Bamberger Symphoniker | Gramophone's Orchestra of the Year 2021 Nominee

Monday, July 19, 2021

Jakub Hrůša has continued the work of his predecessor in maintaining this fine Bavarian orchestra’s crisp ensemble and impressive fire

Gramophone's Orchestra of the Year Award is the only Gramophone Classical Music Award decided by public vote. The 10 orchestras nominated this year are: Academy of Ancient Music, Accademia Bizantina, Bamberger Symphoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, The Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Philharmonia Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich.

This week, we focus on Bamberger Symphoniker ...

Introduction

Jakub Hrůša (Chief Conductor since 2016) has continued the work of his predecessor in maintaining this fine Bavarian orchestra’s crisp ensemble and impressive fire. Music from Hrůša’s native Czech Republic, where the orchestra also has its roots, brings out the pungency of its sound. Martinů violin concertos, with Frank Peter Zimmermann, earned the orchestra January’s Recording of the Month, while April’s Mahler Fourth found David Gutman saluting playing that ‘combines forensic scrutiny with a readier embrace of tenderness and geniality’.

Recommended Albums

Martinů Violin Concertos

Zimmermann; Bamberg SO / Hrůša

This is, for me, the top recommendation for these two works and, frankly, is how Martinů should always be played ...’ (Guy Rickards)

Read the review in the Reviews Database

Mahler Symphony No 4

Richter; Bamberg SO / Hrůša

One is conscious that this is a Central European orchestra with a distinctive Czech-German pedigree. Not that Hrůša smooths over the contradictions present in the notation at the outset. The first movement retains an element of out-of-doors indeterminacy, ready to take us along any one of several paths  ...’ (David Gutman)

Read the review in the Reviews Database

Bamberger Symphoniker Playlist

Enjoy recent highlights from the Bamberger Symphoniker in our exclusive Apple Music playlist.

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Listen to all of the Orchestra of the Year playlists on Apple Music: Orchestra of the Year 2021

Vote for the Bamberger Symphoniker

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