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Tonight's Great Orchestra of the World is the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, playing Brahms, Beethoven, Bach and Richard Strauss.
The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, based in Munich, was founded in 1949 with members of an earlier radio orchestra in Munich as the core personnel. Eugen Jochum was the orchestra's first chief conductor, from 1949 until 1960. Subsequent chief conductors have included Rafael Kubelík, the longest serving of the orchestra's chief conductors, as well as Sir Colin Davis - who we hear tonight conducting Brahms's Tragic Overture - and Lorin Maazel. Since 2003 the orchestra's chief conductor has been Mariss Jansons, whose current contract extends through August 2018.
The orchestra has recorded extensively and received the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance for its recording of Shostakovich's 13th Symphony.
Johannes Brahms: Tragic Overture
Colin Davis conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in C minor for Violin and Oboe
Violin: Lisa Batiashvili
Oboe: Francois Leleux
Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 in B-flat major
Piano: Mitsuko Uchida
Kurt Sanderling conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Richard Strauss: An Alpine Symphony
Georg Solti conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra