Podcast about the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, an orchestra that trail-blazed the idea of players from many countries dropping their normal commitments and travelling to perform together with the world's greatest conductors and soloists. Through our interviews, we will explore the stories of the people who formed, built and run the orchestra as well as those who perform in and with it. We'll introduce new recordings and talk about the music with the people who know it best – those who bring it off the page and into our heads.
Interlude: COE@40 Episode 1 - The COE's genesis
In the next three episodes of the COE's podcast, we celebrate the Orchestra's 40th anniversary since its launch concert in 1981. In this episode, we look back at the very beginnings of the COE, how the idea came about, the amazing energy and passion from all those who helped found the ensemble and the incredible challenges that they had to navigate. We hear from many of the founder members as well as James Judd, Peter and Victoria Readman, without whom the COE would not be here today.
Interlude: Interview with COE Second oboe and Cor Anglais Rachel Frost
In this episode, Simon Mundy finds about the meeting of two souls, what differentiates the oboe, the cor anglais and the oboe d'amore and what happened to the COE winds in Peru.
Interlude: Interview with Jaime Martin, former COE Principal Flute
In this episode, conductor Jaime Martin - former principal flute of the COE - talks to Simon Mundy about his COE experience: the thrill of being invited to play with the Orchestra for the first time, the conductors and soloists who have taught him the most, how he handed over to Clara Andrada (see episode 5) and why he decided to swap his flute for a baton.
Interlude: Interview with Nick Eastop (Bass Trombone) and Ulrika Jansson (Violin)
In this interview with husband and wife, Nick Eastop and Ulrika Jansson, Simon Mundy explores one of the COE's "romantic successes" and quizzes them on many topics including their instruments and which musicians have inspired them most over their COE years.
Interlude: Interview with COE Principal Flute Clara Andrada de la Calle
In our first episode of the year, Simon Mundy is in conversation with the COE's Principal Flute, Clara Andrada de la Calle, who comes from Salamanca in Spain and is also Principal Flute of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Taught by Emmanuel Pahud and Jaime Martin (former COE Principal Flute himself), she heard the COE live for the first in 2002, in a concert with Claudio Abbado in Paris. Clara tells her COE story...
Part II: Making of the Schubert Symphonies box-set (COE/Harnoncourt)
In this episode - the second of a two-part documentary about the making of our Schubert Symphonies with Nikolaus Harnoncourt in the hot summer of 1988, in Graz, Austria - Simon Mundy talks to Enno Senft, Elizabeth Wexler, Thierry Fischer and Christian Eisenberger about the unique experience of working with Nikolaus Harnoncourt.