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Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra is a Mix of Old and New
The Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of Germany's great orchestras. They are renowned for their interpretations of the canonic works of the Western classical tradition, as well as their championing of new and inventive contemporary orchestral works. They maintain a close association with the well-regarded Southwest German Radio station, and also regularly perform within Germany and abroad.
The Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra performs frequently throughout the season. They will be performing an exciting programme of American composers, featuring works by Jennifer Higdon, George Gershwin, Charles Ives and John Adams, with performances scheduled in Stuttgart and Goppingen. In the spring, they will continue their regular schedule as the house orchestra of Liederhalle Stuttgart with a range of inventive programmes planned, as well as embarking on a tour to Talinn, Tartu and Mannheim.
A little known fact about the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra is that they were originally formed as the resident orchestra for Radio Stuttgart under the aegis of the occupying American forces in 1945. Plans to merge the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra with the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra have sparked international protests. The plan to merge these orchestras over the next decade due to budgetary concerns has been decried as a shame by arts proponents all over the world. It is believed that money will come through to preserve both orchestras as independent entities.
The Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of Europe's premiere orchestras, featuring players trained at the world's leading conservatories, including the Paris Conservatoire, Berlin's Hochschule for Musik, London's Royal Academy of Music and The Juilliard School in New York. The current principal conductor of the orchestra is Stéphane Denève, who earned his reputation as the assistant conductor for the famous Georg Solti at the Orchestre de Paris. He was previously conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, before assuming his current post in 2011. The Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra is well-known for their clever and inventive programming, often mixing world premieres and contemporary orchestral works with Western repertoire. They have championed the work of the living American composer John Adams, and are known for their crisp, incisive interpretations of Stravinsky and Ravel. The orchestra regularly features world-famous soloists, frequently working with stars such as pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the cellist Gautier Capuçon.
The orchestra's breakthrough towards becoming a world-class symphony occurred in 1971 when the famous Romanian virtuoso Sergiu Celibidache was appointed principal conductor. Celibidache had previously been principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, and was renowned for his energetic, intellectually-engaging conducting style and his focus on the "transcendent experience," which was shaped by his study of both Western romanticism and Zen Buddhism. Under the helm of this iconoclast, the Radio Stuttgart Orchestra attained world renown -- a position they have maintained under a string of inspired conductors since.
The Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra records on the Hanssler and ECM New Series labels. They released an award-winning album of the contemporary German composer Wolfgang Rihm's Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2. Other notable recordings include their release of Mahler's Second Symphony, and the under-appreciated Silvestrov's Sixth Symphony.
The Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra regularly perform at some of the most beautiful and historic concert halls in the world. Those who want Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra tickets should get them well in advance, because these are assigned seating venues and the best seats are quickly purchased by subscribers. Formal attire is still common, but the orchestra has lightened up significantly in the past few decades to encourage younger attendees, making it a common to see a patron in a tuxedo sitting side by side with a student in jeans. The audience is there for the music first and foremost, and the Orchestra under Denève's inspired baton guarantees an invigorating, transcendent sonic experience.
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