2018 Orchestra of the Year Award nominee: Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Gramophone Fri 1st June 2018

Discover why the COE has been nominated for the 2018 Gramophone Orchestra of the Year Award

Gramophone Orchestra of the Year

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.

Orchestra of the Year 2018: the nominees

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra

Il Pomo d'Oro

Les Siècles

Seattle Symphony

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

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