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Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Biography

Active: 1925 - ; Copenhagen, Denmark
The Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra is the oldest broadcasting orchestra in the world. It is usually ranked as Denmark's leading symphony orchestra.

Copenhagen has been a musical center since it became the capital of Denmark in the fifteenth century. King Christian IV's long reign (1588 - 1648) saw the many court musicians sent to Venice for music studies, and Dowland, Schütz, and others were brought in to train the rest. They
Read more became the kernel for opera, ballet, and instrumental music at court and then, in the eighteenth century, in public theaters. The instrumental musicians were organized as the Kongelige Kapel (Royal Orchestra), and in 1780 were set up as the regular orchestra of the Royal Opera. Since then it has consistently given orchestral concerts.

In 1836, the Musikforening (Music Society) was established to organize public concerts and was ably led by Mendelssohn's one-time pupil Niels W. Gade. It and other musical societies continued to dominate concert life until the founding of the national radio station, the Statsradiofonien (later Danish Broadcasting Corporation), which in 1925 organized its own symphony orchestra.

Two of the greatest living conductors, Fritz Busch and Nikolai Malko, built the Radio Symphony Orchestra into an incisive, highly accurate ensemble of great flexibility. Aside from the period of Nazi German occupation from 1940 to 1945, the orchestra has consistently grown in stature. During its lifetime it has been guest-conducted by such stellar figures as Paul Kletzki, Leopold Stokowski, Rafael Kubelik, Bruno Walter, Sergiu Celibidache, Vaclav Neumann, Paavo Berglund, Eugene Ormandy, Sixten Ehrling, Herbert Blomstedt, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Kurt Sanderling, Christoph Eschenbach, Daniel Barenboim, Yuri Temirkanov, and Giuseppe Sinopoli.

The Danish Broadcasting Corporation (or DR) lost its broadcasting monopoly in 1986 but continues as a license-supported independent public corporation. The Danish National Radio Orchestra is a mainstay of its P2 (or Channel 2) classical music program, and of DR Klassik, a digital music classical channel available over cable or by satellite to nearly two million listeners. Among the important leaders of the orchestra have been Herbert Blomstedt, who was the principal conductor from 1967 to 1977, Leif Segerstam, chief conductor from 1998 to 1995, Ulf Schirmer (chief conductor 1995 - 1998) and his successor Gerd Albrecht, who became chief conductor in 2000. Michael Schönwandt was principal guest conductor until the end of 2000 and was succeeded by Thomas Dausgaard while Yuri Temirkanov continued as the other principal guest conductor.

The DNRSO has often toured, especially throughout Europe and to the United States. Albrecht took the orchestra to the U.S. in 2000 to mark its 75th birthday season with appearances at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and Chicago's Orchestra Hall, as well as concerts in Iceland.

