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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 different 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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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
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 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Murray Perahia, English Chamber Orchestra 2
1983 Chants d'Auvergne, Vol. 1 Joseph Canteloube; Kiri Te Kanawa, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 3
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 Water Music Georg Friedrich Händel; English Chamber Orchestra, George Malcolm 1
1984 Barber: Cello Concerto / Shostakovich: Cello Concerto no. 1 Samuel Barber, Dmitri Shostakovich; Raphael Wallfisch, English Chamber Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon 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’ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Jeffrey Tate, English Chamber Orchestra 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
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 Emma Johnson / English Chamber Orchestra / Sir Charles Groves Crusell, Weber, Baermann, Rossini; Emma Johnson, English Chamber Orchestra, Sir Charles Groves 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 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 The Banks of Green Willow English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate, Ann Murray 1
1987 Three Bassoon Concerti Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Christian Bach, Johann 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 Cembalo-Konzerte BWV 1052, BWV 1053, BWV 1055, BWV 1056 J.S. Bach; English Chamber Orchestra, Kenneth Gilbert 1
1988 Piano Concertos 1-6 / Concerto for Three Pianos Mozart; ECO, Barenboim, Fou Ts'ong, Philharmonia Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy 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 Concertos Mendelssohn, Bruch, Schubert; Nigel Kennedy, Jeffrey Tate, English Chamber Orchestra 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 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: Magnificat RV 610 / Beatus vir RV 597 / Credo RV 592 Vivaldi; John Alldis Choir, English Chamber Orchestra, Vittorio Negri 1
1989 The Four Seasons Vivaldi; Nigel Kennedy, English Chamber Orchestra 5 7
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 Concierto de Aranjuez / Fantasía para un gentilhombre Joaquín Rodrigo; John Williams, Philadelphia Orchestra, Ormandy, English Chamber Orchestra, Groves 1
1990 Violin Concerti Bach; Anne-Sophie Mutter, Salvatore Accardo, English Chamber Orchestra 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 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 Dido & Aeneas Purcell; Troyanos, Palmer, Stilwell, English Chamber Choir & Orchestra, Raymond Leppard 1
1991 Piano Concertos Mozart; Mitsuko Uchida, English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate 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 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
1994 The London Concert Joseph Haydn, Leopold Mozart, Johann Friedrich Fasch, Johann Nepomuk Hummel; Wynton Marsalis, English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard 4
1995 St. Paul's Suite / A Fugal Concerto / Brooks Green Suite / A Somerset Rhapsody Gustav Holst; English Chamber Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin 1

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