Biography

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 other radio orchestras throughout Germany. From 2002 to 2015, Marek Janowski was artistic director and chief conductor of the RSB. Vladimir Jurowski has been named as his successor, starting in the 2017-2018 season. Previous chief conductors (including Sergiu Celibidache, Eugen Jochum, Hermann Abendroth, Rolf Kleinert, Heinz Rogner, and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos) have all helped to create the ensemble’s exceptional sound.

Since its foundation, the RSB has invited major composers to conduct or to perform as soloists in their own works. These have included Paul Hindemith, Sergei Prokofiev, Richard Strauss, and Igor Stravinsky, as well as Krzysztof Penderecki, Peter Ruzicka, and Jörg Widmann.

The RSB is particularly attractive for capable young conductors from the international music scene, with Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Altinoglu, Jakub Hrůša, Alondra de la Parra, Lahav Shani and Omer Meir Wellber performing in recent years.

The collaboration with Deutschlandradio, the main shareholder of the ROC GmbH Berlin to which the RSB belongs, has born rich fruit on CD. Starting in 2010, together with PENTATONE, great effort was put into the live recording of the successful ten part Wagner cycle.

Other activities of the RSB include special concerts for families and children, as well as guest performances in the major international concert halls, which have taken place over the past 50 years. Alongside regular tours of Asia the orchestra appears at German and European festivals.

 
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Discography

Richard Wagner - Das Rheingold

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Richard Wagner - Der fliegende Holländer

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Franz Liszt The 2 Piano Concertos - Totentanz - Fantasy on Hungarian Folk Tunes

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Leoš Janácek - Mša Glagolskaja (Missa Solemnis) & Taras Bulba

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Richard Wagner - Tannhäuser

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Richard Wagner - Tristan und Isolde

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Richard Wagner - Lohengrin

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Richard Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

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Richard Wagner - Parsifal

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Johannes Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem

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Szymanowski & Dvořák - Violin Concertos

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Richard Wagner - Die Walküre

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Richard Wagner - Siegfried

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Richard Wagner - Götterdämmerung

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Piano Concertos by Serge Prokofiev and Aram Khachaturian

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Schubert Lieder, orchestrated by Reger & Webern

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Richard Strauss - Symphonia Domestica & Die Tageszeiten for male chorus and Orchestra

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Richard Wagner – The Operas

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Schnittke - 3rd Symphony

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Wagner - Overtures, Preludes and Orchestral Excerpts

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Beethoven - Missa Solemnis

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Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23 / Grieg - Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

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Wagner - Der Ring des Nibelungen

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Wagner - Der Ring des Nibelungen

Marek Janowski

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Richard Strauss - Also sprach Zarathustra / Gustav Mahler - Totenfeier

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