It has recorded extensively and since becoming associated with the British label Chandos has released over 80 Chandos compact discs. These have included extensive series of music by Nielsen, Rued Langgaard, Per Nřrgĺrd, Jean Sibelius, and Gustav Mahler under Segerstam, Neeme Järvi, and Rozhdestvensky. It has also recorded for Decca and the Danish label dacapo. The orchestra received American Grammy nominations for its recording of the opera Holger Danske by Kunzen (1997), for Nřrgĺrd's Fifth Symphony (1998) and for Nielsen's Maskarade (2000). In 1999, the Maskarade recording received the Gramophone Award for Best Twentieth Century Opera Recordings. In 2000 Michael Schönwandt completed a complete Nielsen symphony set for dacapo, receiving a Danish Music Award for the release of the First and Sixth Symphonies. The DNRSO gives its regular concerts in the Radiohus Koncertsal (Radio House Concerto Hall), which opened in 1946. Read less
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  • 1.
    Sibelius: Symphonies 5-7, Orchestral Works / Collins, Jensen
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002126502 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Anthony Collins,  Thomas Jensen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    James Galway - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 302633 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Arthur Smith,  Various,  Traditional,  Stan Lebowsky  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Sylvia,  Marisa Robles,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Galway Pops Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven's Choral Symphony
    Label: Tahra   Catalog: 752 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Elsie Morison,  Else Brems,  Ernst Haefliger
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Great Wagner Singers [6-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001826302 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hans Hotter,  Sieglinde Wagner,  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Gundula Janowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinrich Hollreiser,  Wilhelm Pitz,  Ferdinand Leitner,  Richard Kraus  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus  ... 
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  • 5.
    Nielsen, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos / Frang, Jensen, Danish Radio Symphony
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 602570 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Carl Nielsen
    Performer:  Vilde Frang
    Conductor:  Eivind Gullberg Jensen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 6.
    Nielsen: Symphonies 1 - 4 / Rattle, Blomstedt, Danish Radio Symphony,  City Of Birmingham Symphony
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6784192 Release Date: 02/07/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen
    Performer:  Peter Rasmussen,  Kirsten Schultz
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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  • 7.
    Delius - 150th Anniversary Edition [18-CDs]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 0841752 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Frederick Delius
    Performer:  Piers Lane,  John Noble,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Yehudi Menuhin  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Vernon Handley,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Rachmaninov Edition: Complete Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9071 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Earl Wild,  Olga Lutsiv-Ternovskaya,  Leonid Bomstein,  Viacheslav Pochapsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Leonard Slatkin,  Valeri Polyanskii  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 9.
    James Galway Plays Flute Concertos
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 82812 Release Date: 05/24/2011   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Malcolm Arnold,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Stamitz  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Rainer Wolters,  Ursula Duetschler,  John Mayer  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  James Galway,  André Prieur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn,  I Solisti di Zagreb  ... 
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  • 10.
    Fritz Busch - Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Dvorak
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2354 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau,  Marian Anderson
    Conductor:  Fritz Busch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    James Galway - 60 Flute Masterpieces Vol 8 - 20th Century II
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63440 Release Date: 01/28/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Lowell Liebermann,  Carl Nielsen,  Malcolm Arnold,  John Carmichael  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Gareth Hulse,  Rachel Gough,  Philip Eastop  ... 
    Conductor:  Lowell Liebermann,  James Galway,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Louis Frémaux  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players,  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    100 Best 20th Century Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64249 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  György Ligeti,  John Adams,  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall,  Ralph Kirshbaum,  Tasmin Little,  Simon Haram  ... 
    Conductor:  None,  Simon Rattle,  Leonard Slatkin,  Christopher Warren-Green  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artemis String Quartet,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 13.
    Koppel: Requiem Op 78, Oboe Concerto Op 82, Violin Concerto Op 83, Etc / Segerstam, Krenz, Et Al
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 571/72 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Herman D. Koppel
    Performer:  Jorgen Hammergaard,  Milan Vítek
    Conductor:  Jan Krenz,  Lamberto Gardelli,  Rudolf Schwarz,  Leif Segerstam  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Choir,  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake / Schaufuss, Hart
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4500 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Graham Bond
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Best Concertos 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64739 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Christian Zacharias,  Francois-René Duchable  ... 
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek,  Lawrence Foster,  Hans Vonk,  Michel Plasson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    H. Koppel: Piano Concertos No 1 & 4, A. Koppel, Norgaard, Christensen: Works / Koppel, Wellejus, Danish Radio Symphony, Et Al
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 569/70 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Herman D. Koppel,  Thomas Koppel,  Anders Koppel,  Bernhard Christensen  ... 
    Performer:  Herman D. Koppel,  Nikolaj Koppel
    Conductor:  Aksel Wellejus,  John Schroder,  Agnieszka Duczmal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Odense Symphony Orchestra,  South Jutland Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven: Symphony No 9 Op. 125, Leonore Overture No 3 Op. 72a / Busch, Et Al
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2343 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Fritz Busch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Chorus,  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Haydn: Symphony No 88; Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik / Fritz Busch
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2339 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Fritz Busch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 19.
    EMI 20th Century Classics - Nielsen
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 06882 Release Date: 07/22/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen
    Performer:  Frantz Lemmser,  Arve Tellefsen,  Kjell-Inge Stevensson
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London,  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Nielsen - The Collector's Edition
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 19429 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen
    Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes,  Mogens Schmidt-Johansen,  Kirsten Schultz,  Bent Norup  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis,  Herbert Blomstedt,  Mogens Woldike,  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Melos Ensemble London  ... 
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  • 21.
    Brahms, Joachim: Violin Concertos / Tetzlaff, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 02109 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Joachim,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff
    Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Nielsen: Symphonies No 1-6 / Blomstedt, Danish Radio So
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 829 Release Date: 10/02/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Gemini - Nielsen: Concertos / Herbert Blomstedt, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 81503 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen
    Performer:  Arve Tellefsen,  Frantz Lemmser,  Kjell-Inge Stevensson
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    A Portrait - Else Paaske
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 647/48 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Max Reger,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ib Norholm  ... 
    Performer:  Friedrich Gürtler,  Else Paaske,  Anders Riber,  Martha Schuster  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Bach Collegium
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    Mahler: Symphony No 3 / Segerstam, Gjevang, Danish Radio Sym
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8970/71 Release Date: 04/04/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Anne Gjevang
    Conductor:  Leif Segerstam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Copenhagen Boys' Choir,  Danish Radio Chorus
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