Regarded as 'The best chamber orchestra in the world' (The Daily Telegraph) the Chamber Orchestra of Europe perform Stravinsky's Apollon Musagète conceived as a ballet blanc and The Pulcinella Suite, a ballet based on some of Pergolesi's music.
The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, established in 1981, comprises 57 members coming from all over Europe. The players pursue parallel careers as international soloists, members of eminent national orchestras and chamber ensembles, and as professors of music.
The Chamber Orchestra of Europe performs Stravinsky's Apollon Musagète and Pulcinella Suite, repertoire that demands the fresh and energetic delivery for which the COE is renowned. The COE deliver the 'wonderful freshness' Stravinsky himself envisioned in Apollon Musagète with their bright and spirited performance. The Guardian commented: 'In Stravinsky's Apollon Musagète each and every player contributed to the distinctive, rich-toned sonority.'
The Pulcinella Suite is a ballet based on some of Pergolesi's most memorable music. The COE has recorded the more unusual 1949 'revised' version of the 1922 concert suite which is in eight sections and performed without voices. The Independent commented: 'Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite brimmed over with the energy and insight of first-rate musicians discovering every opportunity such sunny music offered them.'
The COE recorded this album at Église Maronite Notre-Dame Du Liban, Paris, in November 2008. They performed this Stravinsky programme at Cité de la musique, Paris, Konzerthaus, Vienna and Philharmonie, Luxembourg to widespread critical acclaim.
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