English Chamber Orchestra

Composers

Biography

Active: 1948 - ; England
Considered one of the most distinguished chamber orchestras in the world, the English Chamber Orchestra was formed in 1948 by Arnold Goldsborough for the purpose of performing Baroque music. Similar in musical philosophy and organization to the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the ensemble is financially self-supporting and has no permanent home venue. The orchestra presents an annual concert series in London and also tours internationally. Read more Over its history, the ensemble has expanded its repertoire to include a wide range of chamber music from various musical periods and is flexible in size, ranging from 24 to 38 musicians.

Originally named the Goldsborough Orchestra, the ensemble changed its name to the English Chamber Orchestra (ECO) in 1960 in accordance with the needs of the group's growing reputation. At the same time, The English Chamber Orchestra and Music Society was formed as the promotion arm of the organization.

Like many other chamber orchestras, the ECO employs no full-time musicians but hires its players on a contract basis. This allows the orchestra to be flexible in size and structure according to the needs of its repertoire and concert venues and also gives the musicians the opportunity to work in a variety of other situations. The freedom this provides is key to the fresh approach this orchestra takes in its performances through its use of a system of co-principal groupings of players. Under this system, two principal players share each chair and are contracted to play a set number of performances in a given season.

The ECO has performed for numerous important occasions including a command performance before Queen Elizabeth II at the Queen Elizabeth Hall inaugural concert in 1967. Other performances of note are the first color television recording of music for the BBC and the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales in 1981. The ensemble has been associated with the music of Benjamin Britten since it became resident orchestra at the Aldeburgh Festival in 1961.

Until 1985, the orchestra chose to work without a principal conductor, instead inviting a series of talented guest artists to lead the ensemble. The ECO has a reputation for giving young conductors important opportunities. Among those who have benefited from this policy are Sir Colin Davis, Daniel Barenboim, and Pinchas Zukerman. During the orchestra's Silver Anniversary celebration in 1985, it was announced that Jeffrey Tate had been chosen to fill the newly created position of principal conductor, and in 2000 he was succeeded by Ralf Gothóni.

Tremendously versatile and musically polished, the English Chamber Orchestra is fully deserving of its reputation as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. Read less
Lambert: Pomona, Music For Orchestra, Etc / Del Mar, Wordsworth, Joly
Release Date: 11/13/2007   Label: Lyrita  
Catalog: 215   Number of Discs: 1
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Maw: Sinfonia; Gardner, Addison, Dodgson / Del Mar, English CO, Philip Jones Ensemble
Release Date: 08/12/2008   Label: Lyrita  
Catalog: 307   Number of Discs: 1
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Martucci: La Canzone Dei Ricordi; Respighi / Madalin, English Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 10/13/2009   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55049   Number of Discs: 1
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Composers

