Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
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Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

General Information

Year of Foundation:  1949

The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (BRSO) is based in Munich. It is the largest of the three ensembles belonging to the Bayerischen Rundfunk.


Soon after it was founded by Eugen Jochum in 1949, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks developed into an internationally renowned orchestra, its fame continuously expanded and fortified by its intensive touring activities. The orchestra owes its extraordinarily wide ranging repertoire and sound spectrum to the program preferences of its previous chief conductors as well as to the great flexibility and solid stylistic security of each individual musician.



Fostering new music has an especially long tradition at the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks with appearances in conjunction with the “musica viva” series, founded in 1945 by Karl Amadeus Hartmann, as one of the orchestra’s main assignments right from the start. Besides the many performances and recordings in Munich and other cities in the station’s broadcast range, extensive concert tours are central components in the everyday life of the orchestra today. Tours have taken the orchestra to virtually every European country, to Asia as well as to North and South America. It makes regular appearances in New York’s Carnegie Hall and in the renowned concert halls in Japan’s musical capitals. Since 2004, the Symphonieorchester under the direction of its current Chief Conductor, Mariss Jansons, is additionally the orchestra in residence at the Easter Festival in Lucerne. Since September of 2009, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks has been releasing CD’s and DVD’s on Bavarian Broadcasting’s own label, BR-KLASSIK.


The orchestra performs a wide repertoire, covering the classical and romantic eras and continuing on to 20th century music and works by contemporary composers. It offers its program in concert but also in broadcast and CD productions of operas, frequently in cooperation with the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks. The BRSO counts among the best orchestras in Germany and is internationally acclaimed.


source: orchestra homepage




2006: "Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik" for the complete recording of the symphonies of Schostakowitsch, directed by Mariss Jansons

2013: ECHO-Klassik for the recording of the 9. Symphonie from Gustav Mahler, directed by Bernard Haitink

2013: "Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik" for the recording of the 9. Symphony "Aus der Neuen Welt" from Antonín Dvořák

2016: Grammy Award for the Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks for their production of the Missa solemnis from Ludwig van Beethoven, directed by Bernard Haitink

Discography, Performances, Projects

Discography (selection):

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Violinkonzerte
  • Richard Strauss - Ein Heldenleben
  • Familienkonzert - Freddy und die wilden Wölfe
  • Adriana Hölszky - Fünf Werke
  • Guiseppe Verdi - Messa di Requiem
  • Robert Schuhmann - Szenen aus Goethes Faust
  • Lisa Batiashvili - Bach
  • Richard Strauss - Don Quixote
  • Joseph Haydn - Die Schöpfung
  • Richard Strauss - Eine Alpensinfonie
  • Tschaikowsky, Schostakowitsch - Symphonie Nr. 6
  • Felix Mendelsshon Barthodly - Symphonie Nr. 2 „Lobgesang“
  • Hector Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique
  • Johannes Brahms - Klavierkonzert Nr. 1
  • Benjamin Britten - War Requiem
  • Mariss Jansons dirigiert - Beethovens neun Symphonien
  • Andris Nelsonss dirigiert - Ives, Adams, Dvorák (DVD)
  • Gustav Mahler - Symphonie Nr. 2 (DVD)
  • Antonin Dvorák - Symphonie Nr. 9
  • Franz Schubert - Symphonien 1 bis 8
  • Feuerzauber und Weltenbrand - Richard Wagner - eine Hörbiografie
  • Christian Gerhaher singt - Romantische Arien
  • Gustav Mahler - Symphonie Nr. 9
  • Jan Lisiecki - Mozart: Klavierkonzerte KV 466 & 467
  • Alexej Gorlatch spielt - Beethovens Drittes Klavierkonzert
  • Hélène Gimaud spielt - Mozart: Klavierkonzerte LV 459 & 488
  • Schubert, Gounod - Messe G-Dur, Cäcilienmesse
  • Lisa Batiashvili - Echoes of Time
  • Mariss Jansons - Lutoslawski, Szymanowski, Tschaikowski
  • Johannes Brahms - Symphonien Nr. 2 und 3
  • Welt und Traum - Gustav Mahler - eine Hörbiografie
  • Anton Bruckner - Symphonie Nr. 8
  • Arnold Schönberg - Gurrelieder (DVD)
  • Anton Bruckner - Symphonie Nr. 5
  • Wilhelm Furtwängler - Symphonie Nr. 2
  • Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphonie Nr. 9
  • Anton Bruckner - 10 Symphonien
  • Kyrill Kondraschin - César Franck, Nikolai Rimskij-Korsakow
  • Peter Tschaikowsky - Symphonie Nr. 5, Francesca da Rimini
  • Elgar, Vaughan Williams - Orchesterwerke
  • Richard Strauss - Orchesterwerke und Lieder
  • Igor Stravinsky - Frühe Ballette
  • Carl Orff - Carmina Burana
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Bläserkonzerte
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Klavierkonzerte mit Daniel Barenboim
  • Joseph Haydn - Die Jahreszeiten

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