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The Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire was a symphony orchestra established in Paris in 1828. It gave its first concert on 9 March 1828 with music by Beethoven, Rossini, Meifreid, Rode and Cherubini.

Administered by the philharmonic association of the Paris Conservatoire, the orchestra consisted of professors of the Conservatoire and their pupils. It was formed by François-Antoine Habeneck in pioneering fashion, aiming to present Beethoven's symphonies, but over time it became more conservative in its programming.

Its long existence kept the tradition of playing taught at the Conservatoire prominent in French musical life. The orchestra occupied the center-stage of French musical life throughout the 19th and most of the 20th centuries. A major tour of the USA took place in 1918, appearing in 52 cities. Later that year it made the first of its many recordings.

In 1967, financial difficulties, along with irregular work for the players and poor pay led to a decision by the French government to form a new orchestra. Following auditions chaired by Charles Munch, 108 musicians were chosen (of whom 50 were from the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra) for the newly created Orchestre de Paris, which gave its first concert on 14 November 1967 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

The chief conductors of the orchestra were:

  • François-Antoine Habeneck 1828-1848
  • Narcisse Girard 1848-1860
  • Théophile Tilmant 1860-1863
  • François George-Hainl 1863-1872
  • Édouard Deldevez 1872-1885
  • Jules Garcin 1885-1892
  • Paul Taffanel 1892-1901
  • Georges Marty 1901-1908
  • André Messager 1908-1919
  • Philippe Gaubert 1919-1938
  • Charles Münch 1938-1946
  • André Cluytens 1946-1960.

No Principal Conductor was appointed during the orchestra's final years 1960-1967.

Premieres given by the orchestra include Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, Saint-Saëns's Cello Concerto No. 1, and Franck's Symphony.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1957 The Nutcracker: Suites 1 and 2 Tchaikovsky; Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Fistoulari 1
1959 Giselle - The Music...The Pictures...The Story Adam - Albert Wolff, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra 1
1961 Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto / Mozart: Violin Concerto no. 3 Felix Mendelssohn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Leonid Kogan, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Constantin Silvestri 1
1963 Callas à Paris II Maria Callas, Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Georges Prêtre 2
1965 Symphonie Fantastique, op. 14 Berlioz; Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Ataúlfo Argenta 1
1967 Poulenc: Les Animaux modèles / Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des animaux Saint‐Saëns, Poulenc; Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Aldo Ciccolini, Alexis Weissenberg, Georges Prêtre 1
1987 Boléro / La Valse / Rapsodie espagnole / Menuet antique / Pavane pour une infante défunte / Alborada del gracioso / Une barque sur l’océan Maurice Ravel; Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, André Cluytens 1
1987 Boris Godunov Mussorgsky; Boris Christoff, Chorus of the National Opera of Sofia, Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, André Cluytens 2
1989 Tosca (1964 studio cast) Giacomo Puccini; Maria Callas, Carlo Bergonzi, Tito Gobbi, Chœurs du Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris, Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Georges Prêtre 2
1997 Mozart / Beethoven / Weber Arias Maria Callas, Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Nicola Rescigno 1
1997 Rossini / Donizetti Arias Gioachino Rossini, Gaetano Donizetti; Maria Callas, Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Nicola Rescigno 2
1997 Verdi Arias II Giuseppe Verdi; Maria Callas, Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Nicola Rescigno 1
1997 Verdi Arias III Giuseppe Verdi; Maria Callas, Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris, Nicola Rescigno 1
2010 Fauré: Requiem / Debussy: Images Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy; André Cluytens, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Victoria de los Ángeles, Chœurs Elisabeth Brasseur, Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 1
Boléro / La Valse / Rapsodie espagnole / Valses nobles et sentimentales / Menuet antique / Pavane pour une infante défunte / Le Tombeau de Couperin / Ma Mère l'Oye / Alborada del gracioso / Une barque sur l’océan Ravel; Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, André Cluytens 1
L'Auberge du cheval blanc (extraits) Ralph Benatzky; Bourvil, Andrine Forli, Michel Denis, Janine Ervil, Pierre Germain, Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Félix Nuvolone 1
Piano Concerto in G Major / Piano Concerto in D Major for the Left Hand Maurice Ravel; Samson François, Paris Consevatoire Orchestra, André Cluytens 1
The Isle of the Dead / La Péri Rachmaninov, Dukas; Ernest Ansermet conducting L’Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Piano Concertos / Gaspard de la Nuit Maurice Ravel; Samson François, Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, André Cluytens 1
2003 Pelléas et Mélisande Claude Debussy; Jacques Jansen, Irène Joachim, Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Roger Désormière 1
2008 Sibelius: Symphonies nos. 2 & 4 / Tapiola / Rachmaninov: The Isle of the Dead Sibelius, Rachmaninov; L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Ernest Ansermet 1
2014 Scheherazade / Le Coq d’Or — Suite Rimsky-Korsakov; Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet 1

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