On formation, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe immediately established a reputation as an orchestra of the highest standard, and has continually cultivated this reputation, being hailed as one of the greatest chamber orchestras in the world today. Many of the Orchestra’s original members are also world-renowned soloists, such as Douglas Boyd (oboe), Thierry Fischer (flute) and Richard Hosford (clarinet). Each album, several of which are currently unavailable, has been repackaged with attractive new artwork, and includes a resume of the Orchestra’s history to date, written by the Orchestra’s chairman, Peter Readman. The first of two Mozart pieces is Symphony No. 38 in D major (the "Prague"), K. 504, composed in late 1786. It was performed in Prague on January 19, 1787, a few weeks after Le nozze di Figaro opened there. Although Mozart’s popularity among the Viennese waxed and waned, he was consistently popular among the Bohemians and had a devoted following in Prague. A piece appearing in the Prager Neue Zeitung shortly after Mozart’s death expresses this sentiment: "Mozart seems to have written for the people of Bohemia, his music is understood nowhere better than in Prague, and even in the countryside it is widely loved." The Prague Symphony was written in gratitude for their high esteem. It had its premiere in Vienna, on December 6, 1786, and was performed in Prague a month later. The Symphony no. 39 in E-flat major, K. 543, was completed 26 June, 1788. The 39th Symphony is the first of a set of three (his last symphonies) that Mozart composed in rapid succession during the summer of 1788. No. 40 was completed 25 July and No. 41 10 August. It is not known whether the 39th Symphony was ever performed in the composer's lifetime.
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