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Monteverdi Vespers CD

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The first release on our new OAE RELEASED label.

Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers is one of the towering musical achievements of the 17th century. A fascinating and rewarding musical experience, it is deeply spiritual, yet extraordinarily theatrical. Following acclaimed performances of the piece across Europe in the anniversary year of 2010, this special live recording was made at a final performance at the Orchestra’s Headquarters at Kings Place in August of that year.

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Rossini, La Cenerentola

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Conductor Vladimir Jurowski

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

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

2 CDs includes libretto

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Mon 22 Dec 2014

St John's Smith Square

Bach: Mass in B minor

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Bach Mass in B minor
Katherine Watson soprano
Iestyn Davies countertenor
Gwilym Bowen tenor
Neal Davies bass
Stephen Layton conductor
The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge

The  St John’s Smith Square Annual Christmas Festival runs throughout the month of December but this is our first show of the 2014 Festival.

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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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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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“he’s an extreme violinist”

Mon 24 Nov 2014

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In this latest video, shot during rehearsals with Richard Tognetti, Cellist Robin Michael and Principal Double Bass, Chi-chi Nwanoku talk about what it’s like working with Richard and the music on the programme.

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“A dream come true”. We chat with Richard Tognetti

Sat 22 Nov 2014

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We’re currently on tour with violinist Richard Tognetti, who is directing our ‘Lord of the Strings’ programme – which you can hear in London in full on Tuesday (parts of it also feature in Monday’s The Works and The Night Shift).

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Playlist: Lord of the Strings

Fri 21 Nov 2014

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Next week we’re performing an all-strings programme at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall with Richard Tognetti.

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Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)

Composer

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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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New Chief Executive Announced

Thu 20 Nov 2014

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Chief Executive, Crispin Woodhead. 

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Annette Isserlis

Viola

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Annette Isserlis studied at the Royal College of Music, where she now teaches historical performance on baroque and classical viola. 

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Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

Composer

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His times: Elgar was born eight years before the Finn Jean Sibelius, a composer who like many others on the edges of Europe would become associated with musical ‘nationalism’.

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