Staatskapelle Berlin

The Staatskapelle Berlin (German: [ˈʃtaːtskaˌpɛlə bɛɐ̯ˈliːn]) is a German orchestra and the resident orchestra of the Berlin State Opera. Until the fall of the German Empire in 1918 the orchestra's name was "Königliche Kapelle", i.e. Royal Orchestra.

The orchestra traces its roots to 1570, when Joachim II Hector, Elector of Brandenburg established the rules for an orchestra at his court which had been constituted, at an unknown date. In 1701, the affiliation of the Electors of Brandenburg to the position of King of Prussia led to the description of the orchestra as Königlich Preußische Hofkapelle ("Royal Prussian Court Orchestra"), which consisted of about 30 musicians. The orchestra became affiliated with the Royal Court Opera, established in 1742 by Frederick the Great. Noted musicians associated with the orchestra have included Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Franz Benda, and Johann Joachim Quantz

The first concert by the ensemble for a wider audience outside of the royal courts was on 1 March 1783 at the Hotel Paris, led by Johann Friedrich Reichardt, the ensemble's Kapellmeister. After the advent of Giacomo Meyerbeer as Kapellmeister, from 1842, the role of the orchestra expanded and a first annual concert series for subscribers was launched. The orchestra gave a number of world and German premieres of works by Richard Wagner, Felix Mendelssohn, and Otto Nicolai.

The orchestra's music director, the Staatskapellmeister, holds the same post with the Berlin State Opera. The orchestra was in the eastern part of Berlin, and thus was part of East Germany from 1945 to 1990.

The current Staatskapellmeister of the orchestra and the opera has been Daniel Barenboim since 1992. Barenboim has had the title of "conductor for life" for the ensemble since 2000. In July 2013, the orchestra made its first-ever appearances at The Proms, performing the four operas of Der Ring des Nibelungen, the first complete Ring cycle to be given in a single Proms season. In January 2017, the orchestra and Barenboim performed the complete symphonies of Anton Bruckner at Carnegie Hall, the first live Bruckner symphony cycle ever performed in the USA. In July 2017, the orchestra was the first non-UK orchestra to perform the two completed symphonies of Edward Elgar at The Proms in a single season.

Barenboim and the orchestra have made several recordings for the Teldec and Decca labels.

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1935

Roles Represented in DAHR: Musical group

Notes: Often identified as the Berlin State Opera Orchestra on U.S. releases.

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone 0RA475 10-in. 3/21/1935 Häb' ich nur deine Liebe Bruno Seidler-Winkler ; State Opera Orchestra, Berlin, The ; Marcel Wittrisch Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra Musical group  
Gramophone 0RA476 10-in. 3/21/1935 Erblickt auf Felsenhöhen Bruno Seidler-Winkler ; State Opera Orchestra, Berlin, The ; Marcel Wittrisch Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra Musical group  
Gramophone CWR669 10-in. 1/17/1927 The flying Dutchman : Overture (Part 1) Leo Blech ; State Opera Orchestra, Berlin, The Orchestra Musical group  
Gramophone CWR670 10-in. 1/17/1927 The flying Dutchman : Overture (Part 2) Leo Blech ; State Opera Orchestra, Berlin, The Orchestra Musical group  
Gramophone CWR709 12-in. 1/26/1927 An der schönen, blauen Donau Leo Blech ; Staatskapelle Berlin Orchestra Musical group  
Gramophone CWR710 12-in. 1/26/1927 An der schönen, blauen Donau Leo Blech ; Staatskapelle Berlin Orchestra Musical group  
Gramophone CWR824 12-in. 2/28/1927 Light cavalry overture Staatskapelle Berlin Orchestra Musical group  
Gramophone BLR5755 10-in. On or before 4/11/1929 Knusperwalzer Clemens Schmalstich ; State Opera Orchestra, Berlin, The Orchestra Musical group  
Gramophone BLR5756 10-in. On or before 4/11/1929 Suse, liebe Suse Die Duoptisten ; Clemens Schmalstich Vocal duet (soprano and mezzo-soprano), with orchestra Musical group  
Gramophone BLR5757 10-in. On or before 4/11/1929 Brüderchen, komm’ tanz’ mit mir Die Duoptisten ; Clemens Schmalstich Vocal duet (soprano and mezzo-soprano), with orchestra Musical group  
Gramophone BLR5758 10-in. On or before 4/11/1929 Der kleine Sandmann Die Duoptisten ; Clemens Schmalstich Soprano-tenor vocal duet, with orchestra Musical group  
Gramophone BLR5759 10-in. On or before 4/11/1929 Ein Männlein steht im Walde Die Duoptisten ; Clemens Schmalstich Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra Musical group  
Gramophone BLR5760 10-in. 4/11/1929 Hexenritt Clemens Schmalstich ; State Opera Orchestra, Berlin, The Orchestra Musical group  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Staatskapelle Berlin," accessed January 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103300.

Staatskapelle Berlin. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103300.

"Staatskapelle Berlin." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 January 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103300

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