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Biography

Active: 1948 - ; England
Considered one of the most distinguished chamber orchestras in the world, the English Chamber Orchestra was formed in 1948 by Arnold Goldsborough for the purpose of performing Baroque music. Similar in musical philosophy and organization to the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the ensemble is financially self-supporting and has no permanent home venue. The orchestra presents an annual concert series in London and also tours internationally. Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1: Allegro
2: Andante
3: Allegro
1: Allegro molto
2: Largo
3: Allegro
1: Allegro
2: Largo
3: Allegro
1: Allegro
2: Largo
3: Allegro
1: Allegro
2: Largo
3: Allegro
1: Allegro non molto
2: Largo
3: Allegro
1: Allegro
2: Largo
3: Allegro
1: Allegro
2: Largo
3: Allegro
1: Allegro
2: Largo
3: Allegro molto
1: Allegro
2: Largo
3: Allegro
1: Allegro
2: Largo
3: Allegro
1: Allegro
2: Larghetto
3: Allegro
1: Allegro non molto
2: Largo
3: Allegro
1: Allegro non molto
2: Andante molto
3: Allegro
1: Allegro
2: Larghetto
3: Allegro molto
1: Allegro
2: Largo
3: Allegro
1. Largo - Andante molto
2. I Fantasmi (Presto)
3. Il Sonno (Andante molto)
4. Sorge l'Aurora (Allegro)
1. Allegro
2. Largo
3. Allegro
1. Allegro spiritoso
2. Andantino grazioso
3. Tempo di menuetto (Vivace)
Marche pour le combat
Premier air pour les combattants
Deuxičme air pour les combattants - Marche (reprise)
Le sommeil
Entrée des songes agréables
Entrée des songes funestes
Gavotte en rondeau et air pour la suite de Flore
Chaconne
Prélude
Ouverture
Trio pour les habitants de l'isle enchantée
Air de trompette
Air pour les jeunes gens
Entrée de Polyphčme et de sa suite
Air pour le printemps
Air ŕ danser
Petit air gay et Bourrée pour les egyptiens
Gavotte en rondeau pour Triton
Trio des hautbois
Marche des sacrificateurs et des combattants
Marche des Masques Galantes
Air
La Forlana
Menuet
Premier Air pour les Espagnols
Sarabande
Louré
Rigaudon I & II
Passepied I & II
Air (Gavotte en Rondeau)
Prelude
Air en Rondeau
"Sire, Lord and Master"
"Jesus Went With His Disciples"
"O generous Love!"
"So That the Word Might Be Fulfilled"
"Thy Will Be Done, O God Of Love"
"The Band Then, Together With the Captain"
"To Release Me From the Prison"
"Simon Peter Also Followed Jesus From Afar"
"I'll Follow Thee Also"
"Now That Same Disciple Was Known Unto the High Priest"
"Ah, Who Would Dare To Smite Thee?"
"Now Annas Sent Him Bound Unto the High Priest"
"Ah! Take Flight"
"Peter, Who Denied His Lord"
"Christ, Who Gave Us Life and Light"
"Then Led They Jesus From Caiaphas To the Judgement"
"Ah, King Of Heaven"
"And Pilate Said Unto Him"
"Look Yonder, O My Soul"
"Consider, How His Body"
"And When the Soldiers Had Plaited a Crown Of Thorns"
"Thy Bonds, O Christ, Have Set Us Free"
"But the Jews Cried Out and Said"
"Haste, Ye Souls Forlorn and Weary"
"And There Crucified They Him"
"Within My Heart, O Saviour"
"And Then Did the Soldiers"
"When His Life Had Reached Its End"
"And From That Hour He Took Her Unto His Own Home"
"The End Is Nigh"
"My Dearest Saviour, Wilt Thou Answer?"
"And Then Behold, the Veil Of the Temple Was Rent"
"My Heart, Behold How All the World"
"With Torrents Of Weeping"
"The Jews Therefore, Because It Was the Preparation"
"Help Us, Son Of God Most High"
"And After This, Joseph Of Arimethea"
"Farewell, O Weary, Broken Body"
"Lord Jesus, When We Come To Die"
1. "Süßer Trost, mein Jesu kommt"
2. "Erfreue dich, mein Herz"
3. "In Jesu Demut kann ich Trost"
4."Du teurer Gottessohn, nun hast du mir den Himmel aufgemacht"
5. "Heut' schleusst er wieder auf die Tür"
1. "Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben"
2. "Wo ist das Ebenbild"
3. "Weh, der Seele"
4. "Verachtest du den Reichtum seiner Gnade"
5. "Erschrekke doch"
6. "Beim Warten ist Gefahr"
7. "Heut' lebst du, heut' bekehre dich"
1. (Allegro)
2. Adagio
3. Allegro
4. Menuetto: Trio I
5. Polacca; Trio II
1. (Allegro)
2. Andante
3. Allegro assai
1. (Allegro)
3. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Presto
1. Allegro
2. Affetuoso
3. Allegro
1. --
2. Adagio ma non tanto
3. Allegro
Symphony
"Now the Night Is Chas'd Away"
"Let the Fifes and the Clarions....Dance"
"When a Cruel Long Winter"
"Hail! Great Parent Of Us All"
"Thus the Ever Grateful Spring"
"See, My Many-Coloured Fields"
"Next, Winter Comes Slowly, Pale"
"Hail! Great Parent Of Us All" (Reprise)
Prelude..."Come, All Ye Songsters Of the Sky"
"The Songsters...May the God Of Wit Inspire"
"Echo...Now Join Your Warbling Voices All"
"Fill Up the Bowl"
"See, Even Night Herself Is Here"
"I Am Come To Lock All Fast"
"One Charming Night"
"Hush, No More"
Dance For the Followers Of Night
Overture
"If Love's a Sweet Passion...I Press Her Hand"
