Gustav Mahler's Third Symphony still ranks today as one of the greatest and most powerful creations of the Late Romantic period. The huge symphony, longer and more monumental than the others and containing texts from the collection of poems by Clemens Brentano and Achim von Arnim entitled “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”, was composed over a period of four years from 1892 to 1896, and especially during the summers of 1895 and 1896, which Mahler spent at the Attersee in Austria. Following performances of several individual movements of the symphony, the complete work was premiered on June 9, 1902, at the 38th “Tonkünstler Festival” in Krefeld. Mahler conducted the Städtische Kapelle Krefeld and Cologne’s Gürzenich Orchestra at this exciting event. It was one of his greatest successes, and his contemporaries were deeply impressed. Between 1902 and 1907, the composer conducted his Third Symphony a further 15 times.
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"An Alpine Symphony" is probably Strauss' most famous symphonic poem. Its content is easily understandable, and the work became especially well-known for its gigantic orchestra. The music is far from heavy-handed, however, with many of the passages orchestrated like chamber music. Like a kind of greeting from the Bavarian Alps, as it were, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and its chief conductor Mariss Jansons have placed this masterpiece, and the music of Richard Strauss in general, on the programme of their forthcoming tour of Asia in late 2016.
A live performance of Mahler's Symphony No 6 with Daniel Harding and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. It is Daniel Harding's second recording for the label BR-Klassik after Schumann's Scenes from Goethe's "Faust".
The cover shows the heartbeat of the percussionist during the finale of the symphony.
Um 1800 komponierte Ludwig van Beethoven sein „Klavierkonzert Nr. 3 in c-Moll, op.37“ – eine Zeit, in der erste große Werke, wie die „Pathétique“ und die „Mondscheinsonate“, des ambitionierten Musikers entstanden und er einen Personalstil kreierte, mit dem er sich von seinem Mentor und Vorbild Joseph Haydn abgrenzen wollte. Die angesehene Pianistin Mitsuko Uchida, die vor allem für ihre Interpretationen von Werken aus dem 20. Jahrhundert und Komponisten, wie Schönberg, Berg, Webern und Boulez, bekannt ist, spielt Beethovens „Klavierkonzert“ an der Seite des Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks unter der Leitung von Mariss Jansons. Kurz bevor Richard Strauss München verlässt, um seine Stelle als erster königlich preußischer Hofkapellmeister der Berliner Hofoper Unter den Linden anzutreten, schreibt er seine sinfonische Dichtung „Ein Heldenleben“ für Orchester im Jahr 1898. In seinem imaginären Helden, dessen ereignisreiches Leben sein Werk beschreibt, sieht der junge Strauss allem Anschein nach die freischaffenden Künstler, die in der Wilhelminischen Zeit erhebliche Anfeindungen ertragen mussten – ganz wie er selbst in München. Mariss Jansons dirigiert das Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.
It was originally intended as a Solemn Mass for the investiture of the Archduke Rudolph, one of Beethoven's piano pupils, as the Archbishop of Olomouc. Beethoven did not complete the piece in time, however, and when he did finally finish it in 1823, it had developed into a work of art that far exceeded the liturgical requirements. With its dedication "Arising in the heart, may it return to the heart!" Beethoven's "Missa solemnis" enters entirely new territory as a musical interpretation – deeply personal, yet aspiring to general truth – of the old and venerable Mass Ordinary.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's works have been very close to Frank Peter Zimmermann’s heart since the beginning of his artistic career. He now has joined forces with the Chamber Orchestra of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks to interpret the composer’s concertos.
For the Wagner anniversary year 2013 BR-KLASSIK has published the audio-biography "Feuerzauber und Weltenbrand". The life of the composer is told in an exciting audio-biography in ten parts. The 4-CD-Box also includes orchestral music from Wagner's operas, played by the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, conducted by Mariss Jansons.
In two live-recordings from the Philharmonie München with Tschaikowskys Symphonie No 5 and his Orchestral Fantasia "Francesca da Rimini" Mariss Jansons proves his deep understanding und close relationship to the music of Peter Tschaikowsky. Jansons shows his "Russian Soul" and makes the music shine with all its emotions and powerful colors.
Two Russian Symphonies, both labeled with number six, both in B minor - but nevertheless the symphonies of Peter Tschaikowsky and Dmitrij Schostakowitsch couldn't be more different. Maestro Mariss Jansons cares for them both as this exciting recording proves!
During his time as chief conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Lorin Maazel always stood up for the music of the 20th century. A very special relationship he had to the works of Igor Strawinsky, whose early ballett-scores he performed in Munich with great success.
Richard Strauss takes a very important place in Mariss Jansons musical work with late romantic repertoire: "His music has accompanied me my whole life and it moves me deeply", says the Maestro about the orchestra virtuoso and sensual soundartist from Garmisch. This recording collects orchestral pieces and songs by Richard Strauss. Soprano soloist is Anja Harteros.
Maximilian Hornung, former principal cellist of the Symphonieorchester, dedicates an album to the cellomusic of Richard Strauss in the year of the 150. birthday of the composer. The great tone poem "Don Quixote" is a live-recording with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, conducted by Bernard Haitink. Also on this CD: the early Strauss Cello Sonata.
