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Who is your favorite Chamber Orchestra?
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Leaviathan
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I've been listening to a lot of the Zagreb Soloists, they have some serious talent! This is a full concert of them backing 2Cello's, The Vivaldi segments towards the beginning are awesome, especially the first movement at 13:24

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AndrewH
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I think my single favorite is the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, because how many orchestras do this?

Other favorites include...

Spira Mirabilis:

The London Firebird Orchestra:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?.....PNJVzTzTTw

The New Century Chamber Orchestra:

Apollo's Fire:

But there are many more outstanding chamber orchestras out there. Look into the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, the Mito Chamber Orchestra, the New York Classical Players... and I'm probably still missing several that I love.

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Looks interesting, I'll check them out after work

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Fiddlerman
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Great thread!!!

I 2nd the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra for the same reason.
I presented this kind of idea in my orchestra and was met with all kind of excuses why it wouldn't work, but the real reason is that orchestra musicians become spoiled and used to the comfort of having it easy.
All of a sudden they would be expected to put in extra hours to memorize the sheet music. They didn't like that. LOL
I do understand, but it makes a HUGE difference right???

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Don't soloists have to memorize? So if any of the orchestra members have aspirations of becoming a soloist, memorization is something they'll need to learn anyway.

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Playing in an orchestra while standing and without sheet music... a dream. Not going to happen anytime soon 🙁 .

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Fiddlerman
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@Leaviathan - It's more about habit and comfort.
Most of them can do it but it would require more work on their own time.

Many of the musicians in that and most professional orchestras, have or do play solos or concertos at least a few times in their lives. Some more.

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AndrewH
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It's fairly common for community orchestras and college orchestras to bring in members of the nearest professional orchestra as concerto soloists. Especially when you include college orchestras, that's a lot of solo opportunities to go around. In just the 9 years I've lived in Sacramento, I think I've seen 80-90% of the violinists in the Sacramento Philharmonic, and a good number of the other musicians, listed as concerto soloists with other orchestras. Some of them more than once. (I haven't necessarily attended the concerts, just seen them advertised or listed on orchestra websites.)

So it's not as if musicians in professional orchestras can't memorize. It's just that most of them are only willing to memorize when they are traditionally expected to, i.e. when they are the soloist.

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Fiddlerman
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August 20, 2019 - 7:22 pm
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To be clear, my idea wasn't popular because the musicians in the orchestra didn't want to work harder than they had to. 😁 A few ambitious musicians were into it but not the majority. I suggested having a two week preparation/practice schedule instead of the traditional 4 day schedule before performance to make up for the additional work but management wasn't as fond of that. LOL

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