Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra



Katie Derham presents a week of performances from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra from their 2015/16 concert season. Today's programme features the renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma with the orchestra's chief conductor Mariss Jansons, and includes a work which Jansons programmed as a 'surprise piece' to keep everyone guessing until the end.


Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody No.1

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

conductor Mariss Jansons


Purcell: Bid the virtures, bid the Graces (from Come ye sons of art);

Steffani: Spezza amor

Anna Prohaska (soprano)

Members of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra


Strauss: Don Quixote

Yo-Yo Ma (cello)


Surprise Piece


Dvorak: Symphony No.8 in G, Op.88


Katie Derham presents a week of concerts from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Today, Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Beethoven's 2nd Symphony, Bartok's First Violin Concerto, with Frank Peter Zimmermann as soloist, and Mendelssohn's 4th Symphony, the 'Italian'. Then David Robertson takes to the rostrum to conduct the ensemble, joined by Synergy Vocals, in the world premiere of Moritz Eggert's Muzak and also Reich's The Desert Music.


Beethoven: Symphony No 2 in D, Op 36

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor


Bartok: Violin Concerto No 1

Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin


Mendelssohn: Symphony No 4 in A, Op 90, 'Italian'


Steve Reich: The Desert Music

Synergy Vocals

David Robertson, conductor.

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Presented by Penny Gore.

This week we focus on recent performances by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, featuring the symphonies of Beethoven and some very personal musical responses to the devastation of World War II. Our regular Thursday Opera Matinee features a rarely heard 1930s work by Karl Amadeus Hartmann, itself a study of the traumas of war.

Today, music by Beethoven frames a trio of works for soloists and orchestra by Brahms, Schumann, and Krzysztof Penderecki. His Double Concerto, yet to be performed in the UK, was written for these young performers and premiered with the BRSO in Vienna last October. This concert was recorded in the orchestra's home venue - the Herkulessaal (Hercules Hall) of the Munich Residenz - which was reconstructed after WWII.

Beethoven Egmont Overture, Op.84

Bavarian RSO, Mariss Jansons (conductor)


Schumann Concertstuck in F, Op.86, for four horns and orchestra

Eric Terwilliger, Thomas Ruh,

Ralf Springmann,

Norbert Dausacker (horns)

Bavarian RSO, Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor)


Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat Op.83

Yefim Bronfman (piano)


Penderecki Double Concerto for Violin and Viola

Janine Jansen (violin)

Julian Rachlin (viola)


Beethoven Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36


Katie Derham showcases concert performances from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, including Vivaldi's Gloria with the baroque specialist Giovanni Antonini, and Dvorak's 6th Symphony conducted by Andris Nelsons.


Vivaldi Dixit Dominus RV 594

Anna Prohaska (soprano)

Katja Stuber (soprano)

Samuel Boden (tenor)

Christian Immler (baritone)

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

conductor Giovanni Antonini


Vivaldi: Cum dederit (from Nisi Dominus);

Bach: Cantata - Siehe zu, dass deine Gottesfurcht nicht Heuchelei sei (BWV.179)


Vivaldi Gloria RV.589

Marie-Claude Chappuis (mezzo-soprano)


Bach: Cantata - Erschallet, ihr Lieder (BWV.172)


Dvorak: Symphony No.6

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

conductor Andris Nelsons.


Katie Derham presents, as part of a week of concerts from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Haydn's oratorio The Seasons, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. With Marlis Petersen, Andrew Staples and Florian Boesch as soloists.


The Seasons, Parts 1 and 2 (Spring and Summer)


The Seasons, Parts 3 and 4 (Autumn and Winter)

Marlis Petersen, soprano

Andrew Staples, tenor

Florian Boesch, bass-baritone

Bavarian Radio Chorus

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle, conductor.

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Presented by Penny Gore.

Today's Beethoven symphony is the Eroica, originally dedicated to Napoleon but Beethoven's subsequent disillusionment prompted him to cross this dedication out and the published score read "Sinfonia Eroica, Composed to Celebrate the Memory of a Great Man."

Richard Strauss's Metamorphosen laments the destruction of Germany during WW2, in particular the devastating bombing of Munich - where the Bavarian RSO are based. A theme from the funeral march (2nd movement) of Beethoven's Eroica is quoted at the end of the piece, with the words "In Memoriam!" written in the score. Is it a dedication to Beethoven? or even to Hitler? Much as Beethoven rejected Napoleon, Strauss showed initial support then repudiation of the Nazi regime.

Mendelssohn's description of his second symphony was 'A Symphony-Cantata on Words of the Holy Bible, for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra' and was written to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the invention of printing.

Beethoven Symphony No.3 in E flat, op.55 "Eroica"

Bavarian RSO, Mariss Jansons (conductor)


Strauss Metamorphosen

Strings of Bavarian RSO, Andris Nelsons (conductor)


Mendelssohn Symphony No.2 in B flat, Op.52 "Lobgesang"

Christiane Karg (soprano)

Michael Schade (tenor)

Bavarian Radio Chorus

Bavarian RSO, Pablo Heras-Casado (conductor).


