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 à 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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  • 151.
    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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  • 152.
    Mozart: Così 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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  • 153.
    Beethoven: Fidelio / Harnoncourt, Margiono, Seiffert, Et Al
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 94560 Release Date: 10/03/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Barbara Bonney,  Peter Seiffert,  Boje Skovhus,  Sergei Leiferkus  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 154.
    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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  • 155.
    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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  • 156.
    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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  • 157.
    Mad About Mad About
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445900 Release Date: 09/20/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Sting,  David Jolley,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Herbert von Karajan,  Neeme Järvi,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 158.
    Kremer Plays Schnittke: Concerto Grosso, Etc / Schiff
    Label: Dg Masters   Catalog: 445520 Release Date: 08/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Tatiana Grindenko,  Yuri Smirnov
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer,  Heinrich Schiff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 159.
    Mozart - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony Classical   Catalog: 64053 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Murray Perahia,  Ferruccio Furlanetto,  Elzbieta Szmytka,  Dale Clevenger  ... 
    Conductor:  Murray Perahia,  Bruno Weil,  Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden,  Erich Leinsdorf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Tafelmusik,  European Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 160.
    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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  • 161.
    Granada - The Greatest Hits Of Placido Domingo
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445777 Release Date: 07/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Helen Guy,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Walter Gullino,  Rosalind Plowright,  Nicolai Ghiaurov  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Karl-Heinz Loges,  Marcel Peeters,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus  ... 
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  • 162.
    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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  • 163.
    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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  • 164.
    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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  • 165.
    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 Prêtre  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Morton Gould Orchestra  ... 
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  • 166.
    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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  • 167.
    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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  • 168.
    Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Harnoncourt, Mei, Lipovsek
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 74884 Release Date: 03/09/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Eva Mei,  Robert Holl,  Marjana Lipovsek,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 169.
    Dances For Flute / James Galway
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60917 Release Date: 02/09/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Saverio Mercadante,  Fritz Kreisler,  François Joseph Gossec  ... 
    Performer:  Kevin Conneff,  James Galway,  Marisa Robles,  Graham Oppenheimer
    Conductor:  Marisa Robles,  Claudio Scimone,  Charles Gerhardt,  James Galway  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marisa Robles Harp Ensemble,  The Chieftains,  National Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 170.
    Vivaldi: Oboe Concertos / Boyd, Blankestijn, COE
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 435873 Release Date: 12/01/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Harold Lister,  Douglas Boyd,  Howard Penny,  Marieke Blankestijn
    Conductor:  Marieke Blankestijn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 171.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 9 / Harnoncourt, Co Of Europe
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 175713 Release Date: 10/06/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Charlotte Margiono,  Birgit Remmert,  Rudolf Schasching,  Robert Holl
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
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  • 172.
    The Bells Of St Genevieve And Other Baroque Favorites
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61002 Release Date: 01/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Jean Joseph Mouret,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Spivakov,  James Galway,  Pinchas Zukerman
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Rudolf Baumgartner,  Richard Westenburg,  James Galway  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Lucerne Festival Strings  ... 
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  • 173.
    Beethoven: Symphonies 1-9 / Harnoncourt, CO Of Europe
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 46452 Release Date: 10/11/1991   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Charlotte Margiono,  Birgit Remmert,  Rudolf Schasching,  Robert Holl  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 174.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 21 & 27 / Perahia, Co Of Europe
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46485 Release Date: 06/14/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
    Conductor:  Murray Perahia
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 175.
    Rossini: Overtures / Abbado, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431653 Release Date: 06/14/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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