The WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln is a symphony orchestra of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR, West German Broadcasting) in Cologne. It was also known as Kölner Rundfunkorchester. In its present form the orchestra was founded in 1947, but groups from which it was formed date back to 1927. It is an important part of the WDR and consists currently of 56 principal members.

The repertoire includes a full range of popular music, musicals, opera and operetta, film and classical music, including lesser-known oratorio and "easy listening" music. For several years, the orchestra has worked with younger conductors such as Titus Engel and Rasmus Baumann. Designated principal conductor is Wayne Marshall, as of the 2014-2015 season.

Note that the broadcaster also hosts a separate symphony orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne (WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln), which specializes in "serious" classical music, and is not to be confused with the WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Der Lindberghflug / The Ballad of Magna Carta Kurt Weill; Kölner Rundfunkorchester, Jan Latham-Koenig 1
1992 Der Kuhhandel "Shady Dealing" (Auszüge) Kurt Weill; WDR Rundfunkchor Köln, WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, Jan Latham-Koenig 1
1993 Die sieben Todsünden / Mahagonny Songspiel Kurt Weill; Kölner Rundfunkorchester, Lothar Zagrosek 1
1995 Kurt Weill on Broadway Kurt Weill; Steven Kimbrough, Kölner Rundfunkorchester, Victor Symonette 1
2001 Der Vampyr Heinrich August Marschner; WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, WDR Rundfunkchor Köln, Helmuth Froschauer 2
2002 Symphonies nos. 8 & 9 Bruckner; Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Günter Wand 1
2002 Symphony no. 2 Bruckner; Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Günter Wand 1
2002 Symphony no. 3 Bruckner; Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Günter Wand 1
2002 Symphony no. 4 Bruckner; Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Günter Wand 1
2009 Pique Dame Franz von Suppé; WDR Rundfunkchor, WDR Rundfunkorchester, Michail Jurowski 1
2011 Symphonic Odysseys: Tribute to Nobuo Uematsu WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln & WDR Rundfunk Chor Köln 2
2013 Il Convegno Mendelssohn, Mozart, Rossini, Ponchielli; Andy Miles, Dirk Schultheis, WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, Helmuth Froschauer 1
2013 Von Kopf bis Fuß: Eine Hommage an Marlene Dietrich WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln mit Pe Werner, Götz Alsmann, Tim Fischer 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Träumerei -- Best of Schumann Robert Schumann; Christian Zacharias, WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln & Hans Vonk 1

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