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Sat 31 Jan 2015

Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon

Flying the Flag: The Bohemians

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Mozart Serenade in B flat K361 Gran Partita Myslivicek Wind Octet No 2 in E flat Mozart Selection from Don Giovanni

Last year the string section had their time in the limelight so this concert showcases the wonderful sound-world that the period-specific instruments of the wind section provide.

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Martin Lawrence

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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

Luise Buchberger OAE 2015-2016 Season

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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Our newest release on the OAE Released label. 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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Vladimir Jurowksi on Tchaikovsky

Thu 8 Jan 2015

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‘Hearing Tchaikovsky played on those instruments was an absolute revelation.’ 

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Hot, sweaty and boozy. What happened when the OAE went clubbing?

Fri 19 Dec 2014

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A month or so ago we took our late night series, The Night Shift, out clubbing, with a visit to the Vauxhall institution that is Duckie

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Watercycle: York Residency

Wed 17 Dec 2014

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The OAE education team travelled to York for an exciting weekend of music making, with six concerts over two days.

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Go East! The OAE in Russia

Thu 11 Dec 2014

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Those of you on Facebook will have seen the picture we posted yesterday showing some of the office team celebrating the approval of our Russian Visas – after quite a lengthy and complicated process! We said at the time we’d tell you more about our Russian trip so here goes…

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Rossini, La Cenerentola

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Conductor Vladimir Jurowski

Cast Ruxandra Donose, Maxim Mironov, Alessandro Corbelli, Raquela Sheeran

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2 CDs includes libretto

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Donizetti, Imelda de Lambertazzi

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Imelda de’ Lambertazzi immediately precedes Donizetti’s first masterpiece, Anna Bolena, and was written for the Teatro San Carlo in Naples in the same year (1830). However, its fate was very different and scholars now take the view that the composer’s very concision in his setting of the Romeo and Juliet–like plot, in which Imelda loves Bonifacio, the son of the faction hated by her father Orlando and brother Lamberto, wrong-footed the Neapolitan public.

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Messiah, 9 Dec – Audience Feedback

Thu 11 Dec 2014

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We started the festive season on Tuesday with our performance of Messiah at the Royal Festival Hall.

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Speed interview: Catherine Wyn-Rogers

Mon 8 Dec 2014

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Mezzo-soprano Catherine Wyn-Rogers performs Handel’s Messiah with us tomorrow evening (9 December). In preparation, we put her through our speed interview.  

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Andrew Mellor on Handel’s Messiah

Fri 5 Dec 2014

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Music critic Andrew Mellor explains why he loves Handel, why the Messiah is such a powerful piece of music an why, at that final ‘Amen’, it feels like Christmas has finally arrived.

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The H Factor: Results

Fri 5 Dec 2014

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Last week we asked you to submit your renditions of Handel’s Hallelujah chorus.

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10 things you (probably) didn’t know about Handel’s Messiah

Wed 3 Dec 2014

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Handel’s Messiah is probably the most performed choral work in history, and despite being about the whole of Jesus’ life it is now mainly performed at Christmas.

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Warm up those vocal cords…the H factor is here.

Wed 26 Nov 2014

H Factor

In concerts generally we play the music and you listen and enjoy. There is of course one well known exception – and that is the Hallelujah chorus of Handel’s Messiah. For reasons we’ll explain in a future post generally what happens ( in the UK at least) is that the entire audience stands up and joins in – much to the bemusement of any non-Brits in the audience.

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Reactions: The Tognetti tour

Wed 26 Nov 2014

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It’s over. One week and five performances later and our time with the incredible Richard Tognetti has sadly come to a close. But what a week it’s been.

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