"The best chamber orchestra in the world." The Daily Telegraph
“Janiczek is an outstanding young conductor and soloist.” Audiophile Audition
The Chamber Orchestra of Europe performs Stravinsky's Apollon Musagète and Pulcinella Suite, repertoire that demands the fresh and energetic delivery for which the COE is renowned.
The COE deliver the “wonderful freshness" Stravinsky himself envisioned in Apollon Musagète with their bright and spirited performance. The Guardian commented: “In Stravinsky's Apollon Musagète each and every player contributed to the distinctive, rich-toned sonority.”
The Pulcinella Suite is a ballet based on some of Pergolesi's most memorable music. The COE has recorded the more unusual 1949 'revised' version of the 1922 concert suite which is in eight sections and performed without voices. The Independent commented: “Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite brimmed over with the energy and insight of first-rate musicians discovering every opportunity such sunny music offered them.”
In 2008, the COE performed this Stravinsky programme at Royal Festival Hall, London and Symphony Hall, Birmingham to widespread critical acclaim.
The Chamber Orchestra of Europe is a multi-award winning orchestra having won three Gramophone 'Record of the Year' awards, the ‘Best Classical Vocal Performance’ category in the annual Grammy Awards (2004), and the Midem 2008 ‘Classical Download’ Award.
In 2006 COE celebrated its Silver Jubilee with a series of concerts in London and has performed at the Proms and Edinburgh International Festival.
Alexander Janiczek expertly directs the COE contributing to the distinctive, rich-toned sonority of the string section. He has performed with the UK’s leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
The partnership of the COE and Linn Records, both multi award-winning leaders in their field, results in an outstanding recording of some of Stravinsky’s most enjoyable ballet music.
“The COE's leader Alexander Janiczek directs these readings… In Stravinsky's ballet blanc for string orchestra, Apollon… he steers a middle way between the suave smoothness of the Karajan approach and the edgy haste Stravinsky's own later readings tended to take on. Tempos are moderate, but there is no lack of spring to the rhythms while the opening of the 'Pas de Deux' is mesmerising in its translucent poise. The Suite from the Baroque make-over Pulcinella (1920) is an altogether livelier, gutsier affair as delivered here, with a terrific rhythmic snap to the finale.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2009 ****
“Stylish, lyrical readings of two of Stravinsky's ballets from the '20s. …what comes over in these new recordings by the justly lauded Chamber Orchestra of Europe is the lyricism of Apollo. …this impeccable and stylish performance radiates melodic appeal devoid of sentimentality.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2010
“Rather than use a conductor, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe is directed by its leader, Alexander Janiczek. It's an approach that works well with the Pulcinella Suite, but is less successful when it comes to Apollon Musagète.” The Guardian, 11th September 2009