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Vivaldi, The Four Seasons CD

Vivaldi 4 Seasons
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Our brand-new recording of Vivaldi’s iconic The Four Seasons is now available.

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Wed 23 Apr 2014

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Bach St John Passion

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Bach St John Passion, BMW 245  

Stephen Layton conductor
Jeremy Ovenden evangelist
Neal Davies Christus
Elin Manahan Thomas soprano
Clare Wilkinson mezzo soprano
Stuart Jackson tenor
Robert Davies bass

To this day, many regard St John Passion as the pinnacle of Western musical history prior to 1724. Bach’s musical setting of the crucifixion of Christ is full of colour and emotional depth. Performed here with Stephen Layton and the mighty Polyphony, the piece combines high drama and painful introspection, and contains some of Bach’s most profound writing.

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Operamaniac – 5 Operas to see before you die

Thu 17 Apr 2014

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We all have our favourite operas (if you are into opera, of course). And frequently an intense debate among opera fanatics can arise over who is the best composer. After two hundred years we still debate about Wagner and Verdi, two amazing composers that changed opera forever. With this in mind, I have recently been asked the following: “Daniel, if you had to nominate five (and only five) operas that everyone must see before they die, what would they be?”

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Flash Sale!

Thu 17 Apr 2014

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Trouble drinking, walking and eating Easter eggs all at once?  Now, thanks to the OAE Travel Mug, your troubles are over.

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Luise Buchberger: Speed Interview

Thu 17 Apr 2014

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Luise was recently announced as the OAE’s new Co-Principal Cello.  We had a chance to chat with her about her musical background, why she was attracted to the OAE and what career she would have if she was not a cellist (the answer may surprise you!)

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The OAE Hall of Shame 2014

Tue 15 Apr 2014

Hall of Shame

Every year, radio station Classic FM announces its very popular Hall of Fame. The public vote for their favourite pieces of music and then the top 300 is revealed.  So far, so standard.

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Gamechangers: Symphonic Greats – Press reviews

Mon 14 Apr 2014

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We round up some of the press reviews from last week’s concert with Semyon Bychkov…

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Simon says….please donate!

Mon 14 Apr 2014

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In a few weeks time we will be reunited with Principal Artist Sir Simon Rattle for one of the highlights of our current season – Haydn’s Creation at the Royal Festival Hall, a concert that promises to be another landmark moment in Sir Simon’s relationship with the OAE, which dates back to 1987, the year after the Orchestra was founded.

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Gamechangers: Symphonic Greats – audience vox pops

Fri 11 Apr 2014

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Back on Tuesday we bought Gamechangers: Symphonic Greats to the Royal Festival Hall, with performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 and Schubert’s Symphony No.9 conducted by Semyon Bychkov. We caught up with the audience afterwards and here’s what they said.

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What’s the perfect mood for enjoying a concert?

Fri 11 Apr 2014

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Does the mood you’re in affect the way you enjoy (or don’t) a concert? This was what I was pondering at times during Tuesday’s concert.

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Gamechangers: Symphonic Greats – Listen again

Wed 9 Apr 2014

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Last night we joined Semyon Bychkov in a packed Royal Festival Hall for Beethoven’s explosive Symphony No. 7 and Schubert’s epic Symphony No.9.  But fear not – BBC Radio 3 were there to capture the whole thing.  So if you missed it, just click on the link below and listen at your leisure.

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Gamechangers: Symphonic Greats – Audience reactions

Wed 9 Apr 2014

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Last night we climbed aboard the Royal Festival Hall stage, to take on the Great and the powerful in a concert featuring Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 and Beethoven’s Symphony No.7.  Here’s what you had to say about it….

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Player Picks: Beethoven Symphony 7 & Schubert Symphony 9

Mon 7 Apr 2014

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Ahead of our Gamechangers: Symphonic Greats concert at the Royal Festival Hall we asked OAE players for their recommended recordings of the music featured in the concert – Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 and Schubert’s Symphony No.9, Great.

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Schubert, Symphonies 5,8 & 9 2CD

Schubert Symphonies 5 8 & 9
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One of the OAE’s first recordings – with former Emeritus Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras

“The OAE recording of Schubert 9 with Sir Charles Mackerras way back when  is absolutely fantastic! It was amongst the orchestra’s first recordings, and Sir Charles had such an immense vision in mind with an unfaltering commitment to original tempi and Schubertian style that together we really broke new ground with the recording.  

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Watch the OAE rehearse Schubert Symphony No.9

Fri 4 Apr 2014

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Our intrepid cameraman Zen ventured out to the wilds of Hammersmith this morning to capture the OAE at work, rehearsing Schubert’s Symphony No.9.

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Got hole punches? Win Zaïs prizes

Fri 4 Apr 2014

Zaïs

With our performance of Rameau’s opera Zaïs now just a few weeks away we’re about to send out the postcards to just about anyone who might be interested. This though, is a mailing with a difference…

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Schubert Symphony No. 9 – Six truths and one lie

Fri 4 Apr 2014

Schubert Fountain

We’re performing Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 at the Royal Festival Hall on 8 April (also at Basingstoke’s Anvil on 5 April). See if you can spot the one lie amongst the facts on Schubert’s Great Symphony…

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Current Distractions

Thu 3 Apr 2014

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In this week’s Current Distractions – sexism, crime, nudity and wild animals. Plus, classical music.

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Luise Buchberger announced as new Co-Principal Cellist

Thu 3 Apr 2014

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We are pleased to announce, after a two year audition process, that Luise Buchberger has been appointed as our new Co-Principal Cellist. 

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Gamechangers: A Forgotten Cello – Press Reactions

Thu 3 Apr 2014

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Many of you joined us in Basingstoke on 19 March and at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on the 25th, to hear Sigiswald Kuijken and the Orchestra perform music from Bach, Corelli and Vivaldi on the long forgotten violoncello da spalla.  It’s an instrument that tends to divide people and the press were no exception…

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