The Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (German: Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR) is an orchestra based in Stuttgart in Germany. The ensemble was founded in 1945 by American occupation authorities as the orchestra for Radio Stuttgart, under the name Sinfonieorchester von Radio Stuttgart (Symphony Orchestra of Radio Stuttgart). The radio network later became the Süddeutscher Rundfunk (SDR, South German Radio), and the orchestra changed its name in 1949 to the Sinfonieorchester des Süddeutschen Rundfunks (South German Radio Symphony Orchestra). In 1959, the orchestra took on the name Südfunk-Sinfonieorchester, and acquired its current name in 1975.

Like many broadcast orchestras in Germany, the orchestra has a reputation for performing contemporary music. Past principal conductors included Sir Neville Marriner (1983–1989), who later held the title of principal guest conductor. Georges Prêtre, who became the orchestra's artistic director in 1996, has the title of Conductor Laureate. From 1998 to 2011, Roger Norrington was principal conductor, and incorporated his ideas of historically informed performance, including minimal use of vibrato, into the orchestra's style of playing. Norrington now shares the title of Ehrendirigent (honorary conductor) with Georges Prêtre. In March 2010, the orchestra announced the appointment of Stéphane Denève as its next principal conductor, starting with the 2011-2012 season. His initial contract was for 3 years. In June 2013, the orchestra announced the extension of Denève's contract through the 2015-2016 season.

In June 2012, the SWR Broadcasting Council voted to approve a measure proposed by SWR Intendant Peter Boudgoust to merge the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra with the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, for ostensible reasons of budgetary limitations for two separate orchestras affiliated with the SWR. The SWR Broadcasting Council formally passed the measure in September 2012, with the merger of the two orchestras scheduled to occur in 2016. International protests at the proposal have emerged.

The orchestra has recorded for several labels, including Hänssler and ECM New Series.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Violinkonzerte / Tzigane Berg, Stravinsky, Ravel; Frank Peter Zimmermann, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart 1
1993 Symphony No. 0 Anton Bruckner; Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1995 Corelli: Concerti grossi op. 6/4 + 6/8 / Albinoni: Concerto Grosso / Scarlatti: Sonata / Manfredini, Locatelli: Concerti Grossi Arcangelo Corelli, Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni, Domenico Scarlatti, Francesco Onofrio Manfredini, Pietro Antonio Locatelli; Zagrebački solisti, Dubravka Tomšič, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Garcia Navarro 1
2000 Daphnis et Chloé / La Valse / Le Tombeau de Couperin Ravel; Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Sergiu Celibidache 1
2000 Nocturnes / La Mer Debussy; Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Sergiu Celibidache 1
2001 Cello Concertos nos. 1 & 2 Henri Vieuxtemps; Heinrich Schiff, Neville Mariner; Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart 2
2001 Symphonies 7 & 8 Kurt Atterberg; SWR Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Ari Rasilainen 1
2003 Symphony No. 5 & 6 Beethoven; Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Roger Norrington 1
2003 Rhapsody in Blue: Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin; Cécile Ousset, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sir Neville Marriner 1
2007 Symphony No. 9 Anton Bruckner; Carlo Maria Giulini, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR 1
2007 Symphony no. 4 / Suite from the Opera "Lady Macbeth von Mzensk" Dmitry Shostakovich; Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Andrey Boreyko 1
2012 Complete Orchestral Suites Tchaikovsky; Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Sir Neville Marriner 1
Les Béatitudes (Oratorio) Franck; Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Der Messias Georg Friedrich Händel; Neville Marriner, Lucia Popp, Brigitte Fassbaender, Robert Gambill, Robert Holl, Südfunkchor & Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Stuttgart 1
2004 Complete Symphonies Kurt Atterberg; NDR Radiophilharmonie, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt, Ari Rasilainen 1
2004 The 9 Symphonies (The Concert Recordings - 1948/1954) Ludwig van Beethoven;Wilhelm Furtwängler, Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, Philharmonia Orchestra, SDR Symphony Orchestra 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Concert 1993 Saint-Saëns, Gershwin; Svjatoslav Richter, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Christoph Eschenbach 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Die Klarinettenkonzerte 2 & 3 Louis Spohr; Karl Leister, RSO Stuttgart, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos 1
2000 Mussorgsky: Pictures at an exhibition / Stravinsky: The Fairy's Kiss Suite Mussorgsky, Stravinsky; Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Sergiu Celibidache 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Symphony N. 4 / Symphony N. 9 (original version) Anton Bruckner; Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Sergiu Celibidache 1

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