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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
SWR19060CD

This album offers a rare opportunity to experience the extraordinary pianist Samson François in a vibrant live recording. His extravagant, winning style is reflected in his unique interpretation of sonatas by Chopin and Prokofiev, alongside more lyrical works by Mendelssohn and Chopin. »

SWR19515CD

This album contains two major works by Antonin Dvo?ák. Historically informed playing by a modern symphony orchestra. Sir Roger Norrington is among the most renowned conductors of our time. »

SWR19516CD

The exciting chamber version of Orff’s Carmina burana, rarely recorded and performed. The SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart is one of the top choirs worldwide. »

SWR19072CD

Vá?a P?íhoda’s recording of the Dvo?ák Violin Concerto is available here for the first time. One of the greatest violinists of the 20th century in performances of major works for the violin. Remarkable remastering of the original SWR tapes. »

SWR19069CD

Another instalment in SWR Classic's Hans Rosbaud Edition. Contains all the Brahms recordings Rosbaud made for SWR. The recording of Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in December 1962 was Rosbaud's penultimate recording; he died a few days later. »