Melos Ensemble

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This is the Melos Ensemble of London, to not be confused with the german Melos Quartet, or the italian Melos Art Ensemble.
They disbanded in 1973, but reformed in 1974 featuring some of the original performers.

Annotation last modified on 2008-01-27 10:08 UTC.


The Melos Ensemble is a group of musicians who started in 1950 in London to play chamber music in mixed instrumentation of string instruments, wind instruments and others. The ensemble's reputation for excellence has encouraged composers to write music exploring these resources. Benjamin Britten composed the chamber music for his War Requiem for the Melos Ensemble and conducted the group in the first performance in Coventry.

They should not be confused with two other chamber groups of similar name, the Melos Quartet or the Melos Art Ensemble (an Italian group).

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1965 Two Choruses, Op.14 / Leopardi Fragments for soprano, contralto and chamber orchestra / Symphony for voices / Calendar for chamber ensemble Alexander Goehr / Sir Peter Maxwell Davies / Malcolm Williamson / Richard Rodney Bennett, John Alldis conducting The John Alldis Choir, Geoffrey Shaw, Pauline Stevens, Rosemary Phillips, Mary Thomas, John Carewe conducting members of the Melos Ensemble: Richard Adeney, Peter Graeme, Gervase de Peyer, William Waterhouse, Philip Jones, Arthur Wilson, Osian Ellis, Terence Weil, Lamar Crowson, James Blades, Stephen Whittaker, Emanuel Hurwitz & Cecil Aronowitz 1
1989 Clarinet Quintets Mozart, Brahms; Melos Ensemble of London, Gervase de Peyer 1
2005 Clarinet Sonatas Nos. 1-2 / Fantasiestücke and Märchenerzählungen Brahms, Schumann; Melos Ensemble, Daniel Barenboim, Gervase de Peyer 1
Bartok, Francaix, Khachaturian, Milhaud, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Ravel, Skalkottas - Chamber Music Melos Ensemble 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Franck / Debussy / Ravel Franck, Debussy, Ravel; Kyung Wha-Chung, Radu Lupu, Osian Ellis, Melos Ensemble 1
2006 Octets / Septet Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert; Melos Ensemble of London 1
2008 Symphonies 1-6 / Overtures / Concertos / Wind Quintet / Piano Music Nielsen; Leif Ove Andsnes, Melos Ensemble, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt 1
Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2 / Notturno / 'Trout' Quintet / Adagio & Rondo Schubert; Beaux Arts Trio, Melos Ensemble of London 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 War Requiem Britten; Stefania Woytowicz, Peter Pears, Hans Wilbrink, Melos Ensemble, Benjamin Britten, Wandsworth School Boys' Choir, New Philharmonia Chorus, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini 1

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