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The Staatskapelle Berlin is the Orchestra of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin. The Chief conductor is the Generalmusikdirektor of the Berlin Staatsoper; Since the end of 1991 is that Daniel Barenboim.
In the year 1570 became for the first time from the Kurfürstliche Hofkapelle reported, with which the Foundation of the current Orchestra was a fact. With the appointment of the elector of Brandenburg to the ensemble in King of Prussia 1701 was renamed Königliche Kapelle. Up to this time it consisted of about 30 musicians. After a transient transformation into military Orchestra musicians were in 1741 by Frederick II of Prussia with the Orchestra from Rheinsberg merged. This königliche Hofkapelle zu Berlin takes care of the reopening of the Lindenoper in 1742. To date, under the well-known musicians of the then Court Chapel were Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Franz Benda, which was led by Johann Joachim Quantz . On 1 March 1783 gave the Orchestra at the Hotel Paris under court conductor Johann Friedrich Reichardt the first show to a wider audience.
In 1811 , the Berliner Oper and the national theatre and the orchestras that merged. With the new Generalmusikdirektor Giacomo meyerbeer from 1842 were the missions of the Orchestra's concerts in a first annual concert series for broadened and created. In the following years, does the Court Chapel to join several premieres, among other things, led by Richard Wagner, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Otto Nicolai, 1732, he was appointed in 1848 to. In 1908 Richard Strauss was Chief of the Orchestra, which in 1918 of Staatskapelle Hofkapelle was renamed to. In 1923 became Generalmusikdirektor Erich Kleiber , and during the Second World War was principal conductor Herbert von Karajan . Under his leadership is also the first stereo recording place, in the year 1944. From 1964 until the collapse of the GDR in 1989 Otmar Suitnerwas Chief conductor of the Orchestra. On 30 december 1991 Daniel Barenboim gave his first concert as the new Chief conductor of the Orchestra and as Generalmusikdirektor of the Staatsoper.
Nowadays, the Staatskapelle Berlin as one of the leading orchestras of Germany and Europe. It has acquired international recognition during concert tours and also particularly by cyclic performances during the "public holidays" will be shown taking place outstanding since 1996. In addition to Daniel Barenboim is the ensemble frequently by other famous conductors such as Pierre Boulez and Michael Gielen led.
As the Orchestra's specialty is above all the warm, dark, called "German" sound.
To the Orchestra are a series of awards granted in the last years:
- Echo Klassik 2007 (Ensemble/Orchestra by year, category: ' new music '): Mahler, Symphony No 4. 9, with Daniel Barenboim (Warner, 2007).
- Orchestra of the year 2006 (Award from the magazine Opernwelt): Staatskapelle Berlin under Daniel Barenboim
- 2003 Grammy Award (best opera recording): Wagner, Tannhäuser. Daniel Barenboim (conductor), Jane Eaglen, Thomas Hampson, Waltraud Meier, René Pape and others; Choir of the German State opera Berlin.
- Wilhelm Furtwängler-Preis 2003, along with Daniel Barenboim.