Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre National

The Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1855. Over the years, its conductors have included such illustrious names as Hans Pfitzner, Otto Klemperer, George Szell, Hans Rosbaud, Ernest Bour, Alceo Galliera, Alain Lombard, Theodor Guschlbauer, Jan Latham-Koenig and Marc Albrecht. Marko Letonja has been Music Director since September 2012.

The list of the orchestra's guest conductors is equally impressive including Felix Mottl, Edouard Colonne, Paul Paray, Hermann Scherchen, Ernest Ansermet, Charles Munch and Wilhelm Furtwängler. Furtwängler wrote his Te Deum in Strasbourg in 1911. Composers such as Berlioz, Brahms, Saint-Saëns, Mahler, Richard Strauss, Reger, d'Indy, Boulez, Lutosławski and Penderecki have conducted the orchestra in performances of their works.

Today, the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra is a 110-member ensemble with a considerable international reputation acquired through tours, recordings and TV broadcasts. The orchestra has
appeared in many European countries (Austria, the UK, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Italy, Greece, Poland), in Japan on several occasions, and in Brazil and Argentina.

The orchestra has also visited distinguished music festivals in Paris, Montreux, Ascona, London, Bratislava, Besan.on, Orange, Aix-en-Provence, Montpellier, Saint-Denis, Athens, Grenada and
Flanders and on the Canary Islands. The orchestra also performed in Lissabon and Luxembourg in the years when those cities were European Capitals of Culture. In its home city, the orchestra gives
more than 50 concerts a year, appears at local music festivals and contributes to productions of the Opera National du Rhin.

The orchestra has released several award-winning recordings of music from the 18th to 20th centuries. The orchestra was awarded the European Symphony Orchestra Prize in 1996 and the Claude Rostand Prize for the production of the opera Dialogue des Carmélites in 1999. In 1994, it was granted the title of ‘Orchestre national' by the French Ministry of Culture.

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Kaija Saariaho

70 Years

(Digital album)


ODE 1407-2

Released 01/2023

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Kaija Saariaho
Quatre instants (2002)
Terra memoria for String Orchestra
Émilie Suite

Karen Vourc'h, soprano
Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg
Marko Letonja, conductor
ODE 1255-2

Released 01/2015

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