WDR Symphony Orchestra
The WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne was founded in 1947 by the Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk [Northwest German Broadcasting Corporation] as the WDR's [West German Broadcasting Corporation's] own orchestra. It has worked together and made recordings with renowned conductors like Otto Klemperer, Sir Georg Solti, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado and others. It gives about 40 concerts per season in the Philharmonie and in the broadcasting area of the WDR. It has undertaken concert tours in Europe and it was the first German orchestra to concertize in Asia in 1990-91, under Gary Bertini, performing of all the Mahler symphonies in Tokyo and Osaka. Besides the classical and romantic repertoire it also keeps up with the music of today. It gave premieres and first performances of works by Henze, Kagel, Berio, Nono, B.A. Zimmermann and Stockhausen. Semyon Bychkov has been principal conductor since 1997-98. Among the CDs are: Strauss, Elektra (Koch), Mahler, Symphonies (EMI), Stockhausen, Gruppen (DGG), Henze, Tristan (DGG), Maderna, Oboe Concertos, Zimmermann, Requiem for a Young Poet (Wergo), Shostakovich's Orchestral Songs (Capriccio), Shostakovich, Symphonies Nos.1-15 (Brilliant Classics), Hindemith, Cardillac (DGG), Orff, De temporum fine comedia (DGG), Lachenmann, Ausklang (col legno), and, Nun (kairos), Höller, Pensées (largo), Eötvös, Atlantis (BMG), and Donatoni, In Cauda (Stradivarius).
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