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1946: Philharmonisches Orchester des Südwestfunks
1946: Großes Orchester des Südwestfunks
1966: Sinfonieorchester des Südwestfunks
1998: SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg

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The Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra (also known in English as the SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra or SWR Symphony Orchestra, and in German as the Sinfonieorchester des Südwestrundfunks or SWR Sinfonieorchester) is a radio orchestra located in the German cities of Baden-Baden and Freiburg.

The first incarnation of the orchestra occurred in 1946, initially with members of the discontinued spa orchestra of the city as the core of players. The revival of the spa orchestra two years later forced the reorganization of the radio orchestra. Subsequently, Hans Rosbaud was hired as the orchestra's first chief conductor. Rosbaud was already well known as a champion of modern music, and Heinrich Strobel, the music director in charge of the orchestra, shared this sympathy with contemporary music. Thus the orchestra had, and continues to have, as its focus performances of modern music.

The orchestra was first sponsored by Südwestfunk (SWF), a public broadcasting corporation headquartered in Baden-Baden. In 1998 SWF merged into Südwestrundfunk ("Southwest Broadcasting"), which took over responsibility for the orchestra. The current chief conductor is François-Xavier Roth, beginning with the 2011-2012 season. Michael Gielen, chief conductor from 1986 to 1999, has the title of Ehrendirigent (conductor laureate) with the orchestra. In February 2014, the orchestra announced the extension of Roth'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 SWR Sinfonieorchester with the Stuttgart 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.

One of the most widely heard recordings by this orchestra was Ligeti's Atmospheres conducted by Ernest Bour on the 2001: A Space Odyssey soundtrack. The orchestra has also recorded commercially for the Hänssler label, including music of Messiaen, Bartók, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, and Wolfgang Rihm.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1990 Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 Brahms; Symphony Orchestra of the South West German Radio Baden-Baden, Jascha Horenstein 1
1992 Famous Melodies Johann Strauss; Rundfunkorchester des Südwestfunks Baden-Baden, Klaus Arp 1
1993 Symphonie Nr. 3 Henryk Mikołaj Górecki; Sinfonie-Orchester des SWF, Baden-Baden, Ernest Bour, Stefania Woytowicz 5 1
1994 Symphonie nº 3 Henryk Górecki; Theresa Erbe, Orchestre Symphonique de Baden-Baden, Werner Stiefel 1
1995 Orchestral Music Elliott Carter; SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Michael Gielen, Ursula Oppens 1
1996 Symphonien nos. 2, 8 / Fidelio Ouvertüre Ludwig van Beethoven; SWF-Sinfonieorchester, Michael Gielen 1
2000 Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 / György Kurtág: Stele op. 33 / Arnold Schönberg: Kol Nidre op. 39 Michael Gielen, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg 1
2003 Mahler: Symphony no. 1 in D major / Ives: Central Park in the Dark / The Unanswered Question Mahler, Ives; SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Michael Gielen 1
2004 Symphonies No. 1-9 / Adagio Gustav Mahler; Michael Gielen, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg 1
2006 Symphonic Poems Antonín Dvořák; Zinman, Neumann, SWR Symphony Orchestra 1
Classic Masters: Peças populares para orquestra Camille Saint-Saëns, Pablo de Sarasate, Charles-François Gounod, Fryderyk Chopin, Georges Bizet; Orquestra Sinfônica da Rádio do Sudoeste de Baden-Baden, Klaus Arp 1
Les Chefs-d'Œuvre de l'histoire de la musique : Symphonie No. 5 en mi mineur Пётр Ильич Чайковский; Wolddemar Nelsson, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg 1
Mein Vaterland -- My Country Smetana; Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden, Zdeněk Mácal 1
The Complete Symphonies nos. 1-8 Franz Schubert; SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Hans Zender 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1996 Sinfonie Classiche, Volume 3 Compilation Schubert; Schumann; Orchestra Sinfonica di Amburgo, Gunter von Trifch, Orchestra Sinfonia di Baden Baden, Zoltan Pesko 1
2001 Violinkonzert / Streichquartett Nr. 1 / Souvenir de Florence Compilation P. I. Tchaikovsky; Aaron Rosand, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Tibor Szőke 1
2002 Concerto in D major, op. 61 for Violin and Orchestra / Symphony No. 8 in F major, op. 93 Compilation Ludwig van Beethoven; SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Hans Rosbaud, Ginette Neveu 1
2003 Mozart Arien Compilation Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg 1
2007 Les Ballets Russes, Volume 3: Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune / Schmitt: La Tragédie de Salomé / Stravinsky: Pétrouchka Compilation Claude Debussy, Florent Schmitt, Igor Stravinsky; SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Sylvain Cambreling 1
Classic Masters: Aberturas célebres II Compilation Orquestra Sinfônica da Rádio do Sudoeste de Baden-Baden, Klaus Arp 1
Classic Masters: Aberturas célebres III Compilation Orquestra Sinfônica da Rádio do Sudoeste de Baden-Baden, Klaus Arp 1

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