Comprising some of Britain’s finest period instrumentalists this orchestra was created by Hazlewood to record with him the music for many of his BBC films and continues to be a cornerstone of Hazlewood’s collaborations.
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 orchestra’s natural habitat is music from that period; however – uniquely for a period ensemble – the orchestra also makes a virtue of performing modern repertoire. Their performances of Schnittke, Pärt, Tippett and Schoenberg amongst others, as part of an ongoing residency at St George’s Bristol, have been rapturously received.
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
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).