Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

Biography

Active: 1900 -
The Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, despite its Gallic moniker, was founded in England in 1990 by noted conductor John Eliot Gardiner. The organization was the next logical step in the evolution of the period-performance movement, its purpose to present the music of the Romantic era (broadly, from Beethoven to the early twentieth century with emphasis on the early Romantics) as authentically as possible. It is a sobering thought that Read more orchestral music from the first half of the nineteenth century was heard on crooked horns, woodwinds with minimal keys, and now-extinct instruments such as the ophiclide, to say nothing of interpretive idiosyncrasies of the era. That said, even the best and most sincere recordings of Karajan or Solti of the Beethoven symphonies were bound to sound quite different from what audiences of 1820 heard. Gardiner's mission was to treat the music of Beethoven, Weber, and Berlioz with the same scholarly respect accorded to early, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical period works as an alternative, rather than replacement, to the best modern treatments of the same.

The O.R.R. under Gardiner has released some musicologically significant recordings. The 1991 Antwerp discovery of a surviving score of Berlioz's Messe Solennelle, a work dismantled by the self-critical composer and used as "lumber" for future works, led to the 1994 premiere recording of the mass, revealing an energy and even joyfulness in the score. The Gardiner/O.R.R. 1997 recording of Leonore revealed to the musical public Beethoven's early attempt at the opera that would one day become Fidelio. Typical of the re-creative readings of the Orchestre are acclaimed sets of the Beethoven symphonies, Schumann's orchestral works, and Berlioz' Symphonie fantastique, the latter in which not only instrumentation and interpretation followed ca. 1830 practice, but was also recorded in the Ancien Conservatoire of Paris where Berlioz conducted his work, in order to obtain acoustic fidelity as well. The O.R.R.'s traversal of the large-scale music of Romantic era has extended to early Brahms and Verdi. It may be imagined that investigation by Gardiner and his ensemble in performance practices such as the use of elastic tempi and string portamento will yield re-discoveries of the late Romantic works by Brahms, Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, and others. Read less
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  • 1.
    Schumann: Complete Symphonies; Das Paradies Und Die Peri / Gardiner [5-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 002020702 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Gavin Edwards,  Susan Dent,  Robert Maskell,  Roger Montgomery  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Monteverdi Choir,  Hanover Boys' Choir Members
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    Beethoven, Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos / Mullova, Gardiner [Blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002009846 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Viktoria Mullova
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
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    Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Crowe, Johnston, Gilchrist, Rose, Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 718 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  James Gilchrist,  Lucy Crowe,  Matthew Rose,  Jennifer Johnston
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Monteverdi Choir
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    The Best of Jonas Kaufmann
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001894302 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann,  Jana Sibera,  Renée Fleming,  Barbara Vignudelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Marco Armiliato,  Antonio Pappano,  Claudio Abbado,  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan  ... 
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    The John Eliot Gardiner Collection
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001826002 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Henry Purcell,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Marinella Pennicchi,  Michael Chance,  Mark Tucker,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts  ... 
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    Beethoven Masterworks Collection  [51-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001813172 Release Date: 03/19/2013   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Janet Perry,  Agnes Baltsa,  Vinson Cole,  José Van Dam  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Carlos Kleiber,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Philips Original Jackets Collection  [55-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001767702 Release Date: 12/04/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elisabeth Unger,  Claudio Arrau,  Thomas Zehetmair  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Bernard Haitink,  Frans Brüggen,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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    Live at Carnegie Hall - Beethoven: Symphonies 5 & 7 / Gardiner, ORR
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 717 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
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    Magnificat - 500 Years Of Choral Masterworks [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001664502 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Antonio Lotti,  Orlando de Lassus,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Russill,  Marinella Pennicchi,  Michael Chance,  Mark Tucker  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers,  Paul McCreesh,  Stephen Cleobury,  Edward Wickham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players  ... 
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    Brahms: German Requiem; Schutz / Fuge, Brook, Gardiner
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 706 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Katharine Fuge,  Matthew Brook
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
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    Weber: Oberon /  Gardiner, Kaufmann, Martinpelto, Davislim
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001651302 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Katherine Fuge,  Marina Comparato,  Frances Bourne,  Jonas Kaufmann  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
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    Bizet: Carmen / Gardiner, Antonacci, Richards, Gillet, Cavallier
    Label: Fra Musica   Catalog: 4 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Francis Dudziak,  Andrew Richards,  Anne-Catherine Gillet,  Nicolas Cavallier  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Maitrise des Hauts-de-Seine
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    Brahms: Symphony No 4 / Gardiner, Orchestre Revolutionnaire Et Romantique
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 705 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Heinrich Schütz,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Monteverdi Choir
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    Schumann Gold
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001423002 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz,  Radu Lupu,  Martha Argerich,  Mischa Maisky  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Rafael Kubelik,  André Previn,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Berlioz: Les Troyens / Gardiner, Theatre Du Chatelet [blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7059 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Laurent Naouri,  Anna Caterina Antonacci,  Susan Graham,  Renata Pokupic  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Théâtre du Châtelet Chorus,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Monteverdi Choir
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    Beethoven: The Symphonies / John Eliot Gardiner [5-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001408302 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Gilles Cachemaille,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Luba Orgonasova
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Monteverdi Choir
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    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir,  Orchestre Revolutionnaire Et Romantique
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4782119 Release Date: 01/19/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Rodney Gilfry,  Charlotte Margiono
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
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    Brahms: Symphony No 3 / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, Et Al
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 704 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
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    Beethoven: Symphonies No 5 & 7 / Gardiner
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459060 Release Date: 07/06/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
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    Brahms: Symphony No 2, Alto Rhapsody;  Schubert: Choral Works / Gardiner, Stutzmann, Et Al
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 703 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Nathalie Stutzmann
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Monteverdi Choir
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    Gluck: Orphée Et Eurydice / Kozena, Bender, Gardiner
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 16577 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Patricia Petibon,  Magdalena Kozená,  Madeline Bender
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Monteverdi Choir
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    Berlioz: Messe Solennelle / John Eliot Gardiner
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 442137 Release Date: 10/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Gilles Cachemaille,  Donna Brown,  Jean-Luc Viala
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
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    Brahms: Symphony No 1, Etc / Gardiner, Et Al
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 702 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Monteverdi Choir
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    Berlioz Rediscovered / Gardiner, Orchestre Révolutionnaire Et Romantique
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000972909 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
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    Weber: Oberon / John Eliot Gardiner
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 4756563 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann,  Frances Bourne,  Marina Comparato,  Katherine Fuge  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
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