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 Řivin 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
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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    Dello Joio & Wigglesworth: Orchestral Works
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 110 Release Date: 03/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Norman Dello Joio,  Frank Wigglesworth
    Conductor:  Alfredo Antonini,  F. Charles Adler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Orchestra
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  • 33.
    Luening, Antheil & Howe: Orchestral Works
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 103 Release Date: 03/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Otto Luening,  George Antheil,  Mary Howe
    Conductor:  F. Charles Adler,  Alfredo Antonini,  William Strickland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Orchestra,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 107 Release Date: 03/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert McBride,  Avery Claflin,  Douglas Moore
    Conductor:  F. Charles Adler,  Alfredo Antonini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Orchestra,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 111 Release Date: 03/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Creston,  Herbert Haufrecht,  Wells Hively,  Pedro Sanjuán
    Conductor:  Alfredo Antonini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 117 Release Date: 03/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wallingford Riegger,  Jacob Avshalomov,  Norman Cazden
    Conductor:  Alfredo Antonini,  Igor Buketoff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Essential Adagios
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 88576 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Jules Massenet,  Joaquin Rodrigo  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitri Alexeev,  Hans Kalafusz,  Julian Bream,  Han-Na Chang  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 38.
    Dance! - The World's Favorite Ice-Skating Music
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 58906 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jerry Herman,  Frédéric Chopin,  Vittorio Monti,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  John Ogdon,  Vag Papian,  Maxim Vengerov,  Tasmin Little  ... 
    Conductor:  Julian Kelly,  Yuri Temirkanov,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Matt Dunkley  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piccadilly Theatre Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 39.
    Sibelius: Symphonies 1, 2, 3 & 5 / Mariss Jansons, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 97180 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 40.
    100 Best 20th Century Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64249 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  György Ligeti,  John Adams,  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall,  Ralph Kirshbaum,  Tasmin Little,  Simon Haram  ... 
    Conductor:  None,  Simon Rattle,  Leonard Slatkin,  Christopher Warren-Green  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artemis String Quartet,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 41.
    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition / Jansons, Oslo Phil
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 49797 Release Date: 07/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Romeo & Juliet - The Classical Album - Berlioz, Delius, Etc
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66427 Release Date: 05/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Hector Berlioz,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Frederick Delius  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Mariss Jansons,  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 43.
    Best Concertos 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64739 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Christian Zacharias,  Francois-René Duchable  ... 
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek,  Lawrence Foster,  Hans Vonk,  Michel Plasson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 44.
    Best Encores 100
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64752 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alexander Goedicke,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Teodor Grigoriu,  Ernesto De Curtis  ... 
    Performer:  Ole Edvard Antonsen,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Placido Domingo,  Cheryl Studer  ... 
    Conductor:  John Barker,  Asher Fisch,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Franz Welser-Möst  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Theater Opera Orchestra of Paris  ... 
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  • 45.
    Hélčne Grimaud - Living With Wolves
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 16575 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ferruccio Busoni,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Hélčne Grimaud
    Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Mahler: Symphony No 2
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6595 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Julia Hamari,  Felicity Lott
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Oslo Philharmonic Chorus,  Latvian State Academic Choir
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  • 47.
    Relax - The World's Most Beautiful Music - Music For The Soul - 36 Tracks
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17279 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Karl Jenkins,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Sabine Meyer,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Paul Beniston,  Hugh Bean  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Vonk,  Alberto Lysy,  Karl Jenkins,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Weimar,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Camerata Lysy  ... 
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  • 48.
    Eva Knardahl - Great Norwegian Performers 1945-2000, Vol 2
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1831 Release Date: 07/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christian Sinding,  Halfdan Kjerulf,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Eva Knardahl
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Tchaikovsky: Complete Symphonies / Jansons, Oslo Philharmonic
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10392 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Wallin: Act, Etc / Grubinger, Van Zweden, Axelrod, Et Al
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1118 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rolf Wallin
    Performer:  Martin Grubinger
    Conductor:  John Axelrod,  Jukka-Pekka Saraste,  Jaap Van Zweden
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Kroumata Percussion Ensemble
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