Biography

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.

 
Foto (c) Molina Visuals, 2016

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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Engelbert Humperdinck - Hänsel und Gretel

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Richard Strauss - Also sprach Zarathustra / Gustav Mahler - Totenfeier

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