaus Mlynek, Waldemar R. Röhrbein - Hannover Chronik: von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart 1991 Page 273 "WILLY STEINER (65), Dirigent des von ihm nach dem Kriege wiederaufgebauten Rundfunkorchesters Hannover 1950 - 1975 (3. 10.)
  3. ^ "Andrew Manze verlängert Vertrag". NDR. 2017-03-21. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  4. ^ Tim Ashley (2011-07-07). "Krenek: Symphony No 4; Concerto Grosso No 2 – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-07-22. 
  5. ^ Fiona Maddocks (2015-09-13). "Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1, Serenade, In Memoriam CD review – quiet and compelling eloquence". The Observer. Retrieved 2017-07-22. 
  6. ^ Stefan Arndt (2018-02-06). "Andrew Manzes Mendelssohn-Sinfonien mit der NDR Radiophilharmonie". Hannoversche Allgemeine. Retrieved 2018-03-11. 

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