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Guide to the WDR Sinfonieorchester

The WDR Symphony Orchestra is one of Germany's most renowned orchestras. Based in Cologne, it shapes the musical landscape of North Rhine-Westphalia in a special way: through its concert series in the Cologne Philharmonic, through partnerships with the major concert halls and festivals in the region, with concert broadcasts on television, radio and livestream, as well as with its digital projects.

International tours and the growing number of award-winning CD productions are attracting a great deal of attention both nationally and internationally. With diverse projects for children and teenagers, as well as school concerts throughout North Rhine-Westphalia, the WDR Sinfonieorchester makes an important contribution to cultural education.

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BarcelonaWDR Symphony Orchestra: Strauss Don Quixote

WDR Symphony Orchestra: Strauss Don Quixote
Strauss R.: Don Quixote, Op.35
WDR Symphony Orchestra; Cristian Măcelaru; Pinchas Zukerman; Amanda Forsyth
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Jukka-Pekka Saraste lacks romanticism with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln at Salle Pleyel

Romanticism found both its source and its end at Salle Pleyel on Tuesday night: Beethoven’s Egmont overture, incidental music for a heroic drama written by Goethe, and his Fifth Symphony, where it has been said that “Fate knocks at the door” – both works composed before 1810 – and Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs, created in 1948, when the last notes of Romanticism in music history were dying slow
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WDR Symphonieorchester Köln takes a gamble on young talent, but Kazuki Yamada delivers

The WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln put its fate in the hands of the younger generation for this evening’s concert. Conductor Kazuki Yamada is only 34. The original violin soloist was to have been Lisa Batiashvili, but she pulled out and was replaced by the 22-year-old Serge Zimmermann.
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Virtuose Verschmelzung: Ray Chen mit dem WDR Sinfonieorchester

Ray Chen © Sophie Zhai
Unter der souveränen Leitung von Tung-Chieh Chuang spielte das Orchester symphonische Werke, die zwar als zeitgenössische Erfolge etabliert sind, aber zu selten in westlichen Konzerthallen zu hören sind. 
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