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RIAS-Kammerchor (Chamber Choir)

Founded: 1948 - Berlin, Germany

As soon as he was founded in 1948, the RIAS-Kammerchor played a decisive part in the revival of the musical life of Berlin. Before becoming a partner of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Berliner Philharmoniker, the choir participated along with the RIAS-Kammerorchester and well-known soloists not only in Karl Ristenpart’s J.S. Bach Cycle (68 cantatas, the Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) and the Saint-John Passion (BWV 245) were recorded between 1947 and 1952) but in works of 28 other composers under this same conductor.

Conductors like Ferenc Frisay, Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan and Lorin Maazel were closely associated with the Choir, and in more recent years special mention may be made of its collaboration with Claudio Abbado, James Levine and Daniel Barenboïm. However, the RIAS-Kammerchor developed its specific artistic profile out of its own independent existence as a chamber ensemble and established an international reputation as one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles, owing the lustre of its name especially to its performances of the a cappella repertory. In this respect the Choir occupies an unrivalled position among German professional choirs. Under its principal conductor, Marcus Creed, the Choir has gone from strength to strength. At the same time, the Choir has broadened its repertory to include performances of early music, with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, John Eliot Gardiner, Frans Brüggen, Roger Norrington and René Jacobs.

Chief Conductors / Artistic Directors

Herbert Froitzheim (1948-1954)
Günther Arndt (1954-1972)
Uwe Gronostay (1972-1986)
Marcus Creed (1987-2003)
Daniel Reuss (2003-2007)
Hans-Christoph Rademann (2007-Present)


Sources:
- Harmonia Mundi Website
- Renowned critic Hans-Heinz Stückenschmidt wrote in “40 Years RIAS Chamber Choir 1948-1988” (publ. by RIAS, 1988) that it was “Karl Ristenpart’s choral work as early as 1946 for the Berlin DIAS (=Telephone wire broadcasting in the American Sector) which created the conditions allowing for the foundation of the RIAS-Kammerchor.”
- „A Musician to the Core: Remembering Karl Ristenpart,“ a broadcast by Dr. Charles W. Scheel, aired on Dec. 23rd 2006 in the “KONZERT” series on Deutschlandradio Kultur Berlin.
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (June 2001, August 2007); Charles Scheel (February 2007); Andrew Redmond (February 2011)

Marcus Creed: Short Biography | RIAS-Kammerchor | Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin | Recordings of Vocal Works

René Jacobs: Short Biography | RIAS-Kammerchor | Academie für Alte Musik Berlin | Recordings | General Discussions
Individual Recordings:
BWV 232 - Jacobs | BWV 248 - Jacobs

Rainer Kussmaul: Short Biography | RIAS-Kammerchor | Berliner Barock Solisten | Recordinga of Vocal Works | Recordings of Instrumental Works
Individual Recordings:
Thomas Quasthoff: Bach Cantatas

Lorin Maazel: Short Biography | RIAS-Kammerchor | Berlin Radio-Symphonie Orchester | Recordings

Karl Ristenpart: Short Biography | Saar Chamber Orchestra | RIAS-Kammerchor | RIAS-Kammerorchester | Recordings of Vocal Works | Recordings of Instrumental Works | General Discussions

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

Conductor

As

Works

Bernhard Forck

Choir

BWV 84

Hartmut Haenchen

Choir

BWV 169

Daniel Harding

Choir

BWV 62 BWV 248/1-3 [1st], BWV 248/1-3 [2nd]

Herbert von Karajan

Choir

DVD: BWV 243

Fritz Lehmann

Choir

BWV 248

Roger Norrington

Choir

BWV 232

Simon Rattle

Choir

DVD: BWV 245

Hans-Christoph Rademann

Choir

Sinfonias from BWV 35, BWV 146, BWV 169, BWV 188
BWV 225-228, BWV 244

Karl Ristenpart

Choir

BWV 245, BWV 248 [Tape]

Peter Schreier

Choir

BWV 55, BWV 233-236, BWV 243

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RIAS-Kammerchor (Harmonia Mundi)

Willkommen beim RIAS-Kammerchor [German]

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