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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
Read more composed in the twentieth century.

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
Ravel, Strauss / Jurowski, Grimaud, Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Release Date: 07/27/2010   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 3078738   Number of Discs: 1
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Ravel, Strauss / Jurowski, Grimaud, Chamber Orchestra of Europe [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 11/16/2010   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 3078734   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 151.
    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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  • 152.
    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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  • 153.
    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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  • 154.
    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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  • 155.
    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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  • 156.
    Schubert: Rosamunde / Abbado, Von Otter, CO of Europe
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431655 Release Date: 06/14/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Ernst Senff Chamber Choir
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  • 157.
    Prokofiev: Peter And The Wolf, Etc / Sting, Abbado
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 429396 Release Date: 05/07/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar,  Sting
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 158.
    Rossini: Il Viaggio A Reims / Abbado, Ricciarelli, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415498 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  William Matteuzzi,  Ernesto Gavazzi,  Luigi de Corato,  Bernadette Manca di Nissa  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Prague Philharmonic Chorus
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  • 159.
    Schubert: 8 Symphonien, Etc / Abbado, Chamber Orch Of Europe
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423651 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 160.
    Bach: Keyboard Concertos BWV 1052-1058 / András Schiff
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425676 Release Date: 08/02/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  András Schiff
    Conductor:  András Schiff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 161.
    Bach: Oboe Concertos BWV 1053, 1055, 1059 / Douglas Boyd
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 429225 Release Date: 02/01/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Douglas Boyd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 162.
    Schubert: Symphonies 3 & 4 / Abbado, CO Of Europe
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423653 Release Date: 01/11/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 163.
    James Galway - Serenade
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60033 Release Date: 06/28/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Riccardo Drigo,  Gabriel Fauré,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Marisa Robles,  Ayako Shinozaki,  Kazuhito Yamashita  ... 
    Conductor:  James Galway,  Charles Gerhardt,  Charles Dutoit,  Hiroyuki Iwaki  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 164.
    Schubert: Symphony No 8, Grand Duo / Abbado, Co Of Europe
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423655 Release Date: 05/02/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 165.
    Schubert: Symphony no 9, Rosamunde Overture / Abbado, COE
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4236562 Release Date: 05/02/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 166.
    Schubert: Symphonies 1 & 2 / Abbado, Co Of Europe
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423652 Release Date: 01/30/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 167.
    Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni / Mullova, Abbado, Co Of Europe
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420216 Release Date: 11/04/1987   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Viktoria Mullova
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 168.
    Haydn: Cellokonzerte / Maisky, Chamber Orchestra Of Europe
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 419786 Release Date: 08/03/1987   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Mischa Maisky
    Conductor:  Mischa Maisky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 169.
    Frank Martin: Polyptyque, Etudes, Etc / Fischer, Coe
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 435383 Release Date: 09/15/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Martin
    Performer:  Noor Kamerbeek,  Gerald Kirby,  Douglas Boyd,  Matthew Wilke  ... 
    Conductor:  Thierry Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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