"O Let Me Weep, For Ever Weep"
"Now the Maids and the Men Are Making Of Hay"
A Dance Of Haymakers
"A Thousand, Thousand Ways"
Hornpipe and Rondeau
Symphony
"Hark! Hark the Echoing Air"
"Sure the Dull God Of Marriage"
"See, I Obey"
"Turn Then Thine Eyes"
"My Torch Indeed...They Shall Be As Happy"
Chaconne
"They Shall Be As Happy"
Symphony - Canzona
"Celebrate This Festival"
"Britain Now Thy Cares Beguile"
"Celebrate This Festival"
"'Tis Sacred, Bid The Trumpet Cease"
"Let Sullen Discord Smile"
"Crown The Altar, Deck The Shrine"
"Expected Spring At Last Is Come"
"April Who Till Now Has Mourn'd"
"Departing Thus You'll Hear Him Say"
"Happy Realm Beyond Expressing"
"While For a Righteous Cause He Arms"
"Return Fond Muse, The Thoughts Of War"
"Kindly Treat Maria's Day"
1. Allegro assai
2. Adagio
3. Menuet (Allegretto)
4. Finale (Presto - Adagio)
1. Allegro di molto
2. Adagio, ma semplicemente
3. Menuetto - Trio
4. Finale (Presto)
1. Moderato
2. Adagio
3. Finale (Allegro molto)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Andante
3. Menuetto
4. Allegro
1. Marcia (Maestoso)
2. Menuetto - Trio
3. Rondeau (Allegretto - Adagio - Allegro)
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante
3. Menuetto
4. Allegro con spirito
1. Molto allegro
2. Andante
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
4. Finale (Allegro assai)
1. Adagio - Allegro
2. Andante
3. Finale (Presto)
1. Allegro vivace
2. Andante cantabile
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
4. Molto allegro
1. Adagio - Allegro
2. Andante con moto
3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
4. Finale (Allegro)
1. Allegro
2. Romance
3. Rondo (Allegro assai)
1. Allegro
2. Larghetto
3. Allegro
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante con moto
Lento, ma non troppo
Gaily, but not too quick
Overture
"From Harmony, From Heav'nly Harmony...When Nature Underneath A Heap"
" From Harmony, From Heav'nly Harmony"
"What Passion Cannot Music Raise And Quell"
"The Trumpet's Loud Clangour"
March
"But Bright Cecilia"
"As From Pow'r Of Sacred Lays"
1. Molto allegro
2. Andante
3. Menuetto (Allegretto) - Trio
1. Moderato cantabile
2. Vivace
3. Ciacona
(versuch über schweine) "deine versuche sind"
langer exkurs für entenlockflöte "einmal hieß es von ihm"
abschiedsformeln "es ist nicht strafbar"
feststellung "besser ist es"
müder anlauf und vorläufiges ende "der verstorbene naive"
Britten: Simple Symphony, Op.4 - 1. Boisterous Bourrée
Britten: Simple Symphony, Op.4 - 2. Playful Pizzicato
Britten: Simple Symphony, Op.4 - 3. Sentimental Saraband
Britten: Simple Symphony, Op.4 - 4. Frolicsome Finale
Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 - 1. Introduction & Theme
Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 - 2. Adagio
Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 - 3. March
Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 - 4. Romance
Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 - 5. Aria Italiana
Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 - 6. Bourrée Classique
Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 - 7. Wiener Waltzer
Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 - 8. Moto Perpetuo
Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 - 9. Funeral March
Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 - 10. Chant
Britten: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10 - 11. Fugue & Finale
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - I. Fanfare
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - II. Villes
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - IIIa. Phrase
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - IIIb. Antique
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - IV. Royauté
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - V. Marine
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - VI. Interlude
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - VII. Being beauteous
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - VIII. Parade
Britten: Les Illuminations, Op.18 - IX. Départ
The Company of Heaven, Part One: Chaos
The Company of Heaven, Part One: The Morning Stars
The Company of Heaven, Part Two: Angels appear to Jacob, Elisha and Mary
The Company of Heaven, Part Two: Christ, the fair glory
The Company of Heaven, Part Two: War in the heaven
The Company of Heaven, Part Three: Heaven is here
The Company of Heaven, Part Three: A thousand, thousand gleaming fires
The Company of Heaven, Part Three: Funeral march for a Boy
The Company of Heaven, Part Three: Whoso dwelleth under the defence of the most High
The Company of Heaven, Part Three: There came out also at this time
The Company of Heaven, Part Three: Ye watchers and ye holy ones
I. Introduction - Cadenza for Harpsichord
