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The English Chamber Orchestra (ECO) is a British chamber orchestra based in London. The full orchestra regularly plays concerts at Cadogan Hall, and the ECO Ensemble performs at Wigmore Hall. The orchestra regularly tours in the UK and internationally, and holds the distinction of not only having the most extensive discography of any chamber orchestra, but also of being the most well-travelled orchestra in the world; no other orchestra has played concerts in as many countries as the ECO.

The ECO has its roots in the Goldsbrough Orchestra, founded in 1948 by Lawrence Leonard and Arnold Goldsbrough. The group took its current name in 1960, when it expanded its repertoire beyond the Baroque period for the first time. Its repertoire remained limited by the group's size, which has stayed fairly consistently at around the size of an orchestra of Mozart's time.

Shortly afterwards, it became closely associated with the Aldeburgh Festival, playing in the premieres of Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Owen Wingrave, Curlew River and several other of his works. Britten conducted the orchestra on several occasions, and made a number of records with the group.

The orchestra did not at this time have a principal conductor, but worked closely with a succession of guest conductors including Raymond Leppard, Colin Davis and Daniel Barenboim. In 1985 Jeffrey Tate was appointed the ensemble's first principal conductor. In 2000, Ralf Gothóni was appointed the ECO's second principal conductor.

In June 2009, the ECO named Paul Watkins its new music director, effective with the 2009-2010 season, for an initial contract of three years. Currently, the ECO's principal guest conductor is Roy Goodman.

