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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.

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SWR19034CD

Mitrofan Petrovich Belaieff was a wealthy Russian wood trader, who was also an excellent violist and the founder of a music publishing house. Beginning in the 1880s he held regular string quartet evenings every Friday, inviting the most popular composers and musicians of St. Petersburg. »

SWR19027CD

In 2013 Florian Uhlig released a recording with French Piano concertos on SWRmusic (CD 93.302) which received excellent critics all over the world and became one of that year’s bestsellers of the label. Florian Uhlig is again accompanied by the German Radio Philharmonic under Pablo Gonzales – a collaboration which already made his first recording of French Piano concertos a huge success. »

SWR19407CD

Only available recording of Sviatoslav Richter playing Gershwin’s Concerto in F. Unique document of Richter’s expansive musical repertoire. Re-Release of a SWRmusic bestseller. »