ORTF National Orchestra

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L'Orchestre National de France, formerly known as the ORTF National Orchestra, is one of the important international symphony orchestras.

In 1929, the French government established l'Office National de la Radiodiffusion (National Radio-Broadcasting Office) which in 1934 created the Orchestre National to serve its musical need. This was the first permanent French symphony orchestra, and its first conductor was D.E. Inghelbrecht. Hitler's
Read more forces seized all radio facilities in France in 1940, broadcasting as Radio-Paris with programming that continued to use the National Orchestra. Opposing this propaganda was a BBC service devoted to the free French under exile leader Charles DeGaulle. After the war, and with the addition of television to its services, the radio organization changed its name to RTF (Radio-Television Française). In 1964, technological advance was reflected in a change of name, with RTF becoming l'ORTF (Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision Française), now under the control of the Ministry of Information.

Inghelbrecht had been succeeded as music director by Manuel Rosenthal, Roger Désormière, Charles Münch, Maurice Le Roux, and Jean Martinon. In the post-war years, the ORTF National Orchestra began to build its reputation as one of the most modern-oriented of European orchestras, giving world premieres of works of Messiaen, Boulez, Xenakis, Varèse, and Dutilleux.

In 1974, the basic state monopoly on broadcasting was affirmed, but with seven public societies functioning. These included a research society, two production societies, and four programming societies: Television Française 1, Antenna 2, the Third Network (FR3) and Radio France. The ORTF National Orchestra was renamed the Orchestre National Française (French National Orchestra). Radio France founded a second orchestra, the Nouvel Philharmonique (now l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France).

The Orchestre National Française, in most commentators' views, has become the leading orchestra of France, although there are those who would nominate the Orchestre de Paris, founded in 1967 to replace the Conservatoire Society Orchestra. Sergiu Ceilibidache was briefly the French National Orchestra director, followed by Lorin Maazel, succeeded in 1991 by Charles Dutoit. In July 2001, Dutoit stepped down, with Kurt Masur accepting a three-year contract to follow him.

