Bamberger Symphoniker

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The Bamberg Symphony (German: Bamberger Symphoniker - Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie) is a German orchestra based in Bamberg and well known for its artistic excellence and frequent international touring. The orchestra was formed in 1946 mainly from German musicians expelled from Czechoslovakia under the Beneš decrees, who had previously been members of the German Philharmonic Orchestra of Prague. The orchestra received the title of Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie (Bavarian State Philharmonic) in 1993. The orchestra commemorated its 60th anniversary on 16 March 2006.

Since 1993, the home of the orchestra is the Konzert- und Kongresshalle (Concert and Congress Hall), which has the nickname Sinfonie an der Regnitz (Symphony on the Regnitz). Concerts before 1993 were given at the Dominikanerbau. The orchestra receives financial support from the Free State of Bavaria, the city of Bamberg, Oberfranken district and the district of Bamberg. The government of Bavaria retired the orchestra's financial debts in 2003.

Joseph Keilberth was the orchestra's first principal conductor. Other principal conductors have included Eugen Jochum, James Loughran and Horst Stein, all of whom also held the title of honorary conductor of the orchestra. Since January 2000, Jonathan Nott has been principal conductor of the orchestra. Several years after his 2009 extension of his Bamberg contract to 2012, in August 2011, the orchestra further extended Nott's contract through the 2015-2016 season. Herbert Blomstedt was named honorary conductor of the orchestra in March 2006. Robin Ticciati became the orchestra's principal guest conductor in the 2010-2011 season.

