Army of Generals is an orchestra comprising some of Britain's finest period instrumentalists. Combining deep-tissue musical exploration and breakneck virtuosity, Army of Generals pride themselves on taking their audience right to the heart of great music. Using instruments authentic to the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the soundworld of the orchestra is lithe and athletic, light on its feet and intensely dramatic.
The orchestra was formed by British conductor Charles Hazlewood to record with him all the music for his The Genius of Mozart films (BBC, 2003). They subsequently recorded the music for Hazlewood's Beethoven films (BBC 2005).
The Birth of British Music with Hazlewood and the orchestra aired on BBC2 for four successive Saturdays in May and June of 2009.
The name comes from a comment by the great eighteenth century musicologist Charles Burney, on encountering the Mannheim Orchestra (the finest in Europe at the time).
'Army of Generals is an electrifying ensemble that has built an enthusiastic following for its pioneering playing of both modern and period repertoires. Comprising some of the world's leading players of period instruments, its magnificently virtuosic sound-world is a special mix of lithe athleticism and intense drama.'
BBC Music Magazine
St George's Bristol
New Residency 2011
Army of Generals took up an exciting new residency at St George's Bristol in January 2011. The combination of the orchestra's dynamic style and the creamy acoustic of St George's is proving unbeatable. Each concert takes eighteenth century masterpieces and then views them from more recent perspectives.
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St George's Bristol
Great George Street
Abstractions & Refractions
Army of Generals and Charles Hazlewood
'Supported by Wessex Water'
"The Army's violins and violas play standing up, and full-bodied engagement with their instruments and the music was forcefully reflected in a thrilling performance"
The Arts Desk
January 21 2011
Haydn Symphony 43 "Mercury"
Schnittke Moz-Art a la Haydn
Mozart Musical Joke
Mozart Symphony 29
The twin gods of the musical Enlightenment in two of their most exuberant symphonies, alongside Russian composer Alfred Schnittke's Moz-Art: a piece which honours this exuberance!
May 28 2011
Corelli Concerto Grosso op 6 no 2
Tippett Fantasia Concertante on a theme of Corelli
Schubert/Mahler Death & the Maiden
Two refractions here: High master of the Baroque Arcangelo Corelli and Michael Tippett's extraordinarily beautiful response; and Mahler's magnificent reworking of Schubert's greatest string quartet.
'With their big muscular sound, this was a performance of terrific verve'
Bristol Evening Post
October 14 2011
Mozart Sinfonia Concertante K364
Andrew Toovey OUT for 2 pianos & orchestra
Mozart Serenata Notturna
Mozart Symphony 39
Mozart is unarguably - for Hazlewood at least - the greatest composer there has ever been; this concert celebrates that genius, from 18 year-old wunderkind (Sinfonia Concertante) to supreme master (39th symphony). Andrew Toovey playfully assesses this genius, and takes Mozart's ideas for a ride.
Charles Hazlewood's website is at www.charleshazlewood.com