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English Chamber Orchestra

Considered one of the most distinguished chamber orchestras in the world, the English Chamber Orchestra was formed in 1948 by Arnold Goldsborough for the purpose of performing Baroque music. Similar in musical philosophy and organization to the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the ensemble is financially self-supporting and has no permanent home venue. The orchestra presents an annual concert series in London and also tours internationally. Over its history, the ensemble has expanded its repertoire to include a wide range of chamber music from various musical periods and is flexible in size, ranging from 24 to 38 musicians.

Originally named the Goldsborough Orchestra, the ensemble changed its name to the English Chamber Orchestra (ECO) in 1960 in accordance with the needs of the group's growing reputation. At the same time, The English Chamber Orchestra and Music Society was formed as the promotion arm of the organization.

Like many other chamber orchestras, the ECO employs no full-time musicians but hires its players on a contract basis. This allows the orchestra to be flexible in size and structure according to the needs of its repertoire and concert venues and also gives the musicians the opportunity to work in a variety of other situations. The freedom this provides is key to the fresh approach this orchestra takes in its performances through its use of a system of co-principal groupings of players. Under this system, two principal players share each chair and are contracted to play a set number of performances in a given season.

The ECO has performed for numerous important occasions including a command performance before Queen Elizabeth II at the Queen Elizabeth Hall inaugural concert in 1967. Other performances of note are the first color television recording of music for the BBC and the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana of Wales in 1981.

Until 1985, the orchestra chose to work without a principal conductor instead inviting a series of talented guest artists to lead the ensemble. The ECO has a reputation for giving young conductors important opportunities. Among those who have benefited from this policy are Sir Colin Davis, Daniel Barenboim and Pinchas Zukerman. During the orchestra's Silver Anniversary celebration in 1985, it was announced that Jeffery Tate had been chosen to fill the newly created position of principal conductor, and in 2000 he was succeeded by Ralf Gothóni. As of the 2009-2010 season, Paul Watkins has served as music director, and Roy Goodman has been the orchestra's principle guest conductor.

Tremendously versatile and musically polished, the English Chamber Orchestra is fully deserving of its reputation as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. ~ Corie Stanton Root
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Track List: And The Bridge Is Love: English Music For Strings

Composer: Sir Edward Elgar
Title: Introduction And Allegro, For String Quartet & String Orchestra In G Major, Op. 47
Title: Sospiri, Adagio For Strings, Harp & Organ, Op. 70
Composer: William Lloyd Webber
Title: The Moon
Composer: Howard Goodall
Title: And The Bridge Is Love
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Title: Charterhouse Suite For Strings
Composer: Sir Edward Elgar
Title: Serenade, For Strings In E Minor, Op. 20
Composer: Frederick Delius
Title: Aquarelles (2), For Strings (Arr. By Fenby From 2 Songs "To Be Sung On A Summer Night")
Composer: Sir Edward Elgar
Title: Pieces (2) ("Chanson De Matin" & "Chanson De Nuit"), For Violin & Piano (Later Orchestrated), Op. 15
Composer: William Walton
Title: Pieces (2) For Strings (From Henry V)
Composer: John Ireland
Title: A Downland Suite, Arrangement For Orchestra (Completed By G. Bush)
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Track List: Britten Conducts Britten

Disc 1
Title: Piano Concerto In D Major, Op. 13
Title: Violin Concerto In D Minor, Op. 15
Disc 2
Title: Cello Symphony, For Cello & Orchestra, Op. 68
Title: Sinfonia Da Requiem, For Orchestra, Op. 20
Title: Cantata Misericordium, For Tenor, Baritone, Chorus, String Quartet, Strings, Piano, Harp & Tympani, Op. 69
Disc 3
Title: Prelude & Fugue, For 18 Strings, Op. 29
Title: Simple Symphony, For String Orchestra, Op. 4
Title: Variations On A Theme By Frank Bridge, For Strings, Op. 10
Title: Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra (Variations And Fugue On A Theme Of Purcell), For Speaker Ad Lib & Orchestra, Op. 34
Disc 4
Title: The Prince Of The Pagodas, Ballet, Op. 57
Disc 5
Title: Diversions, For Piano, Left Hand & Orchestra, Op. 21
Title: Sonnets (7) Of Michelangelo, For Voice & Piano, Op. 22
Disc 6
Title: The Holy Sonnets (9) of John Donne, for voice & piano, Op. 35
Title: Songs and Proverbs of W. Blake, song cycle for baritone & piano, Op. 74
Title: Winter Words, Song Cycle For Tenor & Piano, Op. 52
Title: Tit For Tat, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano
Disc 7
Title: Serenade, For Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31
Title: Les Illuminations, Song Cycle For High Voice & Strings, Op. 18
Title: Nocturne, For Tenor, 7 Instruments & Strings, Op. 60
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Track List: Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings; Nocturne; Phaedra

