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Basel Chamber Orchestra

Posted on 16 Nov 2015 by Leo Messias


"One of the most exciting formations to be touring on the international orchestra scene." Fono Forum (Germany)

"… a formidably versatile ensemble…” Le Temps (France ) 

The Basel Chamber Orchestra (BCO) is the custodian of a remarkable repertoire: Bartók, Stravinsky, Richard Strauss, Honegger, Birtwistle, Boulez, and more, were all commissioned by Paul Sacher, the founder of an earlier incarnation of the BCO.

The BCO is one of the leading chamber orchestras on the international music scene with a multiplicity of ambitious plans for the future, including combining with the Italian ensemble Il Giardino Armonico, to take turns at performing and recording all of Haydn’s 107 symphonies between now and 2032. BCO has already recorded Beethoven Symphonies 1 to 8, and was named ‘Ensemble of the Year’ by the prestigious European ECHO Klassik Awards for its recordings of Beethoven’s Symphonies 3 and 4.

In this concert, Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta takes the solo role in the ever popular Fauré and Saint-Saëns; in the Cello Concerto penned by prolific composer and cellist Boccherini, and in the Australian premiere of Vasks’ Cello Concerto No.2. The BCO also plays the Australian premiere of Meta arca written by famed oboist, conductor and composer, Heinz Holliger; Bartók’s Divertimento, commissioned by Paul Sacher, and which the ACO has played all over the world; and Haydn’s almost theatrically daring Symphony No.59. 

Basel Chamber Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings in C major at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.