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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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Fri 18 Apr 2014

St John's Smith Square

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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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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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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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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Beethoven Action Figure

Beethoven Action Figure
Price: £12.00 Buy Now

Own Beethoven.

Guaranteed to come to life at night and entertain the rest of your toys with music and witticisms, this miniature composer is the perfect gift for any music lover and small enough to fit in your pocket or fist should his knowing glare become too intimidating.

With more movable joints.
Equally as talkative as many living composers.
Plus, download your very own Ludwig sized printable piano here

Hear the real deal at our next concert

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Top 5 Reasons to apply to be our new Marketing and Press trainee

Tue 1 Apr 2014

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As I end my three-month placement within the OAE as the Marketing and Press trainee, I have compiled a list of the 5 reasons YOU should apply for the position.

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5 things you (probably) didn’t know about Beethoven’s Symphony 7

Mon 31 Mar 2014

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Beethoven’s 7th Symphony will be featured in our upcoming concert on 8 April in Royal Festival Hall (and 5 April at the Anvil in Basingstoke)  Here are a few things you (probably) didn’t know about it…

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A forgotten cello with Sigiswald Kuijken: your thoughts…

Fri 28 Mar 2014

The Works

On 25 March we had the pleasure of playing with Sigiswald Kuijken on the violoncello da spalla.  Here is what you had to say about the concert.

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Sigsiwald talks about the Spalla

Mon 24 Mar 2014

Sigiswald Kuijken

Ahead of our last concert featuring the Violoncello da Spalla, tomorrow night at Southbank Centre, here’s a video with Sigiswald Kuijken talking about and demonstrating the instrument.

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