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.
    Essential Bach
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 466465 Release Date: 06/13/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Thurston Dart,  Marisa Robles,  David Munrow,  John Turner  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Raymond Leppard,  Salvatore Accardo,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  ... 
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  • 102.
    Schumann: Piano Concerto, Etc / Pires, Abbado, Dumay, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463179 Release Date: 05/09/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Jian Wang,  Maria-Joao Pires,  Augustin Dumay,  Renaud Capuçon  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 103.
    Ultrasound - Music For The Unborn Child
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63457 Release Date: 04/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Brailowsky,  James Galway,  Marisa Robles,  Gerhard Oppitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Arthur Fiedler,  James Galway,  Charles Gerhardt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  Boston Pops,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe  ... 
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  • 104.
    Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1, Etc / Pires, Krivine, Coe
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 457585 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires
    Conductor:  Emmanuel Krivine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 105.
    Mozart For Relaxation
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63329 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  James Galway,  Alicia De Larrocha,  Richard Stoltzman,  Tatiana Troyanos  ... 
    Conductor:  James Galway,  Sir Colin Davis,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Alexander Schneider  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Tokyo String Quartet  ... 
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  • 106.
    Bloch, Elgar, Kabalevsky, Et Al: Cello Works / Isserlis
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 61490 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Steven Isserlis
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Andrew Litton,  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 107.
    Bravo Domingo
    Label: Dg Double   Catalog: 459352 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Carlos Gardel  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Rosalind Plowright,  Walter Gullino,  Sherrill Milnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik,  Claudio Abbado,  Georges Prętre,  Roberto Pansera  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 108.
    James Galway - Meditations
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 37731 Release Date: 05/19/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Marisa Robles,  Christopher O'Riley,  Phillip Moll
    Conductor:  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata,  James Galway,  Charles Gerhardt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Irish Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 109.
    Schumann: Genoveva / Harnoncourt, Ziesak, Lipovsek, Et Al
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 013144 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Ruth Ziesak,  Rodney Gilfry,  Marjana Lipovsek,  Oliver Widmer  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 110.
    Schubert: Missa Solemnis D 678 / Harnoncourt, Et Al
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 98422 Release Date: 05/27/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Luba Orgonasova,  Birgit Remmert,  Deon Van der Walt,  Anton Scharinger
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
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  • 111.
    Schubert: Missa Solemnis D 950 / Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Et Al
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 13163 Release Date: 05/27/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Luba Orgonasova,  Birgit Remmert,  Deon Van der Walt,  Wolfgang Holzmair  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
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  • 112.
    Schumann: Symphonies 1 & 2 / Harnoncourt, CO of Europe
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 98320 Release Date: 07/02/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 113.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 17 & 21 / Pires, Abbado
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439941 Release Date: 06/11/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 114.
    Mozart: Cosě Fan Tutte / Solti, Fleming, Von Otter, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 444174 Release Date: 03/12/1996   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Frank Lopardo,  Olaf Bär,  Michele Pertusi  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  London Voices
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  • 115.
    Beethoven: The Creatures Of Prometheus / Harnoncourt
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 90876 Release Date: 03/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 116.
    Schnittke: Violin Concertos Nos 2 And 3, Etc / Gidon Kremer
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 94540 Release Date: 11/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Christoph Eschenbach
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 117.
    Schumann: Piano & Violin Concertos / Argerich, Kremer
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 90696 Release Date: 11/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Martha Argerich
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 118.
    Baby Dance - A Toddler's Jump On The Classics
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 96887 Release Date: 09/06/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Ton Koopman,  Maria-Joao Pires,  Jean-François Heisser,  Pierre Pierlot  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Alexander Lazarev,  Theodor Guschlbauer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 119.
    Queen Of Coloratura / Edita Gruberova
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 93691 Release Date: 07/05/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Edita Gruberova
    Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Richard Bonynge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 120.
    The Classical James Galway
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 57011 Release Date: 05/24/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Malcolm Proud,  Phillip Moll,  Kyung-Wha Chung  ... 
    Conductor:  James Galway,  Rudolf Baumgartner,  David Measham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Irish Chamber Orchestra,  I Solisti di Zagreb,  Lucerne Festival Strings  ... 
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  • 121.
    Mozart: Symphonies 40 & 41
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 93667 Release Date: 03/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 122.
    Schubert: Mass in G; Schumann: Requiem for Mignon / Bonney, Abbado
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 435486 Release Date: 07/13/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Jorge Antonio Pita,  Andreas Schmidt,  Barbara Bonney,  Margaretha Hintermeier  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 123.
    Classics For Kids
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61489 Release Date: 06/08/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Raymond Scott,  Maurice Ravel,  Johannes Brahms,  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ... 
    Performer:  Al Hirt,  Leo Litwin,  Martin Hoherman,  Samuel Lipman  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Eduardo Mata,  Morton Gould,  Georges Prętre  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Morton Gould Orchestra  ... 
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  • 124.
    Schubert: Soiree / Gidon Kremer, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437535 Release Date: 05/31/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Richard Lester,  Diemut Poppen,  Gabrielle Lester
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 125.
    Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia / Domingo, Battle, Abbado
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 435763 Release Date: 04/13/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Ruggero Raimondi,  Lucio Gallo,  Carlos Chausson,  Gabriela Sima  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Venice Teatro la Fenice Chorus
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