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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

composer

His times: In Bach’s Germany, music was centred on the church which was unfailingly where its finest practitioners were found.

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Tue 2 May 2017

St John's Smith Square

The Brandenburgs

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Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 1
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 6
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 2

Lisa Beznosiuk flute
Katharina Spreckelsen oboe
Roger Montgomery horn
David Blackadder trumpet
Steven Devine harpsichord
Rebecca Miles recorder
Nicholas Benz horn
Pavlo Beznosiuk violin
Ian Wilson recorder
Huw Daniel violin piccolo

Hear all of the Brandenburg Concertos – six Baroque masterpieces that need no introduction. 

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Sat 20 May 2017

Kings Place

Turning Points: Bach’s Orchestral Suites

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Bach Suite No. 2 in B minor
Bach Suite No. 3 in D

Have you ever really wanted to get to know great music, to find out why it moves you in such unique and fundamental ways?

If so, join us to explore the mind of Johann Sebastian Bach, a composer who married a complete mastery of technique with an indefinable spiritual dimension.

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Thu 4 May 2017

Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

The Brandenburgs

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Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 1
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 6
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 2

Lisa Beznosiuk flute
Katharina Spreckelsen oboe
Roger Montgomery horn
David Blackadder trumpet
Steven Devine harpsichord
Pavlo Beznosiuk violin
Huw Daniel violin piccolo
Rebecca Miles recorder
Ian Wilson recorder
Nicholas Benz horn

Hear all of the Brandenburg Concertos – six Baroque masterpieces that need no introduction. 

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Mad skillz from footballer turned harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone

Fri 28 Oct 2016

Catch him doing the harpsichord thing (no football planned as yet) with the OAE on Sunday at St John’s Smith Square.   More info and book tickets

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Bach: A Family Affair concert programme

Thu 27 Oct 2016

Bach: A Family Affair Programme

Here’s the Bach: A Family Affair programme. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge at the concert.

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Introducing Turning Points

Wed 29 Jun 2016

We’re an orchestra, so we love concerts. But because the traditional concert format is great for some people and not for others, we often ask ourselves the question, “how could concerts be different?” Ten years ago, we looked at the informal ways people used to listen to classical music and created The Night Shift, our rule-breaking late night format.

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From deep within the OAE archive #1: Bach’s double violin concerto

Fri 20 Nov 2015

Margaret Faultless introduces a 1990 recording from BBC Scotland featuring the first movement of Bach’s double violin concerto.

Spot current OAE players Alison Bury (soloist), Cathy Weiss, Richard Tunnicliffe, Annette Isserlis, and Margaret Faultless.

We perform the same piece at St John’s Smith Square on 24 November (with Margaret) and the West London Synagogue on 22 November.

 

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Pre-concert talk: performing the St Matthew Passion without a conductor

Wed 8 Apr 2015

If you were at one of our recent performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion you will have noted the absence of a usually ubiquitous figure – the conductor.

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Through the grapevine: St Matthew Passion

Tue 7 Apr 2015

Pats on backs all round for last week’s St Matthew Passion in London.

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Speed Interview: Robin Blaze

Fri 27 Mar 2015

In the run-up to our St Matthew Passion concert, we interview counter-tenor Robin Blaze.

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Bach: Maybe not such a misery after all

Thu 19 Mar 2015

When asked to name their ideal dinner party guests, who would really say JS Bach?

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Current Distractions

Thu 29 May 2014

Current Distractions

In this week’s Current Distractions – surreal dogs, fun chocolate and a dormant crust of planetary mass that hasn’t spewed out anything hot in years.

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5 things you (probably) didn’t know about Handel

Fri 2 May 2014

As we prepare for Gamechangers: Mildly Rude? on 12 June at Queen Elizabeth Hall, we take a look at a few things you might not already now about Handel.  Even Baroque superstars have secrets…

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Gamechangers: A Forgotten Cello – Press Reactions

Thu 3 Apr 2014

OAE

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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Speed Interview – Sigiswald Kuijken

Mon 24 Mar 2014

The Works

In the lead up to tomorrow’s concert featuring the violoncello da spalla, we spoke with director and violoncello da spalla player Sigiswald Kuijken.

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Sigiswald Kuijken on Newsnight

Fri 14 Mar 2014

The Works OAE

Many of you may have noticed Violoncello da spalla player Sigiswald Kuijken, on yesterday’s edition of Newsnight. Sigiswald joined Emily Maitless to play the show out with a rendition of Bach’s Bourrée No.1 from Suite No. 3 BWV 1009. For those of you who missed it, you can watch it below.

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Flash Sale – 3 days only

Fri 7 Mar 2014

Flash Sale

We’re excited to announce a very limited 3 day flash sale event – allowing you to purchase best available bargain tickets for our next The Works event for just £10.*

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Struggling with Sound

Fri 29 Nov 2013

OAE

My ex-housemate has always liked Philip Glass, so I got us a couple of tickets to see him perform Music in Twelve Parts at Southbank Centre the other night.

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Bach, Christmas Oratorio (2CD)

Bach, Christmas Oratorio 2CD
Price: £18.00 Buy Now

Bach’s joyous and exuberant Christmas Oratorio, a stalwart of the festive season.

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