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SWR music


SWR music is the recording label of the Southwest German Broadcasting Company (SWR)  in cooperation with hänssler CLASSIC featuring recordings of the internationally renowned SWR orchestras and ensembles as well as outstanding archival recordings. In October 2010 the label celebrated its tenth anniversary. Despite the turbulent classical music market, SWR music has enjoyed a decade of unparalleled success, receiving numerous awards and prizes for both its recordings and artists.

SWR music features a full spectrum of musical genre, from orchestral compositions and a cappella coral works to chamber music and big band jazz; from the Viennese classics of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven to the Second Vienna School and beyond, even such stalwarts of the European vanguard  as Luigi Nono, György Kurtag, and Wolfgang Rihm – whose works are featured in a critically acclaimed multi-disc series. SWR music is without question, a showcase for musical excellence.

The SWR not only offers high-quality recordings featuring internationally celebrated artists and ensembles but also draws upon the expertise of its music editors and priceless resources of its archives for photographic and textual materials – all of which have established SWR music as one of the most important voices in the world market for classical music.

In addition to special recitals and chamber music recordings with internationally established artists, SWR music presents the musical work of the following orchestras and ensembles:

SWR Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden and Freiburg
Principal conductor:
François Xavier Roth

Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra of the SWR
Principal conductor:
Stéphane Denève

German Radio Philharmonic of Saarbrücken and Kaiserslautern
Principal conductor: Karel Mark Chichon
This orchestra was formed in 2007 from the fusion of the Saarbrücken Symphony Orchestra (SR) and the Kaiserslautern Radio Orchestra (SWR).

SWR Vocal Ensemble of Stuttgart
Principal conductor: Marcus Creed

SWR Big Band

These productions are also available as downloads from the ensemble’s respective websites.