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SWR music / SWRclassic

is the label of the Southwest German Broadcasting Company on which recordings of the internationally renowned SWR orchestras and ensembles as well as outstanding archive recordings are released in cooperation with Naxos. The label has established itself on the fiercely contested music market. The numerous awards and prizes awarded to SWR music attest to its success.

The musical spectrum of the label ranges from major orchestral compositions through a cappella works to chamber music and jazz productions, from the Viennese classical composers Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven to contemporary composers such as Luigi Nono, György Kurtag, and Wolfgang Rihm - to name only a few. SWR music presents musical events of the highest order of excellence.

The SWR not only enriches the international discography with his high-quality recordings featuring internationally top-ranked ensembles but also employs the expertise of its music editors and resources of its archives for photographic and textual materials in order to secure the position of SWR music on the world market.

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

  • SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg
    Principal conductor: François-Xavier Roth
  • Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des 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

The SWR is the only German public radio network that presents the activities of its orchestras and ensembles in permanent documentation on CD. These productions are also available as downloads from the respective websites.

» New Releases
SWR19503CD

Hector Berlioz's complete concert overtures, plus that from his early opera Les francs-juges, superbly performed. »

SWR19501CD

Both sets of Antonin Dvo?ák's Slavonic Dances come in an idiomatic and thrilling interpretation. »

SWR19505CD

Here we have a great cross-section of American music: from ragtime pioneer Scott Jopin to Richard Rodgers, the legendary composer of musicals, together with works by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and Aaron Copland. »

SWR19061CD

This 7th installment of the Michael Gielen EDITION contains the most first releases so far. The boxed set presents works from the late romantic and early modern periods, including scenes from operas. Contains the oldest recording of the whole edition. »

SWR19417CD

This is one of the few studio radio recordings Paul Hindemith made. Hindemith’s style of music-making represents a vibrant tradition. Superbly remastered original SWR tapes. »

SWR19507CD

Two of the most enduringly beautiful works by English composers on one album: Gustav Holst’s ever popular orchestral suite The Planets and Elgar’s lyrical Serenade for Strings. »

SWR19504CD

This album gives an interesting overview of Ravel's output, with a mixed programme of works from different periods of his career. »

SWR19506CD

Roger Norrington leads the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR in a profound performance of Franz Schubert’s Ninth Symphony, the “Great” C Major. The programme also includes the overture to Schubert's melodrama Die Zauberharfe. »

SWR19418CD

János Starker was without doubt one of the great cellists of the 20th century. These three impressive 20th-century cello concertos are rarely performed. Another album with legendary performers from the SWR archives. »

SWR19502CD

This special recording of the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart under Georges Prêtre comprises two symphonic poems by Richard Strauss. »

SWR19059CD

Arias by lesser-known 18th-century composers. Contains two movingly performed arias by Alessandro Scarlatti and Georg Friedrich Handel. Superb remasters of original SWR tapes. »