The musical potential slumbering as yet undiscovered in archives and libraries is immense. But the concert subscribers’ willingness to approach such works with curiosity is not quite so unlimited, and sadly the time capacity and financial means to unearth this kind of treasure are equally restricted. But we can always make a start. Together, Deutschlandradio and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin have been doing so for many years. The biggest partner of the Rundfunk-Orchester und -Chöre GmbH, with assistance from the RSB, has enabled rediscoveries in recent years of selected works by composers Oskar Fried, Pantscho Wladigerow, Luigi Dallapiccola, Wilhelm Berger, Iwan Wyschnegradsky, Paul Kletzki, Manfred Gurlitt, Ernst Krenek, Salomon Jadassohn, Felix Draeseke and many others.
“The Ring of the Nibelungs”
After “Rhinegold” and “The Valkyrie” had been performed and recorded in November 2012, Marek Janowski and the RSB completed the concertante Wagner cycle with “Siegfried” and “Twilight of the Gods” in March 2013. By the end of 2013, the Wagner anniversary year, the intention is to release our live recordings of the “Ring” tetralogy on SA-CD.
The RSB under Marek Janowski is making progress with a complete recorded performance of the ten symphonies by composer Hans Werner Henze, who died in 2012. Following the symphonies nos. 7 and 8, symphonia no. 9 (ECHO Klassik 2010) and symphonies nos. 3, 4 and 5 (nominated for a Grammy Award in 2012), Schott/WERGO plans to release the symphonies nos. 1 and 6 on a single CD in summer 2013. In early summer 2013, the Hyperion label will be releasing a recording of three cello concertos and a duet for violin, cello and small orchestra by Hans Pfitzner. In collaboration with the RSB under the direction of Sebastian Weigle, the solo musicians featured are Alban Gerhardt, violoncello, and Gergana Gergova, violin.
In close cooperation with Deutschlandradio Kultur and Kulturradio at Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, most of the concerts played by the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin are broadcast. They can be heard either live or at a later date in Berlin, Brandenburg and all over Germany. In the context of musical exchange by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), some can even be listened to all over the world. The concert calendar in this season’s booklet provides information about which concerts will be recorded and broadcast by which station. Broadcasting dates will be published in our evening programmes at the latest.
Deutsche Rundfunk and its first orchestra, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, have worked hand in hand since 1923. The Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin has been part of the Rundfunk-Orchester und -Chöre GmbH Berlin (roc berlin) since 1994. Deutschlandradio is the biggest partner in roc berlin with shares of 40%. Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg holds 5% of shares, the Federal Republic of Germany 35%, and the State of Berlin 20%.
The two radio stations Deutschlandradio Kultur and Kulturradio at Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg cooperate to stage “Ultraschall”, Berlin’s festival of contemporary music. It has now become a firm component of German musical life. The great public demand for tickets to the “Ultraschall” concerts is always encouraging. Radio directly fulfils its assignment with this series. In 2014 the RSB will be performing a concert under the direction of Johannes Kalitzke.