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The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century (Dutch: Orkest van de Achttiende Eeuw) is a Dutch early music orchestra. Frans Brüggen and Sieuwert Verster co-founded the orchestra in 1981. Although he did not have a formal title with the orchestra, Brüggen served as the de facto principal conductor of the orchestra from its founding until his death in 2014. Verster has served as the orchestra's manager since its founding.

As of August 2014, the orchestra consists of 55 members, from many different countries, who all play on period instruments. The group was formed as a collective, so all orchestra members and the conductor receive equal shares of concert earnings. The orchestra does not audition its members, but receives them through word-of-mouth invitations.

The orchestra has toured widely both in Europe and America and recorded extensively with Philips Classics, including symphonies of Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart. In more recent years, the orchestra has recorded for the Glossa label.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Piano Concertos, KV 466 & 491 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen, John Gibbons 1
1989 Serenade in B-flat, K. 361 “Gran Partita” Mozart; Members of the Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen 2
1990 Symphonies nos. 7 & 8 Beethoven; Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen 1
1990 Mozart: Symphony No. 40 / Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 Mozart, Beethoven; Frans Brüggen, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century 1
1994 Symphonies 97 & 98 Haydn; Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Frans Brüggen 1
1996 Symphonies nos. 2, 3 & 5 Franz Schubert; Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Frans Brüggen 1
1996 Symphony No. 40, Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter" Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen 1
2009 Symphonien Nr.3 "Schottische" & Nr.4 "Italienische" Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy; Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen 1
2013 Clarinet Concerto Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Eric Hoeprich, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Frans Brüggen 1
Concerti per Flauto, Archi e Cembalo, op. 10 Antonio Vivaldi; Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Frans Brüggen 2
Symphony no. 3 Beethoven; Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen 1
Violin Concerto and Romances Beethoven; Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Frans Brüggen, Thomas Zehetmair 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Haffner Serenade Mozart; Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen, Lucy van Dael 1
1994 The 9 Symphonies Beethoven; Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen 1
1996 Symphonies nos. 29, 33 & 31 Mozart; Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Frans Brüggen 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Symphony No. 5 / Coriolan Overture / Egmont Overture Beethoven; Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen 1
1997 Symphonies no. 94 "Surprise", nos. 95 & 96 "Miracle" Joseph Haydn; Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Brüggen 1
2012 The Symphonies Ludwig van Beethoven; Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Frans Brüggen 1

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