II. Allegro scherzando - Adagio - Presto - Cadenzas for Piano
III. Coda
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "Flor-ence! Tell The Midwife!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "Doctor Jessop's Midwife"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "I Hope We're Not Too Early, Florence?"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "Stuffy!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "Now Then! Notebook, Florence!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "The First Suggestion On My List"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "Is This All You Can Bring?"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "Beggin' Your Pardon"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "Right! We'll Have Him!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - Interlude
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "Bounce Me High"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "Shop! Hi! Albert!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "Tickling A Trout"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "Meet Me At A Quarter Past Eight"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "He's Much Too Busy"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "Good Morning, Young Man"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 1 - "We Bring Great News To You"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "Isn't He Here?"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "For Three Precious Weeks"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "Quickly! Quickly, Come Along!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "Here They Are, Dears!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "My Flowers Are Few"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "I'm Full Of Happiness"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "As Representing The Local Council"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "My Heart Leaps Up With Joy"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "Er-humph! Er-humph! I'm No Great Shakes"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "Well Tried, Albert!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - Interlude
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "Albert The Good!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "You Oughtn't To Whistle!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 2 - "Heaven Helps Those Who Help Themselves!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3 - Introduction
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3 - "Is She Asleep?"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3 - "I'm Hungry, I'm Tired"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3 - "Give Me A Decent Murder With A Corpse!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3 - "Have You Found Him?"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3 - "Fools! Fools! Blundering Fools!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3 - "In The Midst Of Life Is Death"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3 - "Albert!"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3 - "I'm Sorry About That"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3 - "I Can't Remember Everything"
Britten: Albert Herring, Op.39 / Act 3 - "Albert's Come Back To Stay"
Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042 (1986 Remastered Version): I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042 (1986 Remastered Version): II. Adagio
Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042 (1986 Remastered Version): III. Allegro assai
Haydn: Cello Concerto in C, H.VIIb, No.1 - 1. Moderato
Haydn: Cello Concerto in C, H.VIIb, No.1 - 2. Adagio
Haydn: Cello Concerto in C, H.VIIb, No.1 - 3. Finale (Allegro molto)
Britten: Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op.68 - Allegro maestoso
Britten: Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op.68 - Presto inquieto
Britten: Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op.68 - Adagio
Britten: Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op.68 - Passacaglia
Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op.26: I. Vorspiel (Allegro moderato) -
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor Op. 26: II. Adagio
Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op.26: III. Finale (Allegro energico)
Symphony No. 41 in C, K.551 'Jupiter' (1991 - Remaster): I. Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 41 in C, K.551 'Jupiter' (1991 - Remaster): II. Andante cantabile
Symphony No. 41 in C, K.551 'Jupiter' (1991 - Remaster): III. Minuet (Allegretto)
Symphony No. 41 in C, K.551 'Jupiter' (1991 - Remaster): IV. Molto allegro


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