Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin | orchestra

orchestraDeutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO) and its history have become emblematic of the democratic and cultural renewal of Germany following the defeat of National Socialism and the end of World War II. That is how the orchestra has been perceived at its concerts in Berlin and on tours throughout Germany and the rest of Europe, North and South America, and in the Near, Middle and Far East. Its groundbreaking radio and recording productions...

Clara Haskil | piano

pianoClara Haskil

Clara Haskil (7 January 1895 - 7 December 1960) was a Jewish Romanian classical pianist, renowned as an interpreter of the classical and early romantic repertoire. Haskil was particularly noted for her performances and recordings of Mozart. Many considered her the foremost interpreter of Mozart in her time. She was also noted as a superb interpreter of Beethoven, Schumann, and Scarlatti. Haskil was born into a Sephardic Jewish family in...

WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln | orchestra

orchestraWDR Sinfonieorchester Köln

The WDR Symphony Orchestra of Cologne was formed in 1947 as part of the then North West German Radio (NWDR) and belongs nowadays to the West German Radio. It is not merely the studio orchestra of the WDR for radio and television productions but also presents numerous concerts in the Kölner Philharmonie and throughout the transmission area. Its outstanding reputation has been acquired in cooperation with its principal conductors –...

Berliner Philharmoniker | orchestra

orchestraBerliner Philharmoniker

BeginningsIn spring 1882 Benjamin Bilse announced plans to take his already underpaid orchestra to Warsaw travelling fourth class. 50 of his musicians reached breaking point. Calling themselves the “former Bilse Kapelle”, they declared their independence. Right from the start the young ensemble received administrative support from the Berlin concert agent Hermann Wolff. On his advice, the group changed its name to “Berliner...

piano trio
Trio Testore | piano trio

piano trioTrio Testore

TRIO TESTORE "The Trio Testore is an ensemble which is capable of acting as a single organism. Chamber music in a truly exquisite category". - MDR - „... with the sensibility that these players reveal, it comes across with touching sincerity ... Tchaikovsky found an emotional and textural balance here that the Testore tap purposefully and with considerable power and impetus ...“ --Geoffrey Norris - Gramophone Awards Issue, September...

Pascal Devoyon | piano

pianoPascal Devoyon

string quartet
Mandelring Quartett | string quartet

string quartetMandelring Quartett

Searching for musical truth The Mandelring Quartet’s remarkable homogeneity of sound, intonation and phrasing has become its distinguishing characteristic; four individuals who play as one in their shared determination to always seek out the innermost core of the music and remain open to the musical truth. By grasping the spiritual dimension, exploring the emotional extremes and working on the details, these musicians probe far beneath the...

Karl Böhm | conductor

conductorKarl Böhm

KARL BÖHM, born in Graz in 1894, began by studying law, like his father before him. While still a student he obtained his first conducting engagement in Graz in 1917. In 1921, with the support of Bruno Walter, he moved to Munich; in 1927 he was appointed general music director in Darmstadt, and in 1931 he moved to the corresponding position in Hamburg. In 1933 he joined the National Socialist party, which enabled him to succeed Fritz Busch...

piano trio
Schweizer Klaviertrio – Swiss Piano Trio | piano trio

piano trioSchweizer Klaviertrio – Swiss Piano Trio

The Swiss Piano Trio with Martin Lucas Staub, piano, Angela Golubeva, violin and Sasha Neustroev, violoncello has gathered a remarkable reputation both among experts and the public as an ensemble of outstanding balance and technical perfection whose interpretations electrify with emotional power and their rich and colourful sound. So, there is no surprise that the US-magazine Fanfare recently described the Swiss Piano Trio as „one of the very...

piano, conductor
Géza Anda | piano, conductor

piano, conductorGéza Anda

Géza Anda was born in Budapest on November 19, 1921. He studied with Ernst von Dohnányi and Zoltan Kodály at the Budapest Academy of Music, and won the Liszt Prize in 1940. A year later, shortly after playing Brahms under Mengelberg, he made his debut in the Berlin Philharmonie, where Furtwängler dubbed him "the troubador of the piano". He was only 20 - and had already begun to teach piano. In 1943 he settled in...

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