Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien (previously ORF-Symphonieorchester)

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The Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (German: Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, or RSO Wien) is the orchestra of the Austrian national broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF). Founded in 1969 with the name of the ORF-Symphonieorchester (ORF Symphony Orchestra), it is the only radio orchestra in the country. It acquired its current name in 1996.

The orchestra performs in a number of venues, including the following:

  • Radiokulturhaus, Vienna
  • Konzerthaus, Vienna
  • Theater an der Wien
  • Musikverein

Unlike most other Austrian orchestras, the RSO Wien has a substantial focus on contemporary classical music.

Milan Horvat was the orchestra's first chief conductor, from 1969 to 1975. During the tenure of Bertrand de Billy as chief conductor, from 2002 to 2010, he had disputes with management over funding and the continuing status of the orchestra. In January 2009, the RSO Wien announced the appointment of Cornelius Meister as its seventh chief conductor, effective with the 2010-2011 season and with an initial contract through August 2014. Meister has conducted the Vienna RSO in a commercial recording of the music of Gottfried von Einem. In April 2016, the orchestra announced that Meister is to conclude his Vienna RSO tenure in 2018, at the end of his most recent contract extension.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Stiffelio Giuseppe Verdi; ORF-Chor, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien & Lamberto Gardelli 1
1989 La battaglia di Legnano Giuseppe Verdi; Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien & Lamberto Gardelli 1
1990 A Village Romeo and Juliet Delius; ORF-Symphonieorchester, Arnold Schönberg Chor, Sir Charles Mackerras 1
1994 Der Cornet Frank Martin; Marjana Lipovšek, ORF-Symphonieorchester, Lothar Zagrosek 1
1994 Symphony No. 10 Shostakovich; Milan Horvat, Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra (ORF) 1
1999 Flux Erkki-Sven Tüür; David Geringas, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Dennis Russell Davies 1
2002 Symphony / Pastorales Vorspiel Hans Rott; Radio Symphonieorchester Wien, Dennis Russell Davies 1
2003 Organ Concerto / 3 Organ Sonatas Paul Hindemith; ORF-Symphonieorchester, Milan Horvat, Anton Heiller, Elisabeth Ullmann 1
2003 Metamusik / Postludium Valentin Silvestrov; Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Dennis Russell Davies, Alexei Lubimov 1
2004 Symphonies 1 & 8 / Symphonischer Epilog Egon Wellesz; Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Gottfried Rabl 1
2006 Don Giovanni Mozart; Bertrand de Billy, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien 1
2007 Symphony no. 15 / Cantata da Requiem / Transitions Gloria Coates; Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Boder, Talisker Players, Ars Nova Nuremberg, Heider 1
2010 Aranjuez: Concertos and Dances for Harp Xavier de Maistre, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bertrand de Billy 1
Grieg, Brahms, Dvorak, Smetana ORF-Symphonieorchester 1
I Due Foscari Giuseppe Verdi; Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien & Lamberto Gardelli 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Iberia / La Mer / Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune Claude Debussy; ORF Symphonieorchester, Milan Horvat 1
1996 Claro de luna / Preludio a la siesta de un fauno / El Mar Claude Debussy; Philharmonia Slavonica, Alfred Scholz, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Radio Austríaca (ORF), Milan Horvat, Dieter Goldmann, Jurica Maurai 1
1997 Ö3 Nachtsmann - die schönsten Weihnachtslieder zum Mitsingen Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien 1
2006 The Orchestral Works 2 Giacinto Scelsi; Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Concentus Vocalis, Wiener Kammerchor, Peter Rundel, Johannes Kalitzke 1
Rachmaninoff, Rimskij-Korsakow, Prokofjew Rachmaninoff, Rimskij-Korsakow, Prokofjew; ORF Symphonieorchester, Milan Horvat 1

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