Following the success of our Schubert Symphonies box-set with Nikolaus Harnoncourt last year, we released another set of archive recordings with Nikolaus Harnoncourt with ICA Classics on 22 October this year. The repertoire features live concerts performed between 1989 and 2007 with works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms. The box-set has been extensively reviewed on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review programme by Sarah Devonald and the programme can be listened to again (from the UK) on BBC Sounds here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0011kr7. You can also listen to our dedicated podcast episode featuring an interview with COE Principal Bassoon Matthew Wilkie talking about the making of the set here: https://www.coeurope.org/coe-podcast/#scroll-to-12.
In normal times organising the Chamber Orchestra of Europe’s concerts and recordings is a challenge – the players come from all sorts of countries and have regular jobs in orchestras rooted to one location – but putting together a Beethoven Symphony cycle with Yannick Nézet-Séguin in a pandemic summer required a whole new set of tools.
On 18th May 2021, we celebrate a very significant anniversary for the COE – 40 years of wonderful music-making since that first launch concert at the Merchant Taylor’s Hall in London!
In 2022 the internationally acclaimed Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE) will assume their role as the new orchestra-in-residence at the Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt. The ensemble was selected by a group of six world-renowned musicians and cultural managers in a multistage process. The residency is for a period of three years during which the orchestra will undertake at least four concert projects per year in the Haydn Hall of the Esterházy Palace.
We are thrilled to let you know that we have started working on a second COE/Harnoncourt box-set, to be released next year and which will feature symphonic repertoire recorded live over the years at the Styriarte Festival in Graz, with the exception of one symphony which was recorded at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. More information about the repertoire on this box-set will be communicated early in the new year. We are also hoping to release a DVD set of our Sibelius Symphonies with Paavo Berglund recorded by Finnish TV at the Helsinki Festival in 1998.
In November, we released a 4-CD box-set of the Schubert Symphonies, recorded live by the Austrian Radio (ORF) in 1988 with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Styriarte Festival in Graz. Since the release, we are delighted that the critics all seem unanimous so far and have received this box-set with great enthusiasm.
We are delighted to let you know that we will be releasing a 4-CD box-set at the start of November on the ICA label featuring all Schubert Symphonies, performed LIVE with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Styriarte Festival in Graz in July 1988. This cycle represents an important milestone in the life of COE and of our 30-year long association with Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
On 29th November 2019, Warner Music releases its first-ever Beethoven Complete Works in an 80-CD box-set. We are delighted to feature on a significant number of discs, particularly with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, as well as alongside Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Gidon Kremer amongst other soloists.
Deutsche Grammophon has now released the 6th installment of its collection of Mozart’s late operas. This follows recordings of Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Grammy Award Nomination), Le Nozze di Figaro (Grammy Award Nomination & Echo Klassik Award) and La Clemenza di Tito, all recorded at the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin and featuring tenor Roland Villazon.
On 18 January 2019, Warner Classics released a CD featuring Schumann’s Cello Concerto with the COE, Gautier Capuçon and Bernard Haitink recorded in 2015 at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.