La Chambre Philharmonique, created under the aegis of Emmanuel Krivine, is the result of a utopian ideal. A new type of orchestra, composed of instrumentalists from the finest European ensembles with a common musical purpose, La Chambre Philharmonique places pleasure and discovery at the heart of its musical adventure. Its structure is original, in that conductor and players enjoy equal status and current members choose new players, which encourages a sense of cohesion. A project-based ensemble, La Chambre Philharmonique is also a space for research and exchange. The size of the ensemble is flexible, bringing together players, instruments and historical techniques as appropriate for each programme.
Since its debut at La Folle Journée de Nantes in 2004, La Chambre Philharmonique has met with keen interest wherever it has played, for example at the Cité de la musique in Paris, the Opéra Royal in Versailles, the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, in Metz, Grenoble, Montpellier, Monte-Carlo, Martigues, Caen, Amiens, etc.). Notable guest soloists have included Viktoria Mullova, Andreas Staier, Emanuel Ax, Pieter Wispelwey, Ronald Brautigam, Alexander Janiczek, David Guerrier, and Robert Levin. It has broadened its horizons to include the music of today by creating works by composers such as Bruno Mantovani in 2005 (commissioned by La Chambre Philharmonique) and Yan Maresz in 2006 (commissioned by Mécénat Musical Société Générale).
The orchestra's first recording, Mozart's C minor Mass (2005), marked the beginning of its collaboration with Naïve. The first-ever recording on period instruments of Dvořák's Symphony from the New World, coupled with Schumann's Konzertstück for four horns and orchestra, won a Classique d'Or RTL on its release in 2008. Its CDs of Mendelssohn (2007) and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (2009) won numerous awards in the press including ƒƒƒƒ in Télérama. The orchestra's performances of Franck's Symphony in D minor and Fauré's Requiem at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France were the subkect of two Maestro programmes on Arte and a series of broadcasts on France Télévision.
The performances of the complete Beethoven symphonies in three French partner venues (Cité de la musique in Paris, MC2: Grenoble, Théâtre de Caen) and their recording for Naïve in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons marked a key moment in the orchestra's artistic project. For this reason it received exceptional support from Mécénat Musical Société Générale and Spedidam to make possible CD releases of the Ninth Symphony in 2010 and the complete cycle in March 2011.
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