The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century is one of the most prominent period instrument orchestras in the world. The musicians play internationally in leading (chamber) music ensembles and meet several times a year for performances of iconic and lesser-known repertoire.

In the early 1980s, the orchestra achieved world fame by performing grand symphonic work on original instruments and in a historically informed manner. A revolution that never really stopped.

But the uniqueness of the orchestra is not only in the sound or the way of playing. Ever since it was founded by Frans Brüggen more than forty years ago, musicians have never taken a score for granted. The approach to the music and how we present it is critical, curious, investigative and progressive. Core values from The Enlightenment that all orchestra members hold in high esteem. That is why every performance is a new challenge and the iconic repertoire remains alive and kicking.

Upcoming projects

July 2024

Herrenchiemsee Festival

July 18 - Herrenchiemsee tickets

concertmaster Alexander Janiczek

Cherubini "Chant sur la mort de Haydn" (introduction)
Haydn Symphony no. 96 in D major Hob. I:96 "The Miracle"
Beethoven Symphony no. 1 in C major op. 21

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August 2024

Festival of Early Music Utrecht

August 31 - Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg tickets

J. Haydn Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze

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October 2024

Requiem & Mozart 40

October 23 - Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg tickets
October 24 - Amsterdam, Het Concertgebouw tickets
October 25 - Nijmegen, DeVereeniging tickets
October 27 - Haarlem, Phil.

Choir: Cappella Amsterdam
Conductor: Daniel Reuss

Soprano: Mhairi Lawson
Mezzo soprano: Esther Kuiper
Tenor: Guy Cutting
Baritone: Peter Harvey

W.A. Mozart Symphony no. 40 in g minor (KV 550)
W.A. Mozart Requiem in d minor (KV 626)
W.A. Mozart Ave Verum Corpus in D major (KV 618)

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A model rendition of Mozart's ever-popular death mass


After its resounding success two years ago, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century once again joins forces with Cappella Amsterdam for one of the finest works in the classical repertoire. Mozart's Requiem. A stately work about death and mourning, but oh so magnificent and emotional. For forty years this iconic work has been on the orchestra's lectern, and still it does not bore. Every note and bar never ceases to surprise. A true masterpiece.  

In the second half, the orchestra plays another Mozart masterpiece: Symphony No. 40. As with Beethoven's fifth, the whole world knows the first few bars, but this world-famous piece hides many brilliant passages that never surface because it always sticks to the first notes. The Orchestra and Cappella dust it off, making Mozart sound like it's the first time you've heard it.  

November 2024

Cello Biennial

November 09 - Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw tickets

Jean-Guihen Queyras cello
Charlotte Spruit violin
Kristian Bezuidenhout fortepiano

L. Cherubini "Chant sur la mort de Haydn" (introduction)
J. Haydn Cello Concerto in C major
L. van Beethoven Triple Concert

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