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Fri 10 Feb 2017

St John's Smith Square

Méhul: The First Romantic

Time: 7:00pm

Admission: £10 - £60

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Venue telephone: 020 7222 1061

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Méhul Overture from Les Amazones
Méhul Du mal affreux from Mélidore et Phrosine
Gluck Airs des furies from Orphée et Eurydice
Méhul Quoi! Je la cherche en vain from Uthal
Méhul Symphony No. 5 (unfinished)
Beethoven Introduction and Gott, welch dunkel hier(Florestan) from Fidelio
Mozart Overture from Les petits riens
Méhul Traçons bien notre plan (Florival) from Une Folie
Kreutzer Overture from Astianaxs
Méhul Qu’ai-je fait malheureux (Coradin) from Euphrosine et Coradin
Salieri Overture from Les Daniädes
Méhul O Dieux écoutez ma prière (Edgard) from Ariodant

Jonathan Cohen conductor
Michael Spyres tenor
John Irvin tenor

Some say Étienne Méhul was as important as Beethoven in dragging music kicking and screaming into the Romantic age.

Enjoy a ‘best of Méhul’ at this special gala featuring the outstanding arias from his many operas.Hear his experimentations with drama and high emotions, including the game changing orchestration of Uthal and the passionate Ariodant. These are complemented by pieces from other greats of the day, including Gluck, Mozart and Beethoven himself.

OAE Extras

Pre-concert talk, 5.45pm – 6.15pm, St John’s Smith Square Who was Méhul and what is it like to perform his music? Find out with conductor Jonathan Cohen and historical expert Robert Samuels from our Academic Partners the Open University.

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Venue details

St John's is a former church in Westminster, now a concert venue. Nearest tube: Westminster or Pimlico
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