Title: Serenade, For Tenor, Horn & Strings, Op. 31
Title: Nocturne, For Tenor, 7 Instruments & Strings, Op. 60
Title: Phaedra, Dramatic Cantata For Mezzo-soprano, String Orchestra, Percussion & Harpsichord, Op. 93
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Track List: C.P.E. Bach: 6 Symphonies

Title: Symphony For Orchestra In D Major (Orchester-sinfonien No. 1), H. 663, Wq. 183/1
Title: Symphony For Orchestra In E Flat Major (Orchester-sinfonien No. 2), H. 664, Wq. 183/2
Title: Symphony For Orchestra In F Major (Orchester-sinfonien No. 3), H. 665, Wq. 183/3
Title: Symphony For Orchestra In G Major (Orchester-sinfonien No. 4), H. 666, Wq. 183/4
Title: Symphony For Strings & Continuo In E Minor, H. 652, Wq. 177
Title: Sei Sinfonie, Symphonies (6) For Strings & Continuo ("Hamburg"), H. 657-662, Wq. 182
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Track List: French Connections

Composer: Claude Debussy
Title: Petite Suite, L. 65
Composer: Gabriel Fauré
Title: Pavane, Op. 50
Composer: Gabriel Pierné
Title: Album Pour Mes Petits Amis, Nos 1-6, Op. 14
Composer: Jules Massenet
Title: Thaïs, Lyric Comedy In 3 Acts
Composer: Erik Satie
Title: Gymnopédies (3), For Piano (Also Orchestrated By Debussy)
Composer: Gabriel Fauré
Title: Elegie For Cello And Orchestra, Op. 24
Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Title: Carnival Of The Animals, Zoological Fantasy For 2 Pianos & Ensemble
Composer: Claude Debussy
Title: Prelude A L'apres-midi D'un Faune
Composer: Jules Massenet
Title: La Vierge, Sacred Legend In 4 Acts
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Track List: Highlights Vol.1

Disc 1
Title: Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op. 64
Title: Symphony No. 4 In A Major ("Italian"), Op. 90
Title: Elijah (Elias), Oratorio, Op. 70
Title: Paulus (Saint Paul), Oratorio, Op. 36
Disc 2
Title: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Incidental Music, Op. 61
Title: Paulus (Saint Paul), Oratorio, Op. 36
Title: Symphony No. 2 In B Flat Major ("Lobgesang", "Hymn Of Praise"), Op. 52
Title: Elijah (Elias), Oratorio, Op. 70
Title: Symphony No. 2 In B Flat Major ("Lobgesang", "Hymn Of Praise"), Op. 52
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Track List: J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos

Title: Concerto For Violin, Strings & Continuo No. 1 In A Minor, Bwv 1041
Title: Concerto For Violin, Strings & Continuo No. 2 In E Major, Bwv 1042
Title: Concerto For 2 Violins, Strings & Continuo In D Minor ("Double"), Bwv 1043
Title: Concerto For Oboe & Violin (Or 2 Violins), Strings & Continuo (Reconstruction), Bwv 1060r
Title: Partita For Solo Violin No. 1 In B Minor, Bwv 1002
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Track List: Judas Maccabaeus Pt.1

Disc 1
Title: Judas Maccabaeus Pt. 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
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Track List: Spanish Songs

Composer: José Padilla
Title: Valencia, For Voice & Orchestra
Composer: Maria Grever
Title: Júrame For Voice & Orchestra
Composer: Francisco Alonso
Title: Maitechu Mia, Song For Voice & Orchestra
Composer: Agustin Lara
Title: Granada, For Voice & Orchestra (With Chorus Ad Lib)
Composer: Amadeo Vives
Title: Doña Francisquita, Zarzuela In 3 Acts
Composer: Reveriano Soutullo Otero / Juan Vert Carbonell
Title: El Ultimo Romantico, Zarzuela
Composer: José Serrano
Title: Cancion Hungara
Composer: Manuel de Falla
Title: Popular Spanish Songs (7), For Voice & Piano, G. 40
Composer: Federico Mompou
Title: Combat Del Somni, 3 Songs For Voice & Orchestra
Composer: Fernando J. Obradors
Title: Corazón, Porqué Pasáis..., For Voice & Piano
Title: Del Cabello Más Sutil, For Voice & Piano
Composer: Joaquín Turina
Title: Poema En Forma De Canciones, For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra), Op. 19
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Track List: Vivaldi: Bassoon Concertos

Title: Bassoon Concerto, for bassoon, strings & continuo in C major, RV 467
Title: Bassoon Concerto, for bassoon, strings & continuo in F major, RV 491
Title: Bassoon Concerto, for bassoon, strings & continuo in A minor, RV 500
Title: Bassoon Concerto, for bassoon, strings & continuo in A minor, RV 499
Title: Bassoon Concerto, for bassoon, strings & continuo in C major, RV 466
Title: Bassoon Concerto, for bassoon, strings & continuo in F major, RV 486
Title: Bassoon Concerto, For Bassoon, Strings & Continuo In C Major, Rv 474
Title: Bassoon Concerto, for bassoon, strings & continuo in F major, RV 487

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