Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Biography

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe is one of the top smaller orchestral ensembles in the world.

It was formed in 1981 by a group of young professional musicians based in Europe. At that time an international trend was developing to establish permanent orchestras of between 30 and 60 members, smaller than the usual symphony orchestra, but the right size to play many Classical- and Baroque-era works and numerous works for smaller orchestras
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Although many of the founding members have gone on to important positions in standard orchestras and prominence as solo artists, most of them have remained with the COE since then. The orchestra's schedule usually calls for 150 days a year of commitment, including rehearsals, appearances at major music festivals, individual concerts, and limited tours (mostly in Europe, but sometimes to North America and Japan).

The orchestra is a self-governing organization. Its 50 members elect, annually, a four-man executive committee, who are responsible for business and artistic management of the COE, together with a chairman and general manager. There is no principal conductor, music director, or artistic adviser. Instead, its members bring their widely diverse backgrounds to their gatherings and make suggestions as to repertory. The COE, however, commonly performs with a conductor. A stellar array of maestros have led them. The ones most closely linked to them are Claudio Abbado and Nikolas Harnoncourt (who have recorded a Schubert and a Beethoven symphony cycle, respectively, with the COE). However, other famous conductors, including Pierre Boulez, Christoph Eschenbach, Heinz Holliger, Paavo Berglund, Edo de Waart, and Herbert Blomstedt, have appeared on the COE's podium, in just one typical year.

The COE records frequently and won Gramophone Record of the Year awards three times, for the above-mentioned Beethoven and Schubert cycles and for their work on Abbado's recording of Rossini's Il Viaggio ŕ Reims.

It is not identified with a particular city, but has a working relationship with a number of orchestras and rehearsal-performance venues, including the Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie in Berlin, Ferrara Musica in Italy, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, and the Styriarte Festival in Graz and the Salzburg Festival, where the members often assemble to work and perform. Read less
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  • 101.
    By Request / Renée Fleming
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000102402 Release Date: 09/16/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Rodgers,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  George Gershwin,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold  ... 
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Dave Grusin,  Lee Ritenour,  Joseph Calleja
    Conductor:  Patrick Summers,  James Levine,  Jeffrey Tate,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  New York Voices,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 102.
    Children's Classics - Prokofiev, Saint-saëns, Britten
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 000100002 Release Date: 09/09/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Hermione Gingold,  Sting
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Karl Böhm,  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  ORTF National Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 103.
    Beethoven: Piano Concertos No 1-5 / Aimard, Harnoncourt
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 47334 Release Date: 05/20/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 104.
    The Incomparable Rudolf Serkin
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4743282 Release Date: 05/13/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin,  Mstislav Rostropovich
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 105.
    Schubert: Lieder With Orchestra / Abbado, Von Otter, Quasthoff
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471586 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Thomas Quasthoff
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 106.
    Schubert: Violin Works / Gidon Kremer
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000001502 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst,  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Gabrielle Lester,  Richard Lester,  Diemut Poppen  ... 
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 107.
    20/21 - Schnittke: Concerti Grossi 1 & 5 / Kremer, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471626 Release Date: 11/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Yuri Smirnov,  Rainer Keuschnig,  Tatiana Grindenko
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer,  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Heinrich Schiff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 108.
    Beethoven: Fidelio Highlights / Bonney, Harnoncourt
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 41374 Release Date: 09/17/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Barbara Bonney,  László Polgár,  Peter Seiffert,  Boje Skovhus  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 109.
    Romantic Piano Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470777 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  András Schiff,  Alfred Brendel,  Werner Haas  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  András Schiff,  Alceo Galliera,  Lorin Maazel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 110.
    Dvorak: Slavonic Dances / Harnoncourt, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 81038 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 111.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Etc / Blankestijn, Europe Co
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 89097 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Marieke Blankestijn
    Conductor:  Marieke Blankestijn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 112.
    Baroque Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470460 Release Date: 02/12/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Trevor Connah,  Tommaso Ruta,  Gino Del Vescovo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Raymond Agoult,  Anthony Lewis,  Iona Brown  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  I Musici,  New Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 113.
    Bream Adagios - Guitar Favorites For Romantic Daydreams
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63905 Release Date: 02/05/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Spencer,  Marilyn Sansom,  Julian Bream,  John Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Leo Brouwer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Orchestra,  RCA Victor Chamber Orchestra,  Julian Bream Consort  ... 
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  • 114.
    Movie Adagios / Solti, Tebaldi, Lupu, Schiff, Fleming, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468506 Release Date: 10/09/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Giacomo Puccini,  Andrea Morricone  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Renée Fleming,  Dietfried Gürtler  ... 
    Conductor:  András Schiff,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Nick Ingman,  Charles Dutoit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonia  ... 
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  • 115.
    Brahms: Symphonies / Berglund, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 990 Release Date: 09/25/2001   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Paavo Berglund
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 116.
    Eloquence - Day Dreams - Music For Romantic Moments Vol 2
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469670 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Gioachino Rossini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Narciso Yepes,  Mischa Maisky,  Patrick Gallois,  Fabrice Pierre  ... 
    Conductor:  Luis Garcia-Navarro,  Thomas Füri,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Neeme Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Camerata Bern,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 117.
    Debussy - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63803 Release Date: 08/07/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Kathryn Stott,  Catherine Collard,  James Galway,  Michel Dalberto
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  James Galway
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Guarneri String Quartet,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 118.
    Cello For Relaxation / Isserlis, Harnoy, Starker, Et Al
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63798 Release Date: 06/19/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Tavener,  Robert Schumann,  Frederick Delius,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Steven Isserlis,  Christoph Eschenbach,  János Starker,  Ofra Harnoy  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin,  Paul Robinson,  Antonio de Almeida,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Toronto Chamber Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 119.
    Schubert: Fierrabras / Abbado, Protschka, Mattila
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459503 Release Date: 06/01/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Brigitte Balleys,  Michael Weber,  László Polgár,  Brigitte Pinter  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 120.
    Aromatherapy 02 - The Romantic Bach
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4666992 Release Date: 04/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Carl Pini,  Granville Jones,  Tess Miller  ... 
    Conductor:  Thurston Dart,  András Schiff,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Raymond Agoult  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philomusica of London,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 121.
    Essential Mozart - 32 Of His Greatest Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468517 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Margaret Price,  Bryn Terfel,  András Schiff  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Sir Georg Solti,  Willi Boskovsky,  George Guest  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester College Chapel Choir,  Winchester Cathedral Choir,  Academy of Ancient Music  ... 
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  • 122.
    The #1 Opera Album Vol 1
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467632 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Nucci,  Andrea Bocelli,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Michele Pertusi  ... 
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané,  Leone Magiera,  Sir Georg Solti,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  ... 
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  • 123.
    Schnittke: Complete Violin Concertos / Kremer, Eschenbach
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 26866 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hamburg
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  • 124.
    Prokofiev: Symphonies No 1 & 5, Violin Concerto No 1, Romeo & Juliet Suites, Etc
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469172 Release Date: 10/17/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich,  Elena Obraztsova,  Shlomo Mintz
    Conductor:  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Lorin Maazel,  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.,  Cleveland Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 125.
    Bach J.s: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Double Concerto
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4681242 Release Date: 09/04/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Margaret Batjer,  Douglas Boyd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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