Katie Derham presents a recent concert from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, recorded in Munich with guest conductor Alan Gilbert, who opened the programme with a work by his contemporary American compatriot. Rouse says he uses the title Rapture to convey a sense of spiritual bliss, religious or otherwise.


Christopher Rouse: Rapture

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

conductor Alan Gilbert


Mozart: Piano concerto no.24 in C minor, K.491

Lars Vogt (piano)


Nielsen Symphony no.3, op.27 (Sinfonia espansiva)

Christina Landshamer (soprano)

Michael Nagy (baritone)


Katie Derham presents, as part of a week of concerts from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Brahms's Tragic Overture and Reger's Requiem after Hebbel, with baritone Michael Volle. Also today, the Bavarian Radio Chorus directed by Howard Arman in Gabriel Jackson's The Armed Man and Friede auf Erden (Peace on Earth) by Schoenberg. The afternoon ends with the BRSO performing Ligeti's Violin Concerto with soloist Ilya Gringolts, conducted by Karl-Heinz Steffens.

Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op 81

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Karl-Heinz Steffens, conductor


Reger: Requiem, Op 144b

Michael Volle, baritone

Bavarian Radio Chorus


Gabriel Jackson: The Armed Man

Howard Arman, director


Schoenberg: Friede auf Erden, Op 13


Ligeti: Violin Concerto

Ilya Gringolts, violin

Peter Rundel, conductor.

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Britten: War Requiem

To mark VE day, a concert in which the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra is joined by an American soprano, an English tenor and a German baritone to perform Benjamin Britten's War Requiem. It was commissioned to mark the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral, which was built after the original fourteenth-century building was bombed during World War II. Britten composed the work in 1961-2, and interweaves the words of the Requiem mass with nine poems by the First World War poet Wilfred Owen. This performance given in Munich, itself devasted during the war was warmly received by a capacity audience who showed their appreciation for what proved to be a memorable event of reconciliation rather than a mere concert.

Presented by Penny Gore

Britten: War Requiem, Op.66

Emily Magee (soprano)

Mark Padmore (tenor)

Christian Gerhaher (baritone)

Tölz Boys' Choir and Bavarian Radio Choir

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Mariss Jansons (conductor).


Katie Derham presents the final selection this week of performances by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. The esteemed conductor Riccardo Muti takes the helm for Schubert and Cherubini's Mass in A, composed in 1825 for the coronation of Charles X in France.


Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody no.2 in C sharp minor, S.244/2

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

conductor Mariss Jansons


Telemann: Ein Jammerton, ein schluchzend Ach, TWV 1:424

Anna Prohaska (soprano)

Members of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra


Reinhard Keiser: Bertrubter Geist (from 'Die Verbindung des grossen Hercules mit der schonen Hebe')


Buxtehude: Herr, wenn ich nur Dich hab, BuxWV 38


Schubert: Symphony no.4 in C minor (Tragic) D.417

conductor Riccardo Muti


Cherubini: Mass in A

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus


Closing a week of concerts from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Katie Derham introduces an afternoon with Brahms's Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), with the ensemble, conducted by Karl-Heinz Steffens, joined by the Bavarian Radio Chorus. It's followed by another concert with the orchestra conducted this time by Emilio Pomarico performing the world premiere of the Accordion Concerto by Georges Aperghis, as well as Stefan Wolpe's First Symphony. Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons has the last word, conducting Mahler's Kindertotenlieder with mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier, and Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances.


Brahms: Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), Op 54

Bavarian Radio Chorus

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Karl-Heinz Steffens, conductor


Georges Aperghis: Accordion Concerto (World Premiere)

Teodoro Anzellotti, accordion

Emilio Pomarico, conductor


Wolpe: Symphony No 1


Mahler: Kindertotenlieder

Waltraud Meier, mezzo-soprano

Mariss Janssons, conductor


Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op 45

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Presented by Penny Gore

A week of programmes featuring the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra comes to an end with two seventh symphonies, written nearly 150 years apart. They frame a concerto by Shostakovich - a piano concerto in all but name - and Haydn's "Mass for troubled times" which illustrates the rather different reaction of its composer to the advance of Napoleon than the Eroica Symphony we heard on Tuesday.

In 1945 Hartmann was one of the few creative people in Bavaria unblemished by association with the Nazi regime and was instrumental in rebuilding cultural life. He founded the Musica Viva concert series which championed music by young, hitherto unknown composers. The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra continues the series to this day, and a recent concert included this performance of Hartmann's Seventh Symphony.

Beethoven Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92

Bavarian RSO, Mariss Jansons (conductor)


Shostakovich Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Orchestra No. 1 in C minor, Op.35

Yefim Bronfman, piano

Hannes Läubin, trumpet


Haydn Mass No. 11 in D minor, Hob. XXII/11 ('Nelson Mass')

Julia Kleiter, soprano

Katija Dragojevic, mezzo-soprano

Mark Padmore, tenor

Gerald Finley, bass-baritone

Bavarian Radio Chorus

Bavarian RSO, Andris Nelsons (conductor)


Hartmann Symphony No. 7 (1958)

Bavarian RSO, Emilio Pomarico (conductor).