From 2002 until 2015, Marek Janowski was artistic director and chief conductor of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB). Before embarking upon his Berlin period, and also partly parallel to this, he was musical director of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (2005-2012), chief conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo (2000-2005), chief conductor of the Dresdner Philharmonie (2001-2003), and musical director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (1984-2000).
Born in Warsaw and educated in Germany, Marek Janowski’s artistic path led him from positions in Aachen, Cologne, Düsseldorf and Hamburg to his appointment as General Music Director in Freiburg im Breisgau (1973-1975) and Dortmund (1975-1979). Since the late 1970s, he has appeared regularly at all the major opera houses world-wide.
Marek Janowski stepped back from the opera scene in the 1990s to concentrate on the great German and French symphonic repertoire. He enjoys an outstanding reputation amongst the premier orchestras of Europe, North America and Asia and is recognised for his ability to create orchestras of international standing.
His leave-taking of the opera, however, was merely an institutional matter, not a musical farewell. Thus he is now recognized as one of the greatest experts regarding the music of Richard Wagner, to which his concertante Wagner cycle with the RSB bears witness. In the sequel he accepted the invitation to conduct Wagner’s “Ring” at the Bayreuth Festival in 2016 and 2017.
In 2014 Marek Janowski was awarded the “Ehrenpreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik” (= honorary prize of the German Critics’ Award) for his extensive life’s work.
Richard Wagner - Das Rheingold
Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 2
Anton Bruckner - Messe F-Moll
Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 3
Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 1
Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 9 in D minor
Richard Wagner - Der fliegende Holländer
Leoš Janácek - Mša Glagolskaja (Missa Solemnis) & Taras Bulba
Richard Wagner - Tannhäuser
Richard Wagner - Tristan und Isolde
César Franck & Ernest Chausson - Symphonies
Richard Wagner - Lohengrin
Richard Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Richard Wagner - Parsifal
Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 8 in C minor
Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 7 in E major
Johannes Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem
Johannes Brahms - Symphony No. 1 & Variations on a Theme of Haydn
Johannes Brahms - Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3
Johannes Brahms - Symphony No. 4 & Hungarian Dances
D'Indy - Saint-Saëns - Chausson Orchestral Works
Anton Bruckner - Symphony No.6
Szymanowski & Dvořák - Violin Concertos
Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 5
Béla Bartók - The 2 Violin Concertos
Richard Strauss - Alpine Symphony & Macbeth, Symphonic poem
Hector Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique & King Lear
Richard Wagner - Die Walküre
Richard Wagner - Siegfried
Richard Wagner - Götterdämmerung
Anton Bruckner - Symphony No. 4 "Romantic"
Richard Strauss - Symphonia Domestica & Die Tageszeiten for male chorus and Orchestra
Bruckner - The Symphonies
Schubert Lieder, orchestrated by Reger & Webern
Richard Wagner – The Operas
Wagner - Overtures, Preludes and Orchestral Excerpts
Beethoven Missa Solemnis
Wagner - Der Ring des Nibelungen
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20 February 2016
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06 October 2015
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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 ...
23 June 2015
"The men of the Rundfunkchor Berlin are magnificent, with such a wide range of tone and dynamics, from the ...
02 June 2015
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18 May 2015
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29 April 2015
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27 January 2015
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12 January 2015
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30 January 2014
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16 January 2014
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12 December 2013
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26 November 2013
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13 November 2013
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08 November 2013
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