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Discography

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1975 Violin Concertos, Album 2 J. S. Bach; Itzhak Perlman, Neil Black, The English Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim 1
1978 Piano Concertos No. 9 & 21 Mozart; English Chamber Orchestra, Murray Perahia 2
1978 Piano Concertos No. 20 & 27 Mozart; English Chamber Orchestra, Murray Perahia 1
1979 Baroque Favorites Albinoni, Bach, Cimarosa, Marcello, Vivaldi; Liona Boyd, English Chamber Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis 4 1
1980 Piano Concertos Nos. 11, 12, and 14 Mozart; English Chamber Orchestra, Murray Perahia 1
1983 Barber: Cello Concerto / Shostakovich: Cello Concerto no. 1 Barber, Shostakovich; Raphael Wallfisch, English Chamber Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon 1
1983 Chants d'Auvergne, Vol. 1 Canteloube; Kiri Te Kanawa, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 3
1983 Handel Coronation Anthems Choir of King’s College, Cambridge,English Chamber Orchestra, Sir Philip Ledger,Sir David Willcocks 1
1983 Music for Cello & Orchestra Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; English Chamber Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon, Raphael Wallfisch 1
1983 Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2 / The Assault on Beautiful Gorky Shostakovich; English Chamber Orchestra, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Dmitri Alexeev, Philip Jones 2
1983 Piano Concertos Nos. 15 & 16 Mozart; English Chamber Orchestra, Murray Perahia 1
1983 Suite for Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Piano Trio Claude Bolling; English Chamber Orchestra, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Claude Bolling 2
1983 Water Music Georg Friedrich Händel; English Chamber Orchestra, George Malcolm 1
1984 Baroque Music for Trumpet Wynton Marsalis, Edita Gruberova, English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard 1
1984 Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne, Vol. 2 / Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 Joseph Canteloube, Heitor Villa‐Lobos; Kiri Te Kanawa, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 2
1984 Horn Concertos Mozart; English Chamber Orchestra, Barry Tuckwell 1
1984 Symphonies no. 40 / no. 41 ‘Jupiter’ Mozart; English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 1
1985 Concierto de Aranjuez / Fantasía para un gentilhombre Joaquín Rodrigo; Narciso Yepes, Philharmonia Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, García Navarro 1
1985 Clarinet Concerto / Flute and Harp Concerto Mozart; English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard, Emma Johnson, William Bennett, Osian Ellis 1
1985 Piano Concertos no. 25, K. 503 & no. 5, K. 175 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Murray Perahia, English Chamber Orchestra 1
1985 Symphonies nos. 7 and 8 Beethoven; English Chamber Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas 1
1986 Piano Concertos Nos. 20 & 21 Mozart; Mitsuko Uchida, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 1
1986 Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K622 / Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K581 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Thea King, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate, Gabrieli String Quartet 3
1986 Concerti for Bassoon and Orchestra, Volume 1 Antonio Vivaldi; Daniel Smith, English Chamber Orchestra, Philip Ledger 4 1
1986 Crusell: Concerto no. 2 (Grand), op. 5 / Weber: Concertino, op. 26 / Baermann: Adagio / Rossini: Introduction, Theme and Variations Crusell, Weber, Baermann, Rossini; Emma Johnson, English Chamber Orchestra, Sir Charles Groves 1
1986 Piano Concerto No. 20 / Piano Concerto No. 27 Mozart; English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten, Clifford Curzon 1
1986 Quartet no. 14 in D minor / Der Tod und das Mädchen (Lied) Franz Schubert, arr. Gustav Mahler; English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate, Ann Murray 1
1986 Vienna, City of my Dreams Plácido Domingo, English Chamber Orchestra, The Ambrosian Singers, Julius Rudel 5 5
1987 Requiem / Four Motets Duruflé; Corydon Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best 2
1987 Piano Concertos Nos. 22 & 23 Mozart; Mitsuko Uchida, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 1
1987 Clarinet Concerto no. 1 and other works Weber, Crusell, Tartini, Debussy; Emma Johnson, English Chamber Orchestra, Yan Pascal Tortelier 3
1987 Horn Concertos 1-4 Mozart; English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate; Radovan Vlatković 2
1987 Mozart: Serenade No. 7 in D ("Haffner") Mozart; English Chamber Orchestra, Pinchas Zukerman 1
