Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

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Active: 1919 - ; Oslo, Norway
Formed in 1919 from the remnants of the Musikforening Orchestra (co-founded by Edvard Grieg and Johan Svendsen), the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra has advanced into world renown, especially during the long tenure of conductor Mariss Jansons in the 1980s and 1990s. Recordings on the EMI label were important to the orchestra's heightened reputation. Founded through private initiatives and funded by private shareholders, the orchestra drew world-class Read more conductors to Norway during the years of its infancy. Nikisch, Monteux, Weingartner, and Fried were joined by Ravel as guest leaders of the orchestra, as were composer/conductors Hindemith, Nielsen, and Szymanowski. Famous soloists, too, lent their support: Huberman, Kempf, d'Albert, Fischer, and Schnabel. Standards remained high during the 1930s, as musicians such as Stravinsky, Bruno Walter, Fritz Busch, Thomas Beecham, Adrian Boult, and Erich Kleiber led the orchestra. Only a week before the Nazis sailed into Oslo, Wilhelm Furtwängler had been a guest conductor. During WWII, programs were suspended. In 1945, plans were made to build a new performance hall and to increase the number of players to 80. As Norway had been musically isolated during the war, new works of the time had to be absorbed into the O.P.O.'s repertory. In 1953, Oslo was host to the ISCM Festival, which brought more new works to the attention of the Norwegian public and, specifically, to the O.P.O.'s audiences. Through the joint directorship of Herbert Blomstedt and Řivin Fjeldstad in the 1960s, the orchestra began to become known outside Norway: its first tour in 1962 took the ensemble to Amsterdam, Berlin, Frankfort, and Bonn. In 1977, a new venue, the Oslo Concert Hall, opened and during the next several years, ticket sales for the orchestra doubled. The year after the new hall opened, the orchestra toured the United States under the direction of Okko Kamu, winner of the Herbert von Karajan 1969 conducting competition. In 1979, a plan was initiated to add 15 more musicians by 1990. Under Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons, appointed music director in 1979, the O.P.O. expanded in size; toured Germany, Switzerland, and Austria to acclaim in 1985; and gained an important recording contract with EMI. After Jansons resignation in February 2000, a search resulted in the appointment of André Previn as music director beginning in the 2002 -- 2003 season. Read less

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Active: 1919 - ; Oslo, Norway
Formed in 1919 from the remnants of the Musikforening Orchestra (co-founded by Edvard Grieg and Johan Svendsen), the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra has advanced into world renown, especially during the long tenure of conductor Mariss Jansons in the 1980s and 1990s. Recordings on the EMI label were important to the orchestra's heightened reputation. Founded through private initiatives and funded by private shareholders, the orchestra drew world-class Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegretto
II. Moderato
III. Cadenza
IV. Allegro con moto
I. Largo ?
II. Scherzo: Allegretto ?
III. Finale: Allegretto
I. Allegro molto appassionato
II. Andante
III. Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77: I. Nocturne. Moderato
II. Scherzo. Allegro non troppo
III. Passacaglia. Andante
Cadenza
IV. Burlesque. Allegro con brio
Cello Concerto in B minor B191 (Op. 104): I. Allegro
Cello Concerto in B minor B191 (Op. 104): II. Adagio ma non troppo
Cello Concerto in B minor B191 (Op. 104): III. Finale (Allegro moderato)
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 96: I - Moderato quasi andante
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 96: Moderato semplice
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 96: Variation I - Tempo della thema
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 96: Variation II - Tempo della thema
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 96: Variation III - Andante sostenuto
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 96: Variation IV - Andante grazioso
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 96: Variation V - Allegro moderato
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 96: Variation VI - Andante
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 96: Variation VII & Coda - Allegro vivo
Symphony No. 5 in F Major, B.54: I. Allegro, ma non troppo
Symphony No. 5 in F Major, B.54: II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 5 in F Major, B.54: III. Andante con moto, quasi l'istesso tempo - Allegro scherzando
Symphony No. 5 in F Major, B.54: IV. Allegro molto
Symphony No. 8 in G, B.163: I. Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 8 in G, B.163: II. Adagio
Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, B.178 'From the New World': I. Adagio - Allegro molto
Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, B.178 'From the New World': II. Largo
Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, B.178 'From the New World': III. Scherzo (Molto vivace)
Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, B.178 'From the New World': IV. Allegro con fuoco
I. Cut Up
II. A Soothing Interlude
III. Another Set To
Cello Concerto in B minor B191 (Op. 104): I. Allegro
Cello Concerto in B minor B191 (Op. 104): II. Adagio ma non troppo
Cello Concerto in B minor B191 (Op. 104): III. Finale (Allegro moderato)
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 96: I - Moderato quasi andante
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 96: Moderato semplice
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 96: Variation I - Tempo della thema
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 96: Variation II - Tempo della thema
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 96: Variation III - Andante sostenuto
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 96: Variation IV - Andante grazioso
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 96: Variation V - Allegro moderato
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 96: Variation VI - Andante
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 96: Variation VII & Coda - Allegro vivo
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
Pictures at an Exhibition: The gnome
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
Pictures at an Exhibition: The old castle
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
Pictures at an Exhibition: Tuileries
Pictures at an Exhibition: Bydlo
Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade
Pictures at an Exhibition: Ballet of the unhatched chicks
Pictures at an Exhibition: Two old Jews
Pictures at an Exhibition: Market Place at Limoges
Pictures at an Exhibition: Catacombe
Pictures at an Exhibition: Con mortuis in lingua mortua
Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 9 The Hut on Fowls' Legs (Baba Yaga)
Pictures at an Exhibition: No. 10 The Great Gate at Kiev
I. Andante maestoso
II. Adagio cantabile
III. -
IV. Piu vivo
V. Poco piu lento
VI. Moderato molto con fuoco
VII. Cadenza accompagnata
Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, B.141: I. Allegro maestoso
Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, B.141: II. Poco adagio
Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, B.141: III. Scherzo (Vivace)
Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, B.141: IV. Allegro
Symphony No. 8 in G, B.163: I. Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 8 in G, B.163: II. Adagio
Symphony No. 8 in G, B.163: III. Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivace
Symphony No. 8 in G, B.163: IV. Allegro, ma non troppo
Symphony No.1 in D Op. 4: I. Molto allegro
Symphony No.1 in D Op. 4: II, Andante
Symphony No.1 in D Op. 4: III. Allegro scherzando
Symphony No.1 in D Op. 4: IV. Finale (Maestoso -
Symphony No.1 in D Op. 4: Allegro assai con fuoco)
Symphony No.2 in B flat Op. 15: I. Allegro
Symphony No.2 in B flat Op. 15: II. Andante sostenuto
Symphony No.2 in B flat Op. 15: III. Intermezzo (Allegro giusto)
Symphony No.2 in B flat Op. 15: IV. Finale (Andante -
Symphony No.2 in B flat Op. 15: Allegro con fuoco)
Concerto for Orchestra Sz116: I. Introduzione (Andante non troppo - Allegro vivace)
Concerto for Orchestra Sz116: II. Gluoco delle coppie (Allegretto scherzando)
Concerto for Orchestra Sz116: III. Elegia (Andante non troppo)
Concerto for Orchestra Sz116: IV. Intermezzo interrotto (Allegretto)
Concerto for Orchestra Sz116: V. Finale (Pesante - Presto)
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta Sz106: I. Andante tranquillo
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta Sz106: II. Allegro
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta Sz106: III. Adagio
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta Sz106: IV. Allegro molto
Symphony No. 5 in F major B54 (Op. 76): I. Allegro, ma non troppo
Symphony No. 5 in F major B54 (Op. 76): II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 5 in F major B54 (Op. 76): III. Andante con moto, quasi l'istesso tempo - Allegro scherzando
Symphony No. 5 in F major B54 (Op. 76): IV. Allegro molto
Romeo and Juliet - Suites Nos. 1 and 2 Op. 64: Folk Dance
Romeo and Juliet - Suites Nos. 1 and 2 Op. 64: Scene
Romeo and Juliet - Suites Nos. 1 and 2 Op. 64: Madrigal
Romeo and Juliet - Suites Nos. 1 and 2 Op. 64: Minuet
Romeo and Juliet - Suites Nos. 1 and 2 Op. 64: Masks
Romeo and Juliet - Suites Nos. 1 and 2 Op. 64: Balcony Scene
Romeo and Juliet - Suites Nos. 1 and 2 Op. 64: Tybalt's Death
Romeo and Juliet - Suites Nos. 1 and 2 Op. 64: Montagues and Capulets
Romeo and Juliet - Suites Nos. 1 and 2 Op. 64: Juliet, the Young Girl
Romeo and Juliet - Suites Nos. 1 and 2 Op. 64: Friar Laurence
Romeo and Juliet - Suites Nos. 1 and 2 Op. 64: Dance
Romeo and Juliet - Suites Nos. 1 and 2 Op. 64: Romeo and Juliet before Parting
Romeo and Juliet - Suites Nos. 1 and 2 Op. 64: Dance of the maids with lilies
Romeo and Juliet - Suites Nos. 1 and 2 Op. 64: Romeo at Juliet's Tomb
Symphony No. 2 in D H153: I. Molto moderato - Allegro
Symphony No. 2 in D H153: II. Adagio mesto
Symphony No. 2 in D H153: III. Vivace non troppo - Presto
Cello Concerto in B minor B191 (Op. 104): I. Allegro
