The Berlin Radio Chorus, or Rundfunkchor Berlin, is one of contemporary Germany's leading professional choirs. It is associated with the Rundfunkorchester Berlin, or Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. The Rundfunkchor Berlin was founded in 1925, at the same time as the Berlin Radio broadcaster itself. During the pre-World War II period, the group boasted some of the top Central European conductors of the day, including George Szell, Otto Klemperer, and Erich Kleiber. During the Weimar era, the choir was notably progressive, singing world premieres of works by Ernest Krenek, Arthur Honegger, Kurt Weill, and other modern composers. The choir was renamed the Chor des Reichsenders Berlin, or Choir of Berlin Reich Broadcasting, with the ascent of Adolf Hitler to power in 1933, and in 1943 it was temporarily dissolved. The choir was immediately ...
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