1987 Piano Concerto in B minor, op. 89 / Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 85 Johann Nepomuk Hummel; English Chamber Orchestra, Bryden Thomson, Stephen Hough 1
1987 Piano Concertos 17 & 26 Mozart; English Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim 1
1987 Talking Pictures: Songs From the Movies Joan Sutherland, English Chamber Orchestra, Richard Bonynge 1
1987 The Banks of Green Willow English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate, Ann Murray 1
1987 Three Bassoon Concerti Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Christian Bach, Christoph Graupner; Daniel Smith, Sir Philip Ledger, English Chamber Orchestra 1
1987 Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 5 / Adagio for Violin and Orchestra Mozart; Cho-Liang Lin, English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard 1
1988 Baroque Music for Trumpets Wynton Marsalis, English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard 3
1988 Cembalo-Konzerte BWV 1052, BWV 1053, BWV 1055, BWV 1056 J.S. Bach; English Chamber Orchestra, Kenneth Gilbert 1
1988 Dixit Dominus / Laudate pueri Dominum Georg Friedrich Händel; Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, English Chamber Orchestra, Stephen Cleobury 1
1988 Piano Concertos 1-6 / Concerto for Three Pianos Mozart; ECO, Barenboim, Fou Ts'ong, Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
1988 Piano Concertos Nos. 18 & 19 Mozart; English Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim 1
1988 Symphony No. 9 "Choral" Beethoven; English Chamber Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas 1
1988 Triple Concerto in C major, op. 56 Ludwig van Beethoven; Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, English Chamber Orchestra, Sir Alexander Gibson 1
1988 Violin Concerto / Romances nos. 1 & 2 Beethoven; English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate, Frank Peter Zimmermann 3 4
1988 Violin Concertos Mendelssohn, Bruch, Schubert; Nigel Kennedy, Jeffrey Tate, English Chamber Orchestra 1
1988 Violin Concertos no. 1, K.207 & no. 4, K.218 Mozart; English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard, Cho-Liang Lin 1
1989 Saint Nicolas / Hymn to Saint Cecilia Benjamin Britten; Corydon Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best, Anthony Rolfe Johnson 2
1989 The Four Seasons Vivaldi; Mariko Senju, English Chamber Orchestra, Kurt Redel 1
1989 Sacred Choral Music, Volume 3: Kyrie RV 587 / Gloria RV 588 / Credo RV 591 Vivaldi; John Alldis Choir, English Chamber Orchestra, Vittorio Negri 1
1989 Requiem / Messe Basse / Cantique de Jean Racine / Motets Gabriel Fauré; Corydon Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Matthew Best 5 2
1989 Guitar Concertos John Williams, English Chamber Orchestra, Charles Groves 1
1989 Piano Concertos Nos. 18, 19 Mozart; Mitsuko Uchida, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 1
1989 Piano Concertos Nos. 24, 25 Mozart; Mitsuko Uchida, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 1
1989 Sacred Choral Music, Volume 4 Vivaldi; John Alldis Choir, English Chamber Orchestra, Vittorio Negri 1
1989 The Four Seasons Vivaldi; Nigel Kennedy, English Chamber Orchestra 5 5
1989 Violin Concertos / Concerto for Violin and Oboe Johann Sebastian Bach; English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate, Frank-Peter Zimmermann, Neil Black 1
1990 Serenade to Music / Flos Campi / Five Mystical Songs / Fantasia on Christmas Carols Ralph Vaughan Williams; Corydon Singers, Matthew Best, English Chamber Orchestra 2
1990 Concerto for Two Violins in D minor / Violin Concertos in A minor & E major Bach; Anne-Sophie Mutter, English Chamber Orchestra, Salvatore Accardo 1
1990 Concierto de Aranjuez / Fantasía para un gentilhombre Joaquín Rodrigo; John Williams, Philadelphia Orchestra, Ormandy, English Chamber Orchestra, Groves 1
1990 "Brandenburg" Concertos nos. 1, 2, & 3 Bach; English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard 1
1990 Hornkonzerte 1 & 2 / Andante / "Alphorn" Strauss; Radovan Vlatković, Ann Murray, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 1
1990 Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 1, K. 107 / Schröter: Piano Concerto in C major, Op. 3 No. 3 Mozart, J. S. Schröter; English Chamber Orchestra, Murray Perahia 1
1990 Piano Concerto no. 22 and no. 24 Mozart; English Chamber Orchestra, Murray Perahia 1
1990 Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major / Symphony no. 39 in E-flat major Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; English Chamber Orchestra, Sir Alexander Gibson, Norbert Brainin, Peter Schidlof, The London Philharmonic, Vernon Handley 1
1990 The Messiah (Highlights) Handel; English Chamber Orchestra, Johannes Somary 2