Cello Concerto in B minor B191 (Op. 104): II. Adagio ma non troppo
Cello Concerto in B minor B191 (Op. 104): III. Finale (Allegro moderato)
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 96: I - Moderato quasi andante
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 96: Moderato semplice
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 96: Variation I - Tempo della thema
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 96: Variation II - Tempo della thema
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 96: Variation III - Andante sostenuto
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 96: Variation IV - Andante grazioso
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 96: Variation V - Allegro moderato
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 96: Variation VI - Andante
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 96: Variation VII & Coda - Allegro vivo
Le Sacre du printemps, Premičre Partie: L'Adoration de la terre: Introduction
Le Sacre du printemps, Premičre Partie: L'Adoration de la terre: Danses des adolescentes
Le Sacre du printemps, Premičre Partie: L'Adoration de la terre: Jeu de rapt
Le Sacre du printemps, Premičre Partie: L'Adoration de la terre: Rondes printaničres
Le Sacre du printemps, Premičre Partie: L'Adoration de la terre: Jeux des cités rivales
Le Sacre du printemps, Premičre Partie: L'Adoration de la terre: Cortčge du Sage
Le Sacre du printemps, Premičre Partie: L'Adoration de la terre: Adoration de la terre (Le Sage)
Le Sacre du printemps, Premičre Partie: L'Adoration de la terre: Danse de la terre
Le Sacre du printemps, Seconde Partie: Le Sacrifice: Introduction
Le Sacre du printemps, Seconde Partie: Le Sacrifice: Cercles mysterieux des adolescentes
Le Sacre du printemps, Seconde Partie: Le Sacrifice: Glorification de l'Élue
Le Sacre du printemps, Seconde Partie: Le Sacrifice: Evocation des ancętres
Le Sacre du printemps, Seconde Partie: Le Sacrifice: Action rituelle des ancętres
Le Sacre du printemps, Seconde Partie: Le Sacrifice: Danse sacrale (L'Élue)
Petrushka - Scčnes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Premier tableau: Fęte populaire de la semaine grasse
Petrushka - Scčnes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Premier tableau: Le tour dr passe-passe - Danse russe
Petrushka - Scčnes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Deuxičme tableau: Petrushka
Petrushka - Scčnes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Troisičme tableau: Chez le maure - Danse de la ballerine
Petrushka - Scčnes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Troisičme tableau: Valse (La ballerine et le maure)
Petrushka - Scčnes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Quartričme tableau: Fęte populaire de la semaine grasse
Petrushka - Scčnes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Quartričme tableau: Danses des nounous
Petrushka - Scčnes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Quartričme tableau: Paysan et l'ours
Petrushka - Scčnes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Quartričme tableau: Bohémien et marchand malhonnęte
Petrushka - Scčnes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Quartričme tableau: Danse des cochers et des palfreniers
Petrushka - Scčnes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Quartričme tableau: Les déguisés
Petrushka - Scčnes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Quartričme tableau: Le rixe: Le maure et Petrushka) -
Petrushka - Scčnes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Quartričme tableau: Mort de Petrushka
Petrushka - Scčnes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Quartričme tableau: Police et l'enchanteur
Petrushka - Scčnes burlesques en quatre tableaux, Quartričme tableau: Vocifération du double de Petrushka
Tristan und Isolde: Prelude (Act I)
Tristan und Isolde: Mild und leise wie er lächelt (Liebestod) (Act III)
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 Op. 30: I. Allegro ma non tanto
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 Op. 30: II. Intermezzo (Adagio)
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 Op. 30: III. Finale (Alla breve)
I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo
II. Andante marziale, quasi moderato
III. Scherzo and Trio: Allegro molto vivace
IV. Finale: Moderato assai - Allegro vivo
I. Moderato assai [Tempo di marcia funebre] - Allegro brillante
II. Alla tedesca: Allegro moderato e semplice
III. Andante elegiaco
IV. Scherzo: Allegro vivo
V. Finale: Allegro con fuoco - Tempo di polacca
I. Allegro tranquillo (Dreams of a Winter Journey)
II. Adagio cantabile ma non tanto (Land of Desolation, Land of mists)
III. Scherzo: Allegro scherzando giocoso
IV. Finale: Andante lugubre - Allegro maestoso
I. Andante - Allegro con anima
II. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza
III. Allegro moderato
IV. Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace
I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima
II. Andantino in modo di canzona
III. Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato
IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco


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