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Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Choir)

Founded: 1946 - Munich, Bavaria, Germany

The Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks was founded in 1946 as the first of Bavarian Broadcasting's musical ensembles. Starting in 1949, its artistic upswing ran parallel to the development of the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester, the Chief Conductor of which has been Mariss Jansons since 2003. From the beginning both ensembles are linked in intensive concert activities.

In 2005 Peter Dijkstra was appointed the Artistic Director. An avowed “anti-specialist” he has presented a wide variety of programs. These included a cappella productions as well as collaborations with the two Bavarian Broadcasting orchestras as well as such period ensembles as the Concerto Köln and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. Because of its special sound quality and stylistic versatility, which ranges through every aspect of choral singing from the medićval motet to con temporary works, from oratorio to grand opera, the ensemble enjoys the highest reputation throughout the world.

This has brought the chorus regularly to such eminent festivals as the Lucerne Festival, the Salzburg Festival and the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, as well as to collaborations with top European orchestras like the Berliner Philharmoniker, Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. In the recent past, the chorus has concertized with such distinguished conductors as Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Christian Thielemann, Giovanni Antonini, Andris Nelsons, Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, Herbert Blomstedt and Robin Ticciati.

In the musica viva series and Paradisi gloria as well as in their own subscription series, the choir regularly shines in world premičres. The choir has received a number of major prizes for its CD recordings, among them the 2012 ECHO Klassik award for the recording of Gabriel Fauré's Requiem as well as a Diapason d'or ARTE for the a cappella CD Strauss–Wagner–Mahler on the BR-Klassik label.

Artistic Directors

Robert Seiler (1946-1949)
Josef Kugler (1949-1958)
Kurt Prestel (1958-1963)
Wolfgang Schubert (1963-1969)
Heinz Mende & Josef Schmidhuber (1969-1981)
Gordon Kember (1981-1984)
Hans-Peter Rauscher (1986-1990)
Michael Gläser (1990-2005)
Peter Dijkstra (2005-2016)
Howard Arman (2016-Present)

Members of Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks:





Hilke Brosius
Simona Brüninghaus
Magdalena Dijkstra
Priska Eser-Streit
Diana Fischer
Barbara Fleckenstein
Masako Goda
Michaela Knab
Margit Pennartz
Sybille Philippin
Stefanie Rückel
Roswitha Schmelzl
Isabella Stettner
Monika Stockmeier
Atsuko Suzuki
Claudia Ulbrich

Theresa Blank
Mareike Braun
Sigrid Horvath
Sigrid Kirsch
Lori Liebelt
Barbara Müller
Jutta Neumann
Merit Ostermann
Marion Rambausek
Kerstin Rosenfeldt
Sabine Staudinger
Gisela Uhlmann
Hanne Weber
Gabriele Weinfurter

Lorenz Fehenberger
Benjamin Glaubitz
Q-Won Han
Andreas Hirtreiter
Johannes Klügling
Andrew Lepri Meyer
Andreas Mogl
Moon Yung Oh
Anton Rosner
Bernhard Schneider
Andreas Schulis
Taro Takagi
Theodor Weimer

Henryk Böhm
Andreas Burkhart
Erks Jan Dekker
Matthias Ettmayr
Benedikt Göbel
Gerald Häußler
Thomas Hamberger
Christof Hartkopf
Tim Hennis
Rudolf Hillebrand
Timo Janzen
Wolfgang Klose
Michael Mantaj
Michael Nagy
Werner Rollenmüller
Dankwart Siegele
Krešimir Stražanac
Benedikt Weiß

Source: Liner notes to the album "Bach: Matthäus-Passion", conducted by Peter Dijkstra (BR Klassik, 2011)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2016)

Eugen Jochum: Short Biogrophy | Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester | Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks | Recordings of Vocal Works
Individual Recordings:
BWV 232 - E. Jochum | BWV 245 - E. Jochum

Colin Davis: Short Biography | Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester | Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks | Recordings of Vocal Works | General Discussions

Peter Dijkstra: Short Biography | Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks | Recordings of Vocal Works

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Carlo Maria Giulini


BWV 232 [2nd, 1994]

Thomas Hengelbrock


C-5 (2011): BWV 206

Ton Koopman


BWV 245 [2nd]

Rafael Kubelík


BWV 232

Wolfgang Sawallisch


BWV 245 [Video]

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