The orchestra performs regularly in Messiaen Hall in the Maison de Radio France, as well as other venues in Paris and on frequent tours. It gives around 120 concerts a year. Read less
Milhaud: Orchestral Works / Bernstein, Pretre, Beroff, Collard, Lee
Release Date: 02/17/2009   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 958698   Number of Discs: 2
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    Albert Roussel Edition
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 548916 Release Date: 07/31/2020   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Albert Roussel
    Performer:  Jean Doyen,  Turibio Santos,  Lily Laskine,  Jonathan Snowden  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Pierre Jacquillat,  Michel Plasson,  Charles Dutoit,  Jean Martinon  ... 
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    Debussy: Complete Piano Works, Fantasie & Orchestral Songs / Ciccolini
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 546009 Release Date: 07/31/2020   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
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    Berlioz: Complete Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 585940 Release Date: 02/01/2019   Number of Discs: 27
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Claude-J Rouget de Lisle,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Jean Paul Egide Martini  ... 
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    Charles Munch: The Complete Recordings on Warner Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 573813 Release Date: 09/28/2018   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Maurice Ravel,  Johannes Brahms,  Arthur Honegger  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Cortot,  Jean-Claude Malgoire,  Nicole Henriot-Schweitzer,  Jacques Février  ... 
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    Birgit Nilsson: The Great Live Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985392322 Release Date: 09/07/2018   Number of Discs: 31
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Richard Wagner,  Giacomo Puccini,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Birgit Nilsson,  Bernhard Sönnerstedt,  Wolfgang Windgassen,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay,  Eugen Jochum,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Hans Knappertsbusch  ... 
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    Debussy: The Complete Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 565660 Release Date: 01/05/2018   Number of Discs: 33
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Robert Schumann,  Joachim Raff,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini,  Cécile Ousset,  Michel Béroff,  Samson François  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  François-Xavier Roth,  Armin Jordan,  Jean Martinon  ... 
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    Dvorak, Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven & Brahms: Works for Cello / Rose
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 80389 Release Date: 07/01/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Leonard Rose,  Eugene Istomin,  Nadia Reisenberg
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Louis de Froment
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    Bruno Monsaingeon Edition, Vol. 3 / Richter, Rozhdestvensky
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 27527 Release Date: 04/22/2016   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra,  Capella Symphony Orchestra,  Choir Of Russia
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    Ravel: Bolero, La Valse, Rapsodie Espagnole / Maazel, Orchestre National de France
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88697710922 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
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    Yo-Yo Ma: The Classical Cello Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 513074 Release Date: 10/02/2015   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Luigi Boccherini,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Ton Koopman,  Emanuel Ax,  Edgar Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman,  Claudio Abbado,  Kurt Masur,  Lorin Maazel  ... 
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    Pierre Boulez: The Complete Erato Recordings
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564619048 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Igor Stravinsky,  Pierre Boulez,  Luciano Berio  ... 
    Performer:  Pierre Amoyal,  Peter Serkin,  Simon Estes,  Ann Murray  ... 
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    Lorin Maazel - The Complete Early Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002251502 Release Date: 02/17/2015   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Igor Stravinsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Jeanine Collard,  Jane Berbié,  Sylvaine Gilma,  Colette Herzog  ... 
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    Yo-Yo Ma plays Great Cello Masterworks
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 438572 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Edouard Lalo,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Margaret Faultless,  Emanuel Ax
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  André Previn,  José L. Garcia,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
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    100 Great Symphonies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002054602 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Sammartini,  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf,  Johann Christian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Hanna Schwarz,  René Kollo,  Kurt Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Kevin Mallon,  Christopher Hogwood,  Thomas Füri,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
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    Franck: Symphony in D Minor; Roussel: Symphonie No 3 / Bernstein
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002046002 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Albert Roussel
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
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    Darius Milhaud - Une Vie Heureuse [10-CD Set]
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 634844 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Darius Milhaud
    Performer:  Michel Béroff,  Jean-Philippe Collard,  Noel Lee,  Christian Ivaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Georges Prêtre,  Georges Tzipine,  Darius Milhaud  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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    Leonard Bernstein Collection Vol 1 [59 CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 2027800 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Leonard Bernstein,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  René Kollo,  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Kurt Moll,  Hanna Schwarz  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Concert Choir,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Celebrating Verdi: Legendary Interpreters
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3079084 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Tito Gobbi,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Berislav Klobucar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Chorus  ... 
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    Celebrating Verdi: Legendary Interpreters
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3079088 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Tito Gobbi,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Berislav Klobucar
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    Great Pianists - Legendary Recordings from Arrau, Cherkassky, Cziffra, Gilels, Katchen
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5114 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Emil Gilels,  Claudio Arrau,  Julius Katchen,  György Cziffra  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Otto Klemperer,  Rudolf Kempe  ... 
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    Poulenc: Complete Works [20-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 972165 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino,  Jacques Février,  Emmanuel Strosser,  Xavier Phillips  ... 
    Conductor:  François Boulanger,  Georges Prêtre,  John Alldis,  Harry Christophers  ... 
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    Grieg, Liszt: Piano Concertos / Georges Cziffra
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5079 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Domenico Scarlatti
    Performer:  György Cziffra
    Conductor:  Georges Tzipine,  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
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    Maria Callas - The Live Recitals
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 59794 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Léo Delibes,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Nicola Rescigno,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Jeffrey Tate
    Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis,  Georges Prêtre,  Nicola Rescigno,  Alfredo Simonetto  ... 
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    Music & Painters - Music Of The Era Of Monet, Chagall, Courbet & Picasso
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5283 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
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    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Alain Lombard,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
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    Saint-saens: Complete Symphonies / Jean Martinon
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 85205 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Conductor:  Jean Martinon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
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