When we play music from any era, we want to find instruments that replicate as closely as possible what musicians of the day would have used.
There’s no difference when it comes to the piano. For next week’s performances of Brahms Piano Concertos, our Principal Artist Sir András Schiff has picked a very special instrument dating back to 1867. It has some characteristics of the modern piano’s predecessor, the fortepiano.Read More
So you’ve heard our Brahms: A German Requiem concert and you’re hungry for more Brahms. Our co-principal viola Simone Jandl recommends four unique pieces Brahms wrote after a eureka moment later in his life.Read More
“Brahms’ Requiem is essentially humanist, less a prayer for the dead than a personal meditation for the consolation of the living.”
Ahead of our performances with Marin Alsop, we explore how Brahms’ German Requiem broke the mould.Read More
We’re back with Marin Alsop at the Royal Festival Hall on 6 February 2016. So we thought we’d put her through our speed interview again.Read More
The sun is shining and that means – for us at least – three things are crawling out from their winter hibernation: opera festivals, the Proms and ice-cream van drivers.Read More
His times: Beethoven might have died six years before Brahms was born, but in a musical sense the former composer still dominated the landscape of the German-speaking world and beyond – and got inside Brahms’s head to quite a remarkable degree.Read More
As couples all over the world exchange heart-shaped chocolate boxes and cuddle up to grey sad-eyed teddy bears, we thought we’d get in on the action. So, here are some very un-romantic classical tunes, as voted for by the OAE Office. Love you lots X X XRead More
As the summer draws to a close and our new season begins, we look back at some of the reviews form our appearance at the BBC Proms with Marin Alsop.Read More
We’ve had an amazing response to our performance at the BBC Proms with Marin Alsop this weekend.Read More
Conductor Marin Alsop joins us for BBC PROMS: Brahms- A German Requiem. Here she tells us a bit about her heroes and the most important lesson life has taught her.Read More
You may remember that we asked you for your suggestions for a concert title, for an event in our yet-to-be-announced 2013-2014 London Southbank Centre season. The concert features Brahms’ lyrical Violin Concerto in D and Schumann’s heroic Rhenish Symphony.
There were lots of great suggestions and we’ve picked out our favourite.Read More
Ok, remember a while back we asked for your help in naming a concert? Well as you’ll read from the previous blog, our plans changed, so here we are rerunning the competition….with a fresh new concert for you to name.Read More