Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

Biography

Active: 1919 - ; Oslo, Norway
Formed in 1919 from the remnants of the Musikforening Orchestra (co-founded by Edvard Grieg and Johan Svendsen), the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra has advanced into world renown, especially during the long tenure of conductor Mariss Jansons in the 1980s and 1990s. Recordings on the EMI label were important to the orchestra's heightened reputation. Founded through private initiatives and funded by private shareholders, the orchestra drew world-class Read more conductors to Norway during the years of its infancy. Nikisch, Monteux, Weingartner, and Fried were joined by Ravel as guest leaders of the orchestra, as were composer/conductors Hindemith, Nielsen, and Szymanowski. Famous soloists, too, lent their support: Huberman, Kempf, d'Albert, Fischer, and Schnabel. Standards remained high during the 1930s, as musicians such as Stravinsky, Bruno Walter, Fritz Busch, Thomas Beecham, Adrian Boult, and Erich Kleiber led the orchestra. Only a week before the Nazis sailed into Oslo, Wilhelm Furtwängler had been a guest conductor. During WWII, programs were suspended. In 1945, plans were made to build a new performance hall and to increase the number of players to 80. As Norway had been musically isolated during the war, new works of the time had to be absorbed into the O.P.O.'s repertory. In 1953, Oslo was host to the ISCM Festival, which brought more new works to the attention of the Norwegian public and, specifically, to the O.P.O.'s audiences. Through the joint directorship of Herbert Blomstedt and Øivin Fjeldstad in the 1960s, the orchestra began to become known outside Norway: its first tour in 1962 took the ensemble to Amsterdam, Berlin, Frankfort, and Bonn. In 1977, a new venue, the Oslo Concert Hall, opened and during the next several years, ticket sales for the orchestra doubled. The year after the new hall opened, the orchestra toured the United States under the direction of Okko Kamu, winner of the Herbert von Karajan 1969 conducting competition. In 1979, a plan was initiated to add 15 more musicians by 1990. Under Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons, appointed music director in 1979, the O.P.O. expanded in size; toured Germany, Switzerland, and Austria to acclaim in 1985; and gained an important recording contract with EMI. After Jansons resignation in February 2000, a search resulted in the appointment of André Previn as music director beginning in the 2002 -- 2003 season. Read less
Shostakovich: Cello Concertos / Mork, Petrenko, Oslo
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Ondine  
Catalog: 1218   Number of Discs: 1
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    Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2, Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 /  Guro Kleven Hagen
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1266 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Guro Kleven Hagen
    Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Shostakovich: Cello Concertos / Mork, Petrenko, Oslo
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1218 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork
    Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 3.
    Greatest Cello Concertos / Truls Mork [9-CD Set]
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 158102 Release Date: 10/15/2013   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork
    Conductor:  Iona Brown,  Mariss Jansons,  Paavo Järvi,  Eiji Oue  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Chamber Orchestra,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The Essential Wagner
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 973399 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Siegfried Jerusalem,  Peter Haage,  Nicolai Gedda,  Reiner Goldberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Heger,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Klaus Tennstedt,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Best Overtures 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27333 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Gianluigi Gelmetti,  Lamberto Gardelli,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Hilary Hahn Spectacular
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 795069 Release Date: 02/21/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn
    Conductor:  Marek Janowski,  Hugh Wolff,  David Zinman,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    Nordheim: Epitaffio, Monolith, Canzona, Fonos, Adieu / Saraste, Gupta, Oslo Philharmonic
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1318 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arne Nordheim
    Conductor:  Jukka-Pekka Saraste,  Rolf Gupta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 8.
    Best Children's Classics 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17626 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque,  Moura Lympany  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Riccardo Muti,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 9.
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 648500 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque,  Moura Lympany  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Riccardo Muti,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 10.
    Dvorak: Cello Concerto; Tchaikovsky: Rococo  Variations / Mork
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 28623 Release Date: 10/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Best Film 50
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 31673 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  James Horner  ... 
    Performer:  Ernest Blanc,  Nicolai Gedda,  Gérard Caussé,  Augustin Dumay  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt,  Mariss Jansons,  Richard Hickox,  David Abel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus  ... 
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  • 12.
    Svendsen And Selmer: Symphonic Poems / Jurowski, Oslo Po
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1233 Release Date: 09/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johan Peter Selmer,  Johan Svendsen
    Conductor:  Michail Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 248 Release Date: 08/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Serge Koussevitzky,  Walter Piston
    Performer:  Gary Karr
    Conductor:  Alfredo Antonini,  Sixten Ehrling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Emerson String Quartet,  Juilliard Orchestra
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  • 14.
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 209 Release Date: 07/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicolai Berezowsky,  Norman Dello Joio,  Ulysses Kay
    Conductor:  Arthur Bennet Lipkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 15.
    Music of Henry Cowell: Variations, Synchrony,
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 217 Release Date: 07/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Cowell
    Conductor:  William Strickland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Norwegian Choir of Solo Singers,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 227 Release Date: 07/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Otto Luening,  Vladimir Ussachevsky,  Mel Powell
    Performer:  Ward Davenny,  Keith Wilson,  David Schwartz,  Charles Bressler
    Conductor:  José Serebrier,  Melvin Kaplan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  New York Chamber Soloists
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    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 184 Release Date: 06/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Barati,  Klaus Egge
    Performer:  Bernard Michelin,  Robert Riefling
    Conductor:  George Barati,  Oivin Fjeldstad
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 185 Release Date: 06/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elie Siegmeister,  William Mayer
    Conductor:  Elie Siegmeister,  Russell Stanger,  Emanuel Balaban
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  New York Brass and Woodwind Ensemble  ... 
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  • 19.
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 177 Release Date: 06/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wallingford Riegger,  John Joseph Becker,  Charles Ives
    Performer:  Jan Henrik Kayser
    Conductor:  William Strickland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Iceland Symphony Orchestra,  Iceland State Radio Chorus
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  • 20.
    Best Tchaikovsky 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56339 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Charles Abramovic,  Sarah Chang,  Ayako Uehara,  Olaf Maninger  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons,  Seiji Ozawa,  Lovro von Matacic,  Richard Hickox  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 160 Release Date: 05/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Olav Kielland,  Bjarne Brustad
    Conductor:  Olav Kielland,  Oivin Fjeldstad
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 165 Release Date: 05/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Cowell,  Robert Ward,  Leo Sowerby
    Performer:  Rolf Karlsen
    Conductor:  William Strickland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Choir of Solo Singers,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 163 Release Date: 05/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives,  William Flanagan
    Performer:  Eva Törklep Larson,  Yngvar Krogh
    Conductor:  William Strickland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 159 Release Date: 05/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Ward,  Lester Trimble,  Philip Bezanson,  Forrest Goodenough
    Conductor:  William Strickland,  Oivin Fjelstad
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Imperial Philharmonic Orchestra Tokyo,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 139 Release Date: 04/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ulysses Kay,  Gordon Binkerd
    Conductor:  George Barati
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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