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>> | RSO ||||   Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR

In 1945, when the newly-founded broadcasting station “Radio Stuttgart” started recruiting musicians to form the radio orchestra, nobody could have guessed how swiftly this orchestra would develop and how dramatic its rise to artistic prominence would be in the course of the next few decades. Today the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) is one of the state’s most important musical ambassadors, giving about 90 concerts a year in Stuttgart, in the area covered by SWR broadcasts, and in musical centres in Germany and abroad. The orchestra is a frequent guest – often within the context of international music festivals – for example, in Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, London, Lucerne, Munich, Paris, Salzburg, Shanghai, Tokyo, Vienna and Zurich. Since the 1950’s, the RSO has regularly played at the “Schwetzingen Festival”, where every year it gives opera performances – including numerous world premières and rediscovered rare operas – as well as orchestra master classes in Schwetzingen Castle and gala concerts in Speyer Cathedral.

In addition to these frequent concerts, the orchestra also engages in numerous studio productions for the broadcasting station’s radio and television programme and for the recor-ding industry. Several of these recordings have received international prizes. The RSO documents the results of its work, past and present, on the SWR’s own CD label SWRmusic.

Since its formation the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra has concentrated on two thematic focal points. On the one hand, with its exemplary interpretations it fosters the great classic and romantic repertoire of the symphonic tradition; on the other, the RSO is also a leading promoter of contemporary music and of neglected works and composers. In its early years, the newly-founded broadcasting station started up special series of concerts devoted to the promotion of contemporary music. Many important composers, such as Igor Stravinsky, Paul Hindemith, Pierre Boulez, Hans-Werner Henze, Krzysztof Penderecki, Luciano Berio, Mauricio Kagel, Johannes Kalitzke and Matthias Pintscher have conducted performances of their own works at concerts given by the Stuttgart RSO. Today, the festival “eclat” and the concept behind the performances of “attacca Geistes-gegenwart.Musik”, provide a forum for avant-garde music, including the first performances of numerous works commissioned by the SWR. Here young composers find a platform where they can realise their musical experiments and concepts of sound.

The first important conductors to work with the RSO regularly were Hans Müller-Kray and Carl Schuricht. From the orchestra’s early years on, a large number of internationally renowned guest conductors have given concerts with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, such as Ernest Ansermet, Sir John Barbirolli, Karl Böhm, Ferenc Fricsay, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Erich Kleiber, Hans Knappertsbusch and Leopold Stokowski; later guest conductors have included Sir George Solti, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Herbert Blomstedt, Erich Leinsdorf, Ferdinand Leitner, Carlos Kleiber, Gary Bertini and Kurt Sanderling. In the present times conductors like Daniel Harding, Olari Elts and Gustavo Dudamel started working with the Stuttgart RSO. First-class soloists from all generations have given concerts with the Stuttgart RSO, among them Alfred Brendel, Maria Callas, Wolfgang Windgassen, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Arthur Grumiaux, Mstislav Rostropo-vich, Gidon Kremer, Mauricio Pollini – to name but a few.

The year 1971 marked an important caesura in the history of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, for in this year Sergiu Celibidache, who had previously been a frequent guest conductor for the orchestra, was appointed Principal Conduc-tor and with his intensive and inspiring rehearsal work developed a new, pioneering ideal of sound which shaped performance style for many years. But he did not only present the results of his fruitful work with the orchestra in Stuttgart; under Celibidache the RSO made its first appearances on the concert platforms of great international musical centres.

Sir Neville Marriner, who took over as Principal Conductor in 1983, widened the orchestra’s radius by undertaking inter-national tours to the Far East and the USA with them. He also stepped up the number of gramophone records produced, resulting in over 80 recordings with works ranging from Beethoven to Bernstein. He was succeeded in 1989 by Gianluigi Gelmetti, who concentrated more on the Italian and French musical repertoire, especially on the works of Gioacchino Rossini and Maurice Ravel. With Georges Prêtre, who became the Artistic Director in 1996 and is still Laureate Conductor of the RSO, another charismatic personality presided over the orchestra.

Since 1998, Sir Roger Norrington has been the Principal Conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. Norrington has managed to give the orchestra a quite unmistakable profile by combining historically authentic performing practice with the means available to a modern symphony orchestra – the result of this synthesis has been hailed by critics as the “Stuttgart Sound”. It adjusts the configuration of the orchestra, the instrumentation, articulation, phrasing and style to the composer’s own concept of sound. This careful involvement with the core symphonic repertoire has allowed the RSO to develop an extreme degree of flexibility and stylistic virtuosity.

Today the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra’s Permanent Guest Conductor is Andrey Boreyko. He focuses on 20th century music – especially on the works of Dmitri Shostakovich – and on a wide range of styles in contemporary music in general.
The RSO has also worked together with Heinz Holliger for many years; in addition to Holliger’s own compositions, the focus has regularly been on the works of composers dear to Holliger’s heart, such as Olivier Messiaen and Charles Koechlin.

The Stuttgart RSO will continue to meet the demands of international concert platforms, to give guest concerts in neighbouring countries and to undertake overseas tours. This international competition is an essential element that helps ensure that the high musical standards of the concerts given in the area covered by SWR broadcasts and in the South West German Broadcasting Station’s radio programme are maintained.

One of the current season's highlights is the ninth Asia Tour of the Stuttgart RSO with concerts e. g. in Macao, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai (matinee concert on the first day of the EXPO 2010 on May 1st) and in Tokyo (Suntory Hall).

Details, review and order in the catalog

TRO-CD 01437 Vol.1 - Klavierkonzerte Vol. 1 - Mendelssohn - Bartók -
Wolfram Lorenzen, Klavier - 18,00 €

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