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Orchestre de Paris

This orchestra was established by Charles Munch in 1967 following the break up of the Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire and after he had been approached by the French Minister of Culture, Andre Malraux, and Marcel Landowski who was his Music Director.

Charles Munch died the following year and his position was taken by Herbert von Karajan until 1971.  Its music directors have since included, Sir Georg Solti, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Christoph Eisenbach, Paavo Jarvi and from 2016 Daniel Harding.

The orchestra has around 121 musicians and has achieved world renown through its international concerts and festivals that cover a huge variety of music from all periods.  The premieres of works commissioned from modern French contemporary composers include compositions by Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio, Henri Dutilleux and Olivier Messiaen.

After its home, the concert hall Salle Pleyel, was bought by a private investor in 1998 they were forced out and they were taken in by the Theatre des Champs-Elysees and the Theatre du Chatelet who housed them until they managed to obtain the Theatre Mogador for the next four seasons in 2002.  In 2006, after an agreement with the owner they returned to the Salle Pleyel to take up residence there once more.

Isaac Albeniz recordings
Erato 2292-45266 (CD: Noches en Los Jardines de Espana/Iberia)
Conductor – Daniel Barenboim

Erato ECD 88255 (CD: Noches en Los Lardines de Espana/Iberia)
Conductor – Daniel Barenboim