No stranger to the Gramophone Awards, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, established in 1981, is an ensemble of versatility, characterised by some very classy playing. Long associated with Abbado, Haitink and Harnoncourt, the COE can, chameleon-like, give its conductors playing of enormous variety and elegance. Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s Mendelssohn symphony cycle – itself embracing a wide range of ensemble work – was a highlight of the year yet his Prokofiev, with Lisa Batiashvili, found the COE assuming a quite different colour and approach. Then, joined by Piotr Anderszewski as pianist-director, we were treated to two Mozart piano concertos of sublime beauty and assurance.
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