joseph bastian conducts brass ensemble

Joseph Bastian conducts the brass section of the BRSO – with repertoire rarely heard, including Beethoven’s Equale for four equal trombones and “Playground for Angels” by Rautavaara. The concert without audience on December 4th will be broadcast live on BR-KLASSIK at 8:05 pm.

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In Memoriam Mariss Jansons

“His” place in front of the orchestra is empty. But the memory is alive. December 1 marks the first anniversary of the death of our former chief conductor Mariss Jansons. With deep gratitude for 15 wonderful years, the entire Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks commemorates its chief conductor Mariss Jansons with “Crisantemi” by Giacomo Puccini.


Valuable Memories

One of the last rehearsals with Mariss Jansons: On October 27, 2019 he worked  with “his” orchestra on the 4th Symphony by Johannes Brahms at the  Musikverein in Vienna. We did not publish this video during his lifetime because it shows an already weakened Mariss Jansons. But it also shows the Mariss Jansons who let nothing stop him from working with “his” orchestra, shaping the music.


Mariss Jansons – His last concert

On November 8, 2019, at Carnegie Hall, New York, during a tour with the BRSO and only a few weeks before his unexpected death, Mariss Jansons conducted his final concert. On the programme were the four symphonic interludes from Richard Strauss’ opera “Intermezzo” and Johannes Brahms’ Fourth Symphony. The live recording in Carnegie Hall, released here for the first time on CD by BR-KLASSIK, is the great conductor’s musical legacy.



On 25 November, the Federal Chancellor and the heads of government of the federal states decided to extend the prohibition of events until 20 December, among other measures to contain the corona pandemic. On this basis, the Bayerischer Rundfunk is forced to cancel the concerts of its orchestras and musica viva with live audience in December 2020.

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Oksana Lyniv – Concert Video

In our live stream concert (without audienc) on November 20, Oksana Lyniv conducted Mendelssohn’s 4th Symphony in the revised version from 1834 and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major. Jehye Lee (violin) and Tobis Reifland (viola) could be heard as soloists – both members of the BRSO themselves.

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Shortly after it was founded by Eugen Jochum in 1949 the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (BRSO) developed into an orchestra of international repute. The British trade journal Gramophone placed it among the top ten of ‘the world’s greatest orchestras’, as did the Japanese music magazine Mostly Classic.

Whether in its Munich concerts or on its worldwide tours, the BRSO works on a regular basis with renowned conductors and soloists. It can boast of numerous CD releases and prizes, including a Grammy for ‘best orchestral performance’ and the German Record Critics’ Prize.

The core missions of the BRSO also include promoting young talent and cultivating the music of our time. From 2003 -2019 the orchestra has been headed by the Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons.

Click here for more on the history of the BRSO

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