The Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra) dates back to the first hour of musical broadcasting by Deutscher Rundfunk in October 1923. Since then it has been able to develop its position enduringly as one of Berlin's top orchestras, and in the highest echelon of German radio orchestras. In September 2017 Vladimir Jurowski became Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the RSB. Marek Janowski was Artistic Director of the RSB before him, from 2002 to 2015, leading it highly successfully in symphonic concerts and concertante opera performances. Previous Chief Conductors (incl. Sergiu Celibidache, Rolf Kleinert, Heinz Rögner and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos) all helped to create a flexible body of sound sharing in the changing circumstances of 20th century German history in a very special way. Important composers have come to the orchestra’s lectern in person or performed their own works here as soloists: Paul Hindemith, Sergei Prokofjew, Richard Strauss, Arnold Schönberg, Igor Strawinsky, as well as Krzysztof Penderecki, Peter Ruzicka and Jörg Widmann in more recent years.
The RSB is particularly attractive for young conductors from the international music scene. Most recent guests have included Lahav Shani, Jakub Hrůša and Alondra de la Parra and Omer Meir Wellber, and in years past, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vasily Petrenko and Alain Altinoglu.
Cooperation with Deutschlandradio is extremely productive in regard to CDs. Outstanding examples of such recordings include the concertante Wagner cycle.
Many musicians of the RSB share their expertise and musical sensitivity through commitment to ambitious concerts and projects for children and young people. For more than 50 years the RSB has also been appearing on important national and international stages. Besides regular tours of Asia, the orchestra makes guest appearances at European festivals and in German centres of music.
Richard Wagner - Das Rheingold
Richard Wagner - Der fliegende Holländer
Franz Liszt The 2 Piano Concertos - Totentanz - Fantasy on Hungarian Folk Tunes
Leoš Janácek - Mša Glagolskaja (Missa Solemnis) & Taras Bulba
Richard Wagner - Tannhäuser
Richard Wagner - Tristan und Isolde
Richard Wagner - Lohengrin
Richard Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Richard Wagner - Parsifal
Johannes Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem
Szymanowski & Dvořák - Violin Concertos
Richard Wagner - Die Walküre
Richard Wagner - Siegfried
Richard Wagner - Götterdämmerung
Piano Concertos by Serge Prokofiev and Aram Khachaturian
Schubert Lieder, orchestrated by Reger & Webern
Richard Strauss - Symphonia Domestica & Die Tageszeiten for male chorus and Orchestra
Richard Wagner – The Operas
Schnittke - 3rd Symphony
Wagner - Overtures, Preludes and Orchestral Excerpts
Beethoven - Missa Solemnis
Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23 / Grieg - Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
Wagner - Der Ring des Nibelungen
Wagner - Der Ring des Nibelungen
Engelbert Humperdinck - Hänsel und Gretel
Richard Strauss - Also sprach Zarathustra / Gustav Mahler - Totenfeier
14 August 2017
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05 July 2017
"Vladimir Jurowski delivers an absolutely stunning account that vividly captures the work’s drama and ...
22 May 2017
Press release: Baarn, The Netherlands, May, 2017 In June, PENTATONE releases four very in...
12 November 2016
Opera News wrote an extensive review on our release of the widely praised and unique box set of Wagner's compl...
04 August 2016
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25 July 2016
At the starting day of the Bayreuther Festspiele, the grand festival particularly for Wagner, Dutch national newsp...
05 May 2016
"Listening to Kozhukhin, you’re left with one thing: the music – incontestable, complete. ...
04 May 2016
"The performance of Janowski and the Berlin RSO, too, would merit greater discussion: It’s one of the...
20 February 2016
"Christian Elsner's voice poised between the lyric and dramatic, sings with intelligence and feeling.&...
15 December 2015
"Elsner is steadfast and impressive in vocal colouring and clarity. With near effortless delivery he holds ...
05 November 2015
Press release: Baarn, The Netherlands, 5 November 2015 PENTATONE, the classical music label specialising...
06 October 2015
Press release: Baarn, The Netherlands, 6 October 2015 PENTATONE, the classical music label specialising in h...
BBC Music Magazine Recording of The Month: Symphonia Domestica; Die Tageszeiten – Marek Janowski, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Rundfunkchor Berlin
04 September 2015
"Male voices – here the superlative men of the Berlin Radio Choir – begin a capella and, in the...
13 August 2015
"Janowski’s new recording is blessed with some fine orchestral playing and a recording offering clari...
30 June 2015
"...this performance brilliantly transmits with sharp characterisation of the thematic material, dramatic ...
17 June 2015
"She captures that protean work’s playful classicism and its mournful ruminative side, while compe...
02 June 2015
"A most enthusiastic recommendation is warranted for this release." We would like to share a wonderf...
18 May 2015
" This is as worthwhile a Wagnerian offering as you are going to see in 20 Years ." A Short outsta...
05 May 2015
"its huge surges of sound brilliantly handled by Pentatone's engineers who provide a much clearer focus t...
05 February 2015
Baarn, February 5, 2015 . PENTATONE, the classical music label specialising in high end surround sound recordings...
28 January 2015
The distinctive Russian composer Alfred Schnittke lived from 1934 to 1998. He is often perceived by many as the co...
27 January 2015
MULTICHANNEL CDs OF THE MONTH If you love Wagner, you have to have this magnificent set. ...
24 February 2014
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12 December 2013
An interesting audio-review which you shouldn't miss if you understand german!
26 November 2013
During the last 3 years, PENTATONE has issued the ten major operatic works by Wagner on SA-CD. Now, when the last ...
03 November 2013
Pianist Nareh Arghamanyan writes about her stay in Berlin, where she was playing and recording Prokofiev and ...