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The Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra (French: Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo) is the main orchestra in the principality of Monaco. The orchestra gives concerts primarily in the Auditorium Rainier III, but also performs at the Salle des Princes Grimaldi Forum.

The orchestra was founded in 1856 and gave its first concert on 14 December 1856, with an ensemble of 15 musicians, at the "Maison de jeux" (the future casino), under the direction of Alexandre Hermann. By 1874, the orchestra had increased in size to 70 musicians, in particular during the leadership of Eusèbe Lucas. In 1953, Prince Rainier III had ordered the renaming of the ensemble to L'Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo. The orchestra acquired its current name in 1980, again through Rainier III.

Past principal conductors of the orchestra have included Paul Paray, Louis Frémaux, Igor Markevitch, Lovro von Matačić, Lawrence Foster, Gianluigi Gelmetti, James DePreist, Marek Janowski, and Yakov Kreizberg. Kreizberg had originally been signed to a contract of 5 years, but his tenure was truncated by his death in March 2011. In March 2012, the orchestra and its president, Princess Caroline of Monaco, announced the return of Gelmetti to the orchestra as chef référent to provide interim artistic leadership for the orchestra. In January 2013, the orchestra formalised the full re-appointment of Gelmetti as its artistic director and music director.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1963 Requiem / Cantique de Jean Racine Gabriel Fauré; L'Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Louis Frémaux 2
1988 Ermione Rossini; Gasdia, Zimmermann, Merritt, Prague Philharmonic Choir, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Claudio Scimone 2
1995 Recital Gaetano Donizetti, Charles-François Gounod, Jacques Offenbach; Marilyn Horne, Lawrence Foster, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo 1
1999 Namouna: Musique de ballet Édouard Lalo; Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, David Robertson 1
2000 Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Chopin; Samson François, Louis Frémaux, Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo 4 3
2001 Concierto de Aranjuez / Fantasía para un gentilhombre Joaquín Rodrigo; Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Claudio Scimone, Turibio Santos 2
2001 Scaramouche / Le Bal Martiniquais / Paris / Le Carnaval d'Aix / Suite Française / Suite Provençale Milhaud; Béroff, Collard, Ivaldi, Lee, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Georges Prêtre 1
2003 Grieg: Piano Concerto / Schumann: Piano Concerto / Papillons Grieg, Schumann; Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Lovro von Matačić, Sviatoslav Richter 1
2004 Piano Music Jules Massenet; Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Aldo Ciccolini, Sylvain Cambreling 1
2010 Piano Concertos 1 & 3 Beethoven; Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Serge Baudo, Jean-Claude Pennetier 1
Concierto de Aranjuez / Fantasía para un gentilhombre / Concierto serenata Joaquín Rodrigo; Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Antonio de Almeida, Alexandre Lagoya, Catherine Michel 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1970 Saint-Saens / Ravel Compilation Saint-Saëns, Ravel; L'Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Edouard van Remoortel, Henryk Szeryng 1
1985 Romances & Adagios : Les pages les plus tendres de la musique classique Compilation Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Lawrence Foster 3

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2010 A Night in Monte-Carlo Live Marcus Miller & Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo 1

Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1995 Rhapsody In Blue / An American in Paris / Concerto in F (piano : Gabriel Tacchino - banjo : Francis le Mager - director : Lawrence Foster) Compilation George Gershwin; Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Lawrence Foster, Gabriel Tacchino, Francis le Mager 1

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