Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

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This article is about the orchestra founded in 1923 and situated in East Berlin during the Cold War. For the orchestra founded in 1946 and situated in West Berlin during the Cold War, see Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

The Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin) is a symphony orchestra based in Berlin, Germany. In Berlin, the orchestra gives concerts at the Konzerthaus Berlin and at the Berliner Philharmonie. The orchestra has also given concerts in other German cities such as Aschaffenburg, Essen, Halle, Oldenburg, and Wiesbaden.

The orchestra was founded in 1923 as a radio orchestra, and is the oldest active radio orchestra in Germany. Bruno Seidler-Winkler was the first chief conductor, from 1926 to 1932. During its early years, the orchestra had a reputation for its work with contemporary, 20th-century composers. Composers who guest-conducted the orchestra included Paul Hindemith, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Sergei Prokofiev, Richard Strauss, Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinsky, as well as Krzysztof Penderecki, Walter Schartner and Udo Zimmermann. After the 1949 division of Germany, the orchestra was under the supervision of Rundfunk der DDR (DDR Radio).

Since 2002, the orchestra's chief conductor is Marek Janowski, who has a lifetime contract with the orchestra.[1] He is scheduled to conclude his tenure with the orchestra after the 2015-2016 season. In September 2015, the orchestra announced the appointment of Vladimir Jurowski as its next chief conductor, effective with the 2017-2018 season.[2][3]

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For Pentatone, the orchestra has recorded ten operas and orchestral works of Richard Wagner, the 3rd Symphony of Alfred Schnittke, piano concertos by Tchaikovsky and Grieg, the F-minor mass by Anton Bruckner, and Die Tageszeiten by Richard Strauss.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "Der Dirigent Marek Janowski wird 70". Die Welt. 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  2. ^ "Vladimir Jurowski wird RSB-Chefdirigent" (Press release). Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. October 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-10. 
  3. ^ Volker Blech (2015-10-09). "Feuerkopf und Charmeur". Berliner Morgenpost. Retrieved 2015-10-10. 

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