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Europa Galante

Europa Galante

One of the world’s oldest orchestras (in 2015, it celebrated its 250th anniversary), boasting an illustrious history (Edvard Grieg was artistic director in the years 1880–1882). It currently enjoys the status of a Norwegian national orchestra, and its chief conductor is Edward Gardner. The Bergen Philharmonic has recently played in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Vienna and Berlin philharmonic halls, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York and also at the BBC Proms. In 2015, through its website, BergenPhiLive.no, the orchestra made available recordings and transmissions of its concerts. Every year, the orchestra releases CDs, to critical acclaim, including a Grammynominated recording of Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass, Schönberg’s Gurre-Lieder and songs by Sibelius (with Gerald Finley as soloist). Recording projects include series and individual albums, such as the complete orchestral music of Grieg, the symphonies, ballet suites and concertos of Prokofiev, ballets by Stravinsky, works by Janáček, and Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie. The orchestra has worked and recorded with soloists including Leif Ove Andsnes, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, James Ehnes, Stuart Skelton, Alban Gerhardt, Vadim Gluzman, Stephen Hough, Freddy Kempf, Truls Mørk, Steven Osborne and Lawrence Power. The orchestra also has a youth ensemble, the Bergen Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.


 

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