Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra

Biography

Active: 1969 - ; Berlin, Germany
The Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra is among the more highly regarded German chamber ensembles. As the name suggests, they play many works by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, as well as contemporaries of this J.S. Bach offspring. But over the years the ensemble expanded into Classical, Romantic, and finally twentieth century repertory, taking on works by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Richard Strauss, Shostakovich, and a Read more score of other composers from various periods. The ensemble consists of about 25 musicians, most of whom are drawn from the more prominent orchestras in Berlin. The CPEBCO has been led for more than a quarter century by Dresden-born conductor Hartmut Haenchen. It performs five concerts per year, which are split between two locations -- the Chamber Music Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Great Hall of the Berlin Concert House. The CPEBCO also occasionally tours Germany, other parts of Europe, and the Far East. Unlike many German and European orchestras, it receives no government funding and is completely self-sustaining. The CPEBCO has made more than 50 recordings in its four-decades-plus existence, with many of them available on Sony, Philips, Decca, Berlin Classics, Laser Light, and EuroArts.

The Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra was formed in 1969 and remained a rather obscure ensemble for more than a decade. In 1982 Hartmut Haenchen was appointed its artistic director, and he then ushered in radical changes: previously the ensemble was mainly devoted to modern music, but Haenchen geared its focus toward early- and pre-Classical music.

More modern repertory was phased in over the years and the ensemble soon began making regular appearances on radio and television. It also managed to attract some of the finest instrumentalists and singers, from iconic pianist Sviatoslav Richter and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter to famed baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and tenor Peter Schreier.

Though Haenchen has served in several other prestigious posts over the years, including music director of the Amsterdam-based Netherlands Opera and Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, he has remained CPEBCO's artistic director. From around 1985 he launched a series of acclaimed recordings (now available on Berlin Classics) of the C.P.E. Bach sinfonias and other works.

Among the CPEBCO's later recordings is the 2007 EuroArts DVD of Mozart's Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter). The recording not only features a highly praised account of the Mozart masterwork, but an incisive analysis of it by Haenchen. Read less
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    Horn Concertos
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95412 Release Date: 04/21/2017   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Christoph Forster,  Anonymous,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Damm,  Matthias Eisenberg,  Matthias Pfaender,  Manfred Pernutz  ... 
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen,  Siegfried Kurz,  Eduard Melkus,  Ruben Gazarian  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra,  Staatskapelle Dresden,  Capella Sagittariana Dresden  ... 
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    Discover Mozart
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300689 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Evelyn Lear,  Thomas Steward,  Annerose Schmidt  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Hartmut Haenchen,  Heinz Fricke,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra,  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    C. P. E. Bach: Hamburg Symphonies / Haenchen
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94821 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra
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    C. P. E. Bach: Magnificat / Haenchen, Bar, Schreier, Bornemann
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94776 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Venceslava Hruba-Freiberger,  Barbara Bornemann,  Peter Schreier,  Olaf Bär
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
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    Mozart: Sinfonien 39, 40, 41  / Haenchen, Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Bach
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300587 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra
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  • 6.
    Mozart: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 1116167 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Margaret Urquhart,  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Marten Boeken,  Remy Baudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden,  Paul Freeman,  János Ferencsik,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Academy,  Musica Amphion,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    C. P. E. Bach: Die Letzten Leiden Des Erlosers / Haenchen, Trekel, Schafer, Schuring, Elster
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 60808 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Anette Elster,  Ellen Schuring,  Roman Trekel,  Christine Schäfer  ... 
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra,  Halle Madrigalists Choir
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    W. F. Bach: Sinfonias / Haenchen, C. P. E. Bach Kammerorchester
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94690 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra
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    C.P.E. Bach: Die Letzten Leiden Des Erlosers
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300575 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Roman Trekel,  Maximilian Schmitt,  Anke Vondung,  Christiane Oelze  ... 
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus
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    C.P.E. Bach Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94640 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Anna Starr,  Joaquim Guerra Codina,  Machiko Takahashi,  Eckart Haupt  ... 
    Conductor:  Didier Talpain,  Hartmut Haenchen,  Jörn Boysen,  Roland Kieft  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solamente Naturali,  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra,  Musica Poetica  ... 
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    Bach: The Great Choral Masterpieces [12-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001915502 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Robert Holl,  Peter Schreier,  Marjana Lipovsek,  Andrea Ihle  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Ludwig Güttler Trumpet Ensemble  ... 
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    Heinichen: La gara degli dei / Haenchen, CPE Bach Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300544 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann David Heinichen
    Performer:  Olaf Bär,  Ralph Eschrig,  Katharina Kammerloher,  Alexandra Coku  ... 
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra
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    Flotenkonzerte Aus Sanssouci / Gallois, Schreier
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001818702 Release Date: 04/02/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Joachim Quantz,  Franz Benda,  Frederick the Great,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Klaus Kirbach,  Patrick Gallois,  Karl-Heinz Schröter,  Harald Winkler
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra
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  • 14.
    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos; Triple Concertos / Schreier, CPE Bach Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802075 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Maurice Bourgue,  Håkan Hardenberger,  Irena Grafenauer,  Simon Preston
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra
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    C. P  E. Bach: Organ Concertos / Kirbach, Munch, Haenchen
    Label: Phoenix Edition   Catalog: 450 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Klaus Kirbach,  Roland Münch
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra
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    C.p.e. Bach: Flute Concertos
    Label: Phoenix Edition   Catalog: 446 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Eckart Haupt
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra
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    Bach: Magnificat; Masses Bwv 233-236 / Schreier, Bonney, Remmert, Trost, Bar
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802057 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Birgit Remmert,  Barbara Bonney,  Rainer Trost,  Olaf Bär
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra
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    Konzert Am Preussischen Hof - Benda, Bach, Graun / Haenchen
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 410402 Release Date: 11/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Georg Anton Benda,  Carl Heinrich Graun,  Johann Gottlieb Graun
    Performer:  Christine Schornsheim,  Klaus Kirbach,  Erich Krüger,  Thorsten Rosenbusch  ... 
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra
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    Immortal Romance: Tunes Of Timeless Passion From Bach To Rachmaninov
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300104 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Léon Boëllmann,  Max Reger,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  George Enescu  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Pohl,  Dieter Zechlin,  Günter Kootz,  Jan Vogler  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinz Bongartz,  Heinz Rögner,  Gerhart Wiesenhütter,  Herbert Kegel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    Handel: Opera Arias; Sacred Arias; Italian Cantatas / Jochen Kowalski
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 7061 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Siegfried Pank,  Jochen Kowalski,  Karl-Heinz Passin,  Christine Schornsheim  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Hartmut Haenchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra
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    Locatelli: Concerti Grossi, Op 7 / Hartmut Haenchen, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 115072 Release Date: 07/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Antonio Locatelli
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra
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    Reference Gold - Haydn: Symphonies No 60, 94 & 103 / Haenchen, C.p.e. Bach Co
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 115172 Release Date: 07/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra
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    Reference Gold - W.f. Bach: Das Orchesterwerk / Hartmut Haenchen
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 115012 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra
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    Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Salve Regina / Kowalski, Haenchen
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 115112 Release Date: 01/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Giovanni Palestrina
    Performer:  Jochen Kowalski,  Raphael Alpermann,  Dennis Naseband
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Classical Evergreens
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 182802 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Claude Debussy,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Ion Voicu,  Karl Suske,  Walter Olbertz,  Jürnjakob Timm  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinz Bongartz,  Robert Hanell,  Otmar Suitner,  Heinz Rögner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Deutschland Sender Orchestra Berlin,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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