RIAS Kammerchor Berlin
The RIAS Kammerchor Berlin is one of the most renowned professional chairs in the world. Numerous awards and prizes document the choir's high international reputation: The German Record Critics' Award, the ECHO Klassik, the Gramophone Award, the Choc de l'annee, the Prix Caecilia and the "Nachtigall" honorary prize from the Jury of the German Record Critics' Award.
34 professional singers make up the multinational ensemble, which is known for its outstanding and precise sound. lts repertoire ranges from historically informed interpretations of Renaissance and Baroque music to works from the Classical and Romantic eras, together with regular world premieres.
Since the 2017-18 season, Justin Doyle has been the chief conductor and artistic director of the RIAS Kammerchor Berlin. His Japan debut with the choir took place in autumn of 2018. Since then, three recordings with the choir - Benjamin Britten's Hymn to Cecilia, Joseph Haydn's Missa Ce/lensis, and Handel's Messiah - were released and celebrated by the audience and critics alike. The release of Johannes Brahms' two Liebes/ieder cycles is planned for fall 2022.
With approximately 50 concerts a year on national and international stages, the RIAS Kammerchor is a major cultural ambassador for the country. ln its home city of Berlin, the choir presents ten concerts each season, including the renowned New Year's Day concert at the Philharmonie. The Forum Concerts, in collaboration with the ensemble's Friends Association, explore new concert forms and concepts in unusual locations ail over Berlin. Moreover, the choir performs in collaboration with fellow ROC-ensembles, such as the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Every other year, the RIAS Kammerchor Berlin and Deutscher Musikrat host the final concert of Deutscher Chordirigentenpreis, which concludes a multiannual funding programme for aspiring conductors. As part of the RIAS Kammerchor Studio, four young singers are invited to work closely with the choir each season. Additionally, the RIAS Kammerchor Berlin takes on mentorships for Berlin school chairs as part of its education programme.
Distinguished conductors as Günther Arndt, Uwe Gronostay, Marcus Creed, Daniel Reuss and Hans-Christoph Rademann have shaped the choir, which was founded in 1948 as part of the Rundfunk im amerikanischen Sektor (Radio in the American sector). An enduring and fruitful collaboration binds the choir to the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the Freiburger Barockorchester, as well as conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, René Jacobs, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Ivan Fischer, and Rinaldo Alessandrini.
The RIAS Kammerchor Berlin is an ensemble of the Rundfunk Orchester und Chore gGmbH (ROC). Other partners are Deutschlandradio, the Federal Republic of Germany, the State of Berlin and the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg broadcasting company.
"Singspiel": special box-set The Magic Flute, Die Entführung aus dem Serail (complete recordings)
Brockes-Passion (Hamburg, 1716)
"The Bach Dynasty" : Johann Ludwig, Wilhelm Friedemann, Johann Sebastian, Carl Philipp Emanuele, Johann Christian
Magnificat Wq 215
Missa da Requiem. Miserere in B major
Secular Cantatas BWV 201, 205 & 213
Mass in B minor
St John's Passion (version 1749)
St Matthew Passion
Missa solemnis Op.123
Complete Liebeslieder. Hungariane Dances
Lieder und Gesänge : secular choruses opp. 17, 46, 62, 104
Sacred Choral Music: Missa canonica, Motets
Hymn to St Cecilia. Choral Dances from Gloriana. Five Flower Songs
Sacred and Profane. Hymn to St. Cecilia. With Delius, Elgar, Vaughan Williams
Mass in F minor
Orfeo ed Euridice, opera seria (Vienna, 1762)
Solomon, oratorio (London 1739)
The Creation, oratorio (Vienna, 1799)
Missa Cellensis, Hob.XXII:5
The Seasons, oratorio (Vienna, 1801)
Croesus, opera (Hamburg, 1710)
Motets after Kafka. Five Prayers. Cantata on the Transience of Earthly Things. Choruses after Monteverdi
Le Louvre des musiciens: a musical history of the Palace of the Kings of France
Le Vin herbé, chamber oratorio after Tristan et Iseut (J. Bédier)
Mass for double choir a cappella / Songs of Ariel. With Messiaen : Cinq rechants
Choral Lieder op.41, 48, 59, 88, 100
La clemenza di Tito, opera seria (Vienna 1791)
Don Giovanni, opera (Vienna 1787)
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, singspiel (Vienna 1782)
The Magic Flute, singspiel (Vienna 1791)
Idomeneo, re di Creta. Opera (Munich 1781)
Requiem K 626. Completion Süssmayr Dutron, 2016
A Baroque Christmas : Bach, Charpentier, Corelli, etc.
Astralis. Fragmenta passionnis. Sieben Passions-Texte
"Romantique" / Beethoven. Brahms. Chopin. Schubert. Schumann.
Penitential Psalms. Three Sacred Hymns
Mass in A-flat Major
Scenes from Goethe's Faust, oratorio
"Stille Nacht". German Romantic Carols for a cappella choir
"A Telemann Companion": special box set
Justin Doyle, Conductor
Justin Doyle, Conductor
Updated March 2023