Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra

Director: Arndt Joosten
Schloss Solms
Solms-Straße 1
D-76530 Baden-Baden
Tel.: 0049 (0)7221/932791
Fax: 0049 (0)7221/932794
E-mail: arndt.joosten@baden-baden.de
Website: www.philharmonie.baden-baden.de

 

The Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra

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Early beginnings of a consistent ensemble in Baden-Baden going back to the 15th century, 150 years of all-the-year concerts given as a symphonic orchestra, around 60,000 performances since then, the oldest municipal orchestra in Baden-Württemberg. This is the history of the Philharmonic Orchestra in pure figures.

A detailed look at the history of this orchestra is, however, well worth it. There, Johann Strauss conducted a number of concerts, being, by the way, a great admirer of the Bohemian-style musical culture of the then orchestra, Hector Berlioz had been director of the summer festival for decades, and Richard Wagner enjoyed the soft sound of the wind instruments in French tradition. Jacques Offenbach, Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, Pietro Mascagni, Artur Nikisch, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Bruno Walter, George Szell, Otto Klemperer and many more created highlights in the history of the Philharmonic Orchestra.
Today, its “Golden Books” read like a “Who’s Who?” of the history of music, as the musical world leaders all made their appearance on the historic stages of Baden-Baden, from Franz Liszt via Pablo Casals through to Plácido Domingo.

The ensemble also scores outside Baden-Baden as a competent think tank for special concert events. China, Dubai, Aix-en-Provence, Yalta, Zurich, Lucerne, Frankfurt, Munich.
Brahms conducted the orchestra on several occasions himself, and since then his own works but also compositions by Robert and Clara Schumann have taken pride of place in the programmes of the Philharmonic Orchestra. Particularly the Piano Concerto by Clara, who lived over a decade in Baden-Baden, has resounded again and again in the historic concert halls of Baden-Baden.

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