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Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris
Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire (Symphony Orchestra)

Founded: 1828 - Paris, France
Disbanded: 1967

The Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire or Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris was a symphony orchestra established in Paris in 1828. It gave its first concert on 9 March 1828 with music by L.v. Beethoven, Rossini, Meifreid, Rode and Cherubini.

Administered by the philharmonic association of the Paris Conservatoire, the orchestra consisted of professors of the Conservatoire and their pupils. It was formed by François-Antoine Habeneck in pioneering fashion, aiming to present L.v. Beethoven's symphonies, but over time it became more conservative in its programming.

Its long existence kept the tradition of playing taught at the Conservatoire prominent in French musical life. The orchestra occupied the center-stage of French musical life throughout the 19th and most of the 20th centuries. A major tour of the USA took place in 1918, appearing in 52 cities. Later that year it made the first of its many recordings.

In 1967, financial difficulties, along with irregular work for the players and poor pay led to a decision by the French government to form a new orchestra. Following auditions chaired by Charles Munch, 108 musicians were chosen (of whom 50 were from the Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris) for the newly created Orchestre de Paris, which gave its first concert on 14 November 1967 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

Premieres given by the orchestra include Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, Camille Saint-Saëns' Cello Concerto No. 1, and César Franck's Symphony.

Chief Conductors

François-Antoine Habeneck (1828-1848)
Narcisse Girard (1848-1860)
Théophile Tilmant (1860-1863)
François George-Hainl (1863-1872)
Édouard Deldevez (1872-1885)
Jules Garcin (1885-1892)
Paul Taffanel (1892-1901)
Georges Marty (1901-1908)
André Messager (1908-1919)
Philippe Gaubert (1919-1938)
Charles Munch (1938-1946); Jean Martinon (Assistant Conductor: 1944-1946)
André Cluytens (1946-1960)
No Principal Conductor was appointed during the orchestra's final years (1960-1967)

 

Source: Wikipedia Website (May 2013)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2014)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

Conductor

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Works

Charles Munch

Orchestra

BWV 189 [w/ Pierre Bernac]

Recordings of Arrangements/Transcriptions of Bach’s Works

Conductor

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Works

Georges Prêtre

Orchestra

A. Berg: Violin Concerto ("To the memory of an angel") [w/ violinist Christian Ferras]

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