The Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra) dates back to the beginnings of music broadcasting in 1923, and has since sustained its position amongst the leading orchestras in Berlin, and amongst other radio orchestras throughout Germany and worldwide. Marek Janowski, with whom we have numerous breakthrough classic recordings, was artistic director and chief conductor of the RSB from 2002 to 2015.
“The musicians had offered Marek Janowski the position of principal conductor for life in 2008, but in 2015 he decided to make room for a successor from the younger generation. This successor has been found now in the person of Vladimir Jurowski, one of the most interesting possibilities we could have wished for on the world-wide music scene.” says the RSB.
The release of Strauss’ “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” and Mahler's “Totenfeier’’ in September 2017 will be timed to coincide with Vladimir Jurowski’s taking up of office. To celebrate together the decision to choose a successor such as Jurowski, one of today’s most sought-after conductors, we decided to name the RSB as our Orchestra of the Season! During the months of June to December 2017 we will be sharing throw-back videos from the numerous and everlasting previous successes, as well as from exciting new projects. Stay tuned for a year of incredible releases with the RSB!
BBC Music Magazine
"A lean, cleanly contoured Glagolitic, lacking the elemental charge and raw abandon of some versions. Taras Bulba is generally well played, if again short on real cutting edge and excitement.''
American Record Guide
" Janacek's signature dotted rhythms are somewhat rounded, smoothing out the usual angularity in this music. The strings play with a beautiful warm tone as opposed to the silvery glint of the Czech orchestras. The recording follows suit, with its warm tone"
(September/ October 2013)
"Janowski takes an altogether gentler view of the work compared to the ebullient energy of Kubelik and in particular Mackerras...Not suprisingly, Janowski is at his most effective in the 'Agnece Bozij' (Agnus Dei); this is gracefully done. The extraordinary organ solo is well played."
Artist of the Season Diary
Presenting Mozart Flute Quartets
Four members of the RSB talk about this new exciting album, which is also their very first releas...
A new Season with Maestro Vladimir Jurowski
The RSB starts the 2017/2018 season with its new Chief Conductor!
Throwback 1: Recording with pianist Denis Kozhukhin
The pianist tells us about his collaboration with RSB and Maestro Sinaisky to record two piano wa...
Mahler's Totenfeier and Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra
RSB's new Chief Conductor, Vladimir Jurowski tells us why these two composers fit so well togethe...
Throwback 2: Recording with pianist Nareh Arghamanyan
Video clip of Nareh Arghamanyan in collaboration with RSB performing Prokofiev piano concerto
Britten and Hindemith violin concertos
Arabella Steinbacher and Maestro Jurowski talk about their personal connection with this difficu...
Hansel and Gretel with Maestro Janowski
Presenting the animation clip of RSB's recording with Marek Janowski, Hansel and Gretel