The orchestra is associated with the triennial Gustav Mahler Conducting Prize, established during Nott's tenure, and the first prize laureate in 2004 was Gustavo Dudamel. The orchestra has made a number of recordings for Vox Records with János Fürst, some of which have been reissued on CD. It also recorded music of Joaquin Turina for RCA Records with conductor Antonio de Almeida.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Violinkonzerte Bruch, Mendelssohn; Young Uck Kim, Bamberger Symphoniker, Okko Kamu 2
1980 Scheherazade Op. 35 (Bamberg Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Jonel Perlea) Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Bamberg Symphony, Jonel Perlea 2
1985 Symphony no. 5 / Suite from the ballet "Kratt" Eduard Tubin; Bamberger Symphoniker, Neeme Järvi 1
1986 Symphonie Nr. 2 / Konzertwalzer Nr. 1 Alexander Glasunow; Bamberger Symphoniker, Neeme Järvi 1
1986 Symphonien Nr. 4 & 7 Alexander Glasunow; Bamberger Symphoniker, Neeme Järvi 1
1987 Symphonies no. 1 & no. 2 Bohuslav Martinů; Bamberger Symphoniker, Neeme Järvi 1
1987 Symphonies no. 3 & no. 4 Bohuslav Martinů; Bamberger Symphoniker, Neeme Järvi 1
1987 Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no. 1 / Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor Tchaikovsky, Grieg; Bamberger Symphoniker, Roland Pöntinen, Leif Segerstam 1
1987 Symphonie Nr. 3 / Konzertwalzer Alexander Glasunow; Bamberger Symphoniker, Neeme Järvi 1
1987 Symphonie Nr. 6 / Poème lyrique Alexander Glasunow; Bamberger Symphoniker, Neeme Järvi 1
1988 Symphonies no. 5 & no. 6 Bohuslav Martinů; Bamberger Symphoniker, Neeme Järvi 1
1988 5 Overtures Gioachino Rossini; Bamberger Symphoniker, Jonel Perlea 1
1988 Romantic Trombone Concertos Christian Lindberg, Bamberger Symphoniker, Leif Segerstam 1
1989 Cello Concerto "Pro et contra" / Perpetuum Mobile / Symphony no. 1 "Polyphonic" / Symphony no. 2 / Symphony no. 3 Arvo Pärt; The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi, Frans Helmerson 1
1989 Dvořák: Ten Legends, op. 59 / Janáček: Sinfonietta Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček; Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1
1989 Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2 / Capriccio brillant Mendelssohn; Bamberger Symphoniker, Claus Peter Flor, Sergei Edelmann 1
1990 Bruckner Symphony No. 4 in E-flat major Anton Bruckner; Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Heinrich Hollreiser 1
1990 Cello Concertos Saint-Saëns, Lalo, Fauré; Gaspar Cassadó, Bamberger Symphony, Jonel Perlea 1
1992 Mozart-Variationen, op. 132 / Beethoven-Variationen, op. 86 Max Reger; Bamberger Symphoniker, Horst Stein 1
1992 Violinkonzert; Schottische Fantasie Bruch; Hoelscher, Bamberger Symphoniker, Weil 1
1993 Slavische Tänze Antonín Dvořák; Bamberger Symphoniker, Antal Doráti 1
1993 Symphony No. 1 in C minor / Symphony No. 5 in D major "Reformation" Mendelssohn; Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Claus Peter Flor 1
1993 Violin concertos Bruch, Busoni, Strauss; Ingolf Turban, Bamberger Symphoniker, Lior Shambadal 1
1995 Die Weihe der Nacht / der 100. Psalm / Weihegesang Max Reger; Bamberger Symphoniker, Horst Stein 1
1997 Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" Antonín Dvořák; Bamberger Symphoniker, Heinrich Hollreiser 1
1998 Mozart: Requiem / Bruckner: Missa Solemnis, Psalms 112 & 150 Mozart, Bruckner; Northern Sinfonia, Richard Hickox, Bamberger Symphoniker, Karl Anton Rickenbacher 1
1999 Strauss: Hornkonzerte No. 1 & 2 / Britten: Serenade, Op. 31 Richard Strauss, Benjamin Britten; Marie Luise Neunecker, Bamberger Symphoniker, Ingo Metzmacher 1
2000 Symphony no. 3 / Hjortholm Ludolf Nielsen; Bamberger Symphoniker, Frank Cramer 2
2001 Violin Concertos no. 1 & 2 / Double Concerto for Violin and Piano Ernst Krenek; Peter Rosenberg, Gabriel Rosenberg, Bamberger Symphoniker, Florian Merz 1
2003 Serebrier Conducts Tchaikovsky Tchaikovsky; Bamberger Symphoniker, José Serebrier 2
2004 Symphonien nos. 1, 3 & 7 Franz Schubert; Bamberger Symphoniker, Jonathan Nott 1
2007 Cello Concertos Anton Rubinstein; Werner Thomas-Mifune, Bamberger Symphoniker, Yuri Ahronovich 1
2008 Poulenc: Concerto en sol majeur / Alain: Sarabande / Duruflé: Prélude & Fugue sur le nom d'Alain, op. 7 / Trois Danses, op. 6 Poulenc, Alain, Duruflé; Bamberger Symphoniker, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Marie-Claire Alain 2
2010 Symphonie No. 2 Gustav Mahler; Bamberger Symphoniker, Jonathan Nott 1
2011 Cello Concertos Ginastera; Mark Kosower, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Lothar Zagrosek 1
2011 Clarinet Concertos 1 & 2 / Concertino Weber; Karl-Heinz Steffens, Bamberger Symphoniker, Radoslaw Szulc 1
2014 Messe Nr. 3 Anton Bruckner; Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Anka Vondung, Dominik Wortig, Franz-Josef Selig, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bamberger Symphoniker, Robin Ticciati 1
Symphonie Fantastique, Opus 14 Hector Berlioz; Bamberger Symphoniker, Jonel Perlea 2
Til Eulenspiegel / Don Juan / Walzerfolge aus "Der Rosenkavalier" Richard Strauss; Bamberger Symphoniker, Eugen Jochum 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1963 Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites / Bizet: L'Arlesienne Suites Grieg, Bizet; Bamberg Symphony, Jonel Perlea, Marcel Couraud 1
2004 Cello Concertos Joseph Joachim Raff; Daniel Müller-Schott, Robert Kulek, Bamberger Symphoniker, Hans Stadlmair 1
2005 Symphonies / Overtures / Concertos Mendelssohn-Bartholdy; Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Claus Peter Flor 1
2008 Complete Symphonies Martinů; Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi 1

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