With Jakub Hrůša, one of the most renowned conductors of the younger generation returns to the BRSO. The original plan was to perform Mahler’s Third Symphony followed by a European tour – everything not possible due to the pandemic. Hrůša’s alternative program reflects his current preoccupation with the two composers Brahms and Dvořák. To be heard will be Brahms’ 1st Symphony and Dvořák’s “Biblical Songs” with Gerhild Romberger as soloist. BR-KLASSIK will broadcast the concert live on the radio on Friday, 14.5.2021, at 8.30 pm.


Watch this space

One year ago, in May 2020, we started our WATCH THIS SPACE series in Werksviertel-Mitte – with the Bach Chaconne. At that time our concertmaster Anton Barkhovsky played it in front of an empty chair, as no audience was allowed. Since then, we have played in many places there, experienced countless interesting encounters and, above all, have discovered one thing again and again: Music connects us! In one of our last concerts Korbinian Altenberger also played the Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004 by J.S. Bach – here are some excerpts from it!


Jansons conducts Bruckner

This live recording of Bruckner’s Third Symphony in its third and final version of 1889 with Mariss Jansons conducting the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks from the year 2005 is now released on CD by BR-KLASSIK.



It’s hard to believe that Christian Thielemann has never stood at the helm of the BRSO. But now listeners had a chance to hear him conducting his preferred repertoire: the German romantics and Richard Strauss.  On the programme: the brass fanfare that Strauss dedicated to the Vienna Philharmonic, followed by his rarely heard Sonatina No. 1 for 16 wind instruments. Also: Overture, Scherzo and Finale, op. 52 by Robert Schumann.

Concert video

Rehearsal video

Corona virus – latest news

The orchestra’s anticipation of being able to play in front of an audience again after lockdown is great. Unfortunately, it is extremely unlikely that this will be possible before May 14. Therefore the BRSO has decided not to give concerts in front of an audience up to and including May 14, 2021. BR will endeavour to broadcast the concerts on radio, television or streaming.


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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.

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