1990 Violin Concerto No. 2 K. 211 Mozart; Cho-Liang Lin, English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard 1
1991 Concertos for Two & Three Pianos Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Murray Perahia, Radu Lupu, English Chamber Orchestra 2
1991 Clarinet Concerto / Clarinet Quintet Mozart; Richard Stoltzman, Tokyo String Quartet, English Chamber Orchestra 2
1991 Piano Concertos Nos. 9 & 21 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Alicia de Larrocha, English Chamber Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
1991 Dido & Aeneas Purcell; Troyanos, Palmer, Stilwell, English Chamber Choir & Orchestra, Raymond Leppard 1
1991 Oboe Concertos K. 313 & 314 / Andante K. 315 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Fumiaki Miyamoto, English Chamber Orchestra, José-Luis Garcia 1
1991 Piano Concertos Mozart; Mitsuko Uchida, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 1
1991 Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major, K. 364 / Concertone in C major, K. 190 Mozart; English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard, Cho-Liang Lin, Jaime Laredo 1
1992 Tausch: Double Clarinet Concertos, opp. 26, 27 / Süssmayr: Concerto Movement in D Franz Wilhelm Tausch, Franz Xaver Süssmayr; Thea King, Nicholas Bucknall, English Chamber Orchestra, Leopold Hager 2
1992 Messiah George Frideric Handel; English Chamber Orchestra, Richard Bonynge 1
1992 Le Corsaire Adam; English Chamber Orchestra, Richard Bonynge 3
1992 Music for the Royal Fireworks / Water Music George Frideric Handel; English Chamber Orchestra, Johannes Somary, Camerata of St. Andrew, Leonard Friedman, Amor Artis Chorale 1
1992 World Anthems English Chamber Orchestra 2
1993 Il matrimonio segreto Domenico Cimarosa; Arleen Augér, Julia Hamari, Júlia Várady, Ryland Davies, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Alberto Rinaldi, English Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim 1
1993 Vaughan Williams: Greensleeves, The Lark Ascending, Oboe Concerto / Delius: Summer Night on the River, On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring Vaughan Williams, Delius; English Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim, Pinchas Zukerman, Neil Black 1
1993 Clarinet Concertos Mozart, Busoni, Copland; English Chamber Orchestra, David Zinman, Paul Meyer 1
1993 Concerti K242, K365, K466 Mozart; English Chamber Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti, Daniel Barenboim, András Schiff 1
1993 Messiah Handel; Dame Joan Sutherland, Huguette Tourangeau, Leopold Krenn, Tom Krause, The Ambrosian Singers, English Chamber Orchestra, Richard Bonynge 1
1993 Piano Concertos No. 19, K. 459 and No. 23, K. 488 Mozart; English Chamber Orchestra, Murray Perahia 1
1993 Requiem Bruckner; English Chamber Orchestra, Corydon Singers, Matthew Best 1
1994 The London Concert Joseph Haydn, Leopold Mozart, Johann Friedrich Fasch, Johann Nepomuk Hummel; Wynton Marsalis, English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard 4
1995 St. John Passion Johann Sebastian Bach; Wandsworth School Boys' Choir, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 1
1995 St. Paul's Suite / A Fugal Concerto / Brooks Green Suite / A Somerset Rhapsody Gustav Holst; English Chamber Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin 1
1995 Symphony no. 2 / Serenade for Strings / Elegy Sir Edward Elgar; London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim 1
1995 Serenades for Strings Пётр Ильич Чайковский, Antonín Dvořák; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan, English Chamber Orchestra, Rafael Kubelík 1
1995 Handel: Dixit Dominus / Laudate pueri Dominum / Organ Concerto "The Cuckoo and the Nighingale" George Frideric Handel, Isobel Buchanan, Carol-Anne Mackay, Michael Chance, William Kendall, Henry Herford, Charles Tunnell, Stephen Layton, Richard Farnes, Neil Black, Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, English Chamber Orchestra, Stephen Cleobury, Peter Hurford, Concertgebouw Kamerorkest & Joshua Rifkin 1
1995 Le Domino noir / Gustave III - Ballet Music Auber; Sumi Jo; English Chamber Orchestra, Richard Bonynge 1
1995 Symphony No. 25, K. 183 / Serenata notturna, K. 239 / Symphony No. 29, K. 201 / Symphony No. 40, K. 550 / Symphony No. 38, K. 504 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 1
1996 The Complete Piano Concertos Giovanni Paisiello; Mariaclara Monetti, English Chamber Orchestra 1
1996 Bassoon Concertos, Volume One Antonio Vivaldi; Daniel Smith, English Chamber Orchestra, Philip Ledger 1
1996 Bassoon Concertos, Volume Two Antonio Vivaldi; Daniel Smith, English Chamber Orchestra, Philip Ledger 1
1996 Die Vier Jahreszeiten Antonio Vivaldi; English Chamber Orchestra, Henryk Szeryng 1

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