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Wed 4 Mar 2015

Royal Festival Hall, London

Flying the Flag: Best of Both

OAE-101
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Smetana Overture, The Bartered Bride Brahms Violin Concerto Dvorak Symphony No 9 in E minor, New World Adam Fischer, conductor Victoria Mullova, violin

Two of the most popular pieces in the repertoire, Brahms’ Violin Concerto and Dvorak’s New World Symphony, share the stage in this concert.

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Sun 1 Mar 2015

Littlefield, Brooklyn

The Night Shift in New York

The Night Shift in New York
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New York! Are you ready for classical music, minus the rules? We think you are…

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Sat 28 Feb 2015

Lincoln Center, New York

Flying the Flag: Best of Both

OAE-101
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Smetana Overture, The Bartered Bride
Brahms Violin Concerto
Dvorak Symphony No 9 in E minor, New World
Adam Fischer conductor
Viktoria Mullova violin

Two of the most popular pieces in the repertoire, Brahms’ Violin Concerto and Dvorak’s New World Symphony, share the stage in this concert.

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A Concert for all Weathers: ‘Pitter Patter Raindrops’ at Purcell Room

Fri 27 Feb 2015

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Last Saturday the OAE Education team was back at Purcell Room for its second TOTS concerts series of the season, Pitter Patter Raindrops. Quite suitable, considering the weather that day! So put your wellies on, open your umbrellas and have a look at what happened last weekend.

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Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)  

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His times: Beethoven might have died six years before Brahms was born, but in a musical sense the former composer still dominated the landscape of the German-speaking world and beyond – and got inside Brahms’s head to quite a remarkable degree.

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Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)

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His times: Now it’s the Czech Republic; in Dvořák’s time it was Bohemia – an Austrian crown land that was effectively more ‘European’ in a musical sense than it was Slavic.

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30 Years of Breaking the Rules

Thu 19 Feb 2015

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With our 30th birthday season now on sale, have a look at what the season’s curators have to say for themselves and hear Principal Artists Sir Roger Norrington and Vladimir Jurowksi explain their concerts.

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30th Birthday 2015-2016 concerts now on sale

Mon 16 Feb 2015

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Our 30th Birthday seasons of concerts, 2015-2016 is now on public sale.

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The OAE Academy

Fri 13 Feb 2015

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The Ann and Peter Law OAE Experience scheme enables exceptionally gifted period instrument players to work alongside the Orchestra and receive ongoing mentoring from our players.

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7 Examples of Bohemianism

Fri 6 Feb 2015

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The OAE performs an all-wind programme, ‘The Bohemians’, tonight at The Anvil, Basingstoke. The word Bohemian has quite a history.

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Josef Mysliveček (1737-1781)

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His Times Mysliveček followed the standard 18th-century route into composing, starting in the church and ending in the theatre. This was a time when composers were itinerant and needed aristocratic patronage: Mysliveček got support from Count Vincenz von Waldstein and traveled to Rome in 1763 to learn his operatic craft with his schooling as a church violinist (and his previous life as an apprentice miller) behind him.

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Playlist: The Bohemians

Mon 2 Feb 2015

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We perform our all-wind programme in London on Thursday 5 February (book tickets/more info).

The only way to experience it is to actually be there. But until then check out some other ensembles’ interpretations in our playlist below.

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The Afflicted

Fri 30 Jan 2015

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Musicians suffer just like the rest of us – from colds to chronic conditions, they catch it all.

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Clarinet

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The clarinet was a relatively late developer compared to many orchestral instruments.

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Martin Lawrence

Horn

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Martin Lawrence has been the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s second horn since 1995.

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30 years of breaking the rules: 2015-2016 concerts announced

Thu 22 Jan 2015

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This morning at Southbank Centre we launched our 2015-2016 season of concerts to the press – a year which marks our 30th Birthday. As you’d expect we have some pretty special events lined up for you…

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Piotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Composer

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His times: Russia and Russian music were alive with nationalism in the mid 1800s when Tchaikovsky was born in a small town in present-day Udmurtia. But while Tchaikovsky’s music irrefutably grew from Russian soil – and often sounds like it too – the composer wasn’t interested in traditional notions of musical nationalism.

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Vladimir Jurowski on Boris Godunov

Wed 14 Jan 2015

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Mussorgsky himself never heard his original Boris Godunov on the instruments for which it was intended.
Here conductor Vladimir Jurowski talks about playing the opera on original instruments. Hear it live at the Royal Festival Hall on 15 January.
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CPE Bach, Symphonies CD

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Price: £9.99 Buy Now

The newest CD on our OAE Released label features the music of CPE Bach – a trailblazer, whose music is bright and effervescent. Music that constantly shifts, wrong-footing the listener when they least expect it with wild changes of colour and direction.

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Music Censorship

Wed 14 Jan 2015

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This Thursday, we perform scenes from the original 1869 version of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. Falling foul of censors at the Imperial Theatres (primarily, it appears, for its lack of a leading female role), this version did not receive its world premier until 1928.

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