Formed as Uve Schikora-Combo by students at the Dresdner Musikhochschule "Carl-Maria von Weber" in 1968. They adopted various variations on the band name, becoming Uve Schikora und seine Gruppe in 1970. Leader Uve and organist Bernd Müller were the only ones remaining from the 1970 line-up when they recorded their debut album Das Gewitter, which is one of the few examples of DDR Krautrock, completely at odds with the vast part of their career as a schlager singer backing band.
An inspiring, authoritative, chronological overview of one of the defining label-orchestra relationships, documenting 100 years of recording between two giants in music, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Deutsche Grammophon, from 1913 to 2013.
The nineteenth century brought various changes to the symphonic form. Although both inspired by Beethoven, Berlioz’s experiments with instrumental colour and orchestral size are a world away from the colossal symphonies of Brahms. Composers such as Mahler and Bruckner pushed the traditional symphonic landscapes to their limits, in sharp contrast to the uplifting Classically-based symphonies of Mendelssohn and Schubert. The nationalistic flavours apparent in the programme symphonies of Schumann, Strauss and Dvořák exemplify the way in which the symphonic form flourished in the Romantic era, whilst the visceral impact of the Gallic panache is typified by the symphonies of Franck and Saint-Saëns.