London Symphony Orchestra
The London Symphony Orchestra is a brilliant orchestra that can perform any genre of music. Its radiant sound and versatility have made it the go-to Orchestra for film soundtracks, recording many of John Williams’s famous scores for the silver screen.
The players also benefit from great management, as well as people who share a curiosity about new things and don’t shy away from new challenges. And since the players are involved in many decisions, they work with people who share their philosophy. The members love to make things, and their range is as wide as their enthusiasm. Everyone seems to be there because they want to be – never any sense of being exploited by the system.
Budapest Festival Orchestra
The BFO has come a long way in a short time. Its players share a devotion to their art that is inspiring.
The Orchestra regularly performs at the most prestigious concert halls in the international music scene, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna, and the Royal Albert Hall and Barbican Centre in London. They have been invited to perform at several international festivals, including the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York City and the Edinburgh International Festival.
The BFO has won two Gramophone Awards and was nominated for a Grammy in 2013. In 2014 it won the Diapason d’Or and the Italian Toblacher Komponierhäuschen prize for its recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra is a crack broadcasting ensemble based in Munich and has emerged in recent decades to challenge the world’s best.
Conductor Mariss Jansons has been steadily elevating the Münchner Philharmoniker’s profile since taking over as music director in 2004. The Orchestra’s performances and recordings on the recently launched BR-Klassik label are meticulously rendered, with great attention paid to every detail.
From 1949 to 1960, Eugen Jochum led the Orchestra. He built it up with top-grade musicians and established its worldwide reputation during its first foreign tours. Munich audiences have him to thank for incomparable interpretations of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies, of which he is best known. Besides Bruckner, Jochum devoted special attention to the performance of sacred music and also made regular appearances on the podium of Musicaviva.