This CD, which was released in the Strauss-year 2014, highlights to central genres in Richard Strauss' oeuvres: the "Alpensinfonie", finished 1915 as the last and greatest tone poem Strauss composed, and the four symphonic Intermezzos from the Opera "Intermezzo", which was premiered 1924 in Dresden. Strauss took the four intermezzos from the Opera and placed them into the concert hall - where they are still very present and often performed these days.
Daniel Harding and Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks present a work on this CD, which was regarded as rare repertoire because it does not fit into any category. It's neither opera nor oratio, cantata or choral symphony: the "Faust-Szenen" by Robert Schumann. But there was a change in the classical music scene and the "Faust-Szenen" were declared one of the most important pieces of Schumann - this recording honors this special composition, which Schumann himself also named as one of its best.
In March 2001 the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and former chief conductor Lorin Maazel performed the complete Symphonies by Franz Schubert. After Maazel's Bruckner-cycle, which was published on BR-KLASSIK in 1999, the Schubert-Symphonies are now also available as a CD-Box on BR-KLASSIK-label.
This recording of a concert from 1980 in Munich's Herkulessaal with Kyrill Kondraschin containes a versatile and exciting programme with two late romantic pieces who complement each other: Rimskij-Korsakows "Russian Easter" Ouverture and César Francks only Symphony.
Would we search for the greatest "hit" of classical music in the 20th century: Carl Orffs thrilling "Carmina Burana" would definitely be a successful candidate. Daniel Harding conducts chor und Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in this electrifying live-recording. Famous singers Patricia Petibon and Christian Gerhaher sing the soprano- and bass-parts, chorus-member Hans-Werner Bunz sings the tenor-role of the roasted swan.
In December 2010 Andris Nelsons and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks gave a highly acclaimed concert under the over all topic "America". Two classics of modern american music were followed by Antonin Dvoráks Symphony No 9 "From the New World" - the composition that had led to an independent development of the american classical music scene.
Jan Lisiecki, born 1995, is one of the young rising stars on the piano. For his debut with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks he has chosen two Mozart Piano Concertos, that could not be more different: the "neighbours" KV 466 and 467. The conductor is a Mozart-expert: Christian Zacharias.
In May 2011 Hélène Grimaud played to highly acclaimed concerts with the Kammerorchester des Symphonieorchesters - she performed two late piano concertos by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. All musicians where so inspired and the musical work went so well that the pianist decided to ban the corrected concert records on a disc - her first Mozart-Album.
Sir Colin Davis, former chief conductor of the Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks was a legendary Mozart interpreter - as was conductor Günter Wand. On this CD released on BR-KLASSIK label the two of them conduct two wind concertos by Mozart. The soloists are Irena Grafenauer and François Leleux.
In June 2012 spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado held the baton and conducted Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks with Mendelssohns great Symphonic Cantata "Lobgesang". The impressive concert evening is published on this CD.
For the Mahler-anniversary in 2007, BR-KLASSIK has released an audio-biography, which consists of ten exciting chapters about the life of the composer. Jörg Handstein tells Gustav Mahler's story in a colorful, versatile way - both historically correct and thrilling. The 4-CD-Box also includes Mahlers Symphony No 1 D major, performed by Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks conducted by their chief conductor Mariss Jansons, a live recording from Herkulessaal Munich in March 2007.
In December 2011, at the end of the Mahler-cycle of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bernard Haitink conducted the orchestra in the Philharmonie Munich. Mahlers Symphony No 9 was on the programme. The great live-recording of the concert on this CD was awarded the highly acclaimed prize "Toblacher Komponierhäuschen" in July 2012.
In May 2011 Maestro Mariss Jansons, Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks wowed the audienace with a highly dramatical interpretation of Gustav Mahlers "Auferstehungssymphonie". The concert-evening was opened with another beautiful but rarely performed piece: Mahler's Rückert-Lied "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen", arranged for chorus by Clytus Gottwald.
He is the favorite conductor of the top-orchestras and we had to wait for Mariss Jansons very own Beethoven interpretation quite long, but finally his complete recordings of the nine Beethoven Symphonies are there - and if we believe him this recording will stay the only one made by him! This performances of the Symphonies, released on BR-KLASSIK label, were recorded in Munich and Tokio between 2008 and 2012. On this 6-CD-edition the Symphonies are complemented with six compositions by contemporary composers.
There was one important oratio missing in the impressive discography of conductor Bernard Haitink: Joseph Haydn's " The Creation". In December 2013 a concert took place, which finally closed this gap: Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks performed the oratio in Munich's Herkulessaal. The live-recording was banned on this CD.
It's winter and freezing. The wolves walk through the dark, snowy forest and they are hungry. They have a plan: they want to catch (and propably eat) the elk Freddy. Luckily Freddy is friends with the baby-wolf, even if that does not seem possible! Freddy once saved baby-wolf and this time baby-wolf wants to help the elk. When baby-wolf gets lost in the forest, the other wolves have to make a change of plans... The exciting and funny family concert of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks is now available on CD!
For their 60th anniversary the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks gave itself the best present: with the performance of Arnold Schönberg's late-romantic "Gurrelieder" in October 2009. The exhilarating sounds of this beautiful work show that prejudice against the "difficult" music of Arnold Schönberg is not necessary at all.
Alexej Gorlatch was awarded the first prize of the "ARD Musikwettbewerb" 2011 in the piano-category. With the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks the then 22 years old pianist played Beethovens piano concerto No. 3 in the final round. This CD also includes a recording of Beethoven's Sonata op. 2 No. 1.
In March 2012 baritone Christian Gerhaher presented parts from operas of Schubert, Schumann, Nicolai and Wagner together with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, conducted by Daniel Harding. The romantic arias are collected on this CD, which was put on the list of recommendations of the "Deutscher Schallplattenpreis" 1/2013.
The music of his british home is very important for Sir Colin Davis, former chief conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. This CD includes live-recordings of Edward Elgar's "Enigma"-variations und Symphony No. 6 of Ralph Vaughan Williams from the years 1983 to 1987.
With Antonín Dvoráks famous Symphonie No 9 "From the New World" Andris Nelsons enthused the Munich audience in December 2010 and proved, that even standard repertoire can be presented in an all new, unexpected way. The CD also includes a work of the czech composer which is rarely performed: his symphonic poem "Heldenlied".
Rafael Kubelík was not only a first-class Mahler-interpreter, he also had a special relationship with Anton Bruckner's music. Kubelíks interpretation of Bruckners gigantic Symphony No 8 is typical for his very clear, lucid and unpretentious way of making music.
For more than 50 years Bernard Haitink has been closely related to the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks as a guest conductor. The orchestra and conductor understand each other without many words and without grand gestures. One can feel this in Bruckner's Fifth Symphony, which was performed by Haitink and the orchestra in February 2010.
The symphonic works of Anton Bruckner have been important for the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks from the beginning of their orchestral career. Lorin Maazel continued with the tradition that Eugen Jochum had startet: together with the orchestra he performed all nine symphonies of Anton Bruckner. Even the Symphonie in D minor, also known as Symphonie No 0, was part of this cycle.
For Benjamin Britten's 100th anniversary in 2013 Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks honored the great english composer with a performance of his War Requiem. Mariss Jansons conducted the Requiem, one of the most both expressive and shocking musical manifestations of pacifism in the 20th century. This CD captures this special performance with highly acclaimed singers: Emily Magee, Mark Padmore and Christian Gerhaher.
Die beiden mittleren Symphonien von Johannes Brahms bilden ein besonders gegensätzliches Paar, das den Radius von Brahms Tonsprache, die von Poesie wie größter konstruktiver Strenge gleichermaßen geprägt ist, beispielhaft absteckt. In München und Wien entstanden diese beiden Live-Aufnahmen - interpretatorisch und klanglich gleichermaßen beeindruckende Zeugnisse von Mariss Jansons tiefem Verständnis für Brahms ebenso warmherzige wie teilweise auch herbstlich-elegische Klangsprache.
Johannes Brahms' Piano Concerto No 1 has been one of Hélène Grimauds favorite pieces for a long time. In April 2012 she performed this concerto in a concert with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, conducted by Andris Nelsons. This live-recording was banned on this CD. Grimaud also plays Brahms' Piano Concerto No 2, she is accompanied by the Wiener Philharmoniker for this piece.
Mariss Jansons conducts two revolutionary masterpieces from two french composers: Hector Berlioz' passionate and excessive "Symphonie fantastique" and Edgard Varèses "Ionisation" - the first independent piece for percussion ensemble. After the Beethoven-Box where classical music was already combined with contemporary works we again have a confrontation of music from different epoques, played by the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Mariss Jansons.
The concert, which is documented on this CD, was really special: On October 27th 2007 Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks with their chief conductor Mariss Jansons where invited to perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in the Vatican - Pope Benedikt XIV. attended the extraordinary concert!
Dmitrij Schostakowitsch's great Violin Concerto No 1 is the centre of Lisa Batiashvilis concept album. The Georgia-born pianist also plays works by Kantscheli, Pärt and Rachmaninow. She is accompanied by the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Daniel Barenboim is regarded one of the best Mozart-interpreters of our time. In June 1970 Barenboim played Mozart's Piano Concerto A major K 488 and the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" called his performance a "revelation". The series BR-KLASSIK ARCHIVE releases a live-recording of the concert on this CD.
"Heroes" is the main topic of this new recording of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, conducted by Mariss Jansons - Heroes in the music of Richard Strauss. In 1888, when he was only 24-years old, the uprising composer Strauss wrote music to "Don Juan", the dramatic poem by Nikolaus Lenau. With that piece Strauss became a very young master of the genre tone poem. Mariss Jansons draws the typical fresh verve of the early Strauss out of the Orchestra. A verve that reminds of the romantic era and the music of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms.
Giuseppe Verdi’s thrilling Requiem – recorded live during the Verdi Year of 2013. Mariss Jansons leads the Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, along with soloists Krassimira Stoyanova, Marina Prudenskaya, Saimir Pirgu and Orlin Anastassov.