Opera Rara breathe new life into another unaccountably neglected score, Jacques Offenbach’s Fantasio, with a new studio recording featuring a magnificent cast including Sarah Connolly, Brenda Rae, Victoria Simmonds, Russell Braun, Brindley Sherratt, Neal Davies, and Robert Murray, supported by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the wonderful Sir Mark Elder.
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.Read More
Our brand-new recording of Vivaldi’s iconic The Four Seasons is now available.Read More
We all know the January sales are a bit of a nightmare. Hordes of people, queues, merchandise scattered everywhere, and then you end up buying something you don’t really want, simply because it’s cheap. How many of us have items of clothing in the wardrobe that we’ve bought in the sale and never ever worn?Read More
Bach’s joyous and exhuberant Christmas Oratorio, in a brand-new recording – just in time for the festive season.Read More
This CD from our OAE RELEASED Label features the Orchestra’s Principal Horn, Roger Montgomery, as soloist in Mozart’s Horn Concertos, in performances directed by OAE Leader Margaret Faultless.Read More
For this CD we are joined by Polyphony and Stephen Layton for Bach’s most dramatic masterpiece. Featuring a starry team of soloists, Layton directs a vivid account, the excitement of the narrative drama contrasting with heartbreaking moments of reflection.
In Ian Bostridge, we have the most iconic Evangelist of the last twenty years; an artist who is an incomparable communicator, a singer of technical brilliance, and an impassioned, experienced interpreter of Bach’s music.Read More
The young violinist Alina Ibragimova is already established as an admired recording artist, standing alongside great artists of the past and present with her versions of Bach and Beethoven’s violin works. She appears on this latest release with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Vladimir Jurowski (in his Hyperion premiere) in a programme which includes a classic of the concerto repertoire: Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op 64.Read More
Vladimir Jurowski conducts works by Mahler, including Songs of a Wayfarer with soloist Sarah Connolly,Read More
Our recently released CD of Beethoven 9, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras, has already been awarded 5 stars by the Financial Times, but we’ve just come across another rather flattering review for it, this time in BBC Music Magazine: “The sleeve-note of this disc describes Beethoven’s ninth symphony as ‘euphoric’, and that is exactly the word to apply to this performance…however many Ninths you own, add this one to your treasury”
You can buy the CD from our online shop here, priced £9.99Read More
***** “…one of the most thrilling Beethoven interpretations I have ever heard.” – ft.com
The second CD on our OAE RELEASED label is a live recording from the Edinburgh International Festival, featuring conductor Sir Charles Mackerras.Read More
Il desio di vendetta Lucio Silla
Sposa Cara La finta semplice
Quercia annosa Il sogno di Scipione
Dentro il mio petto La finta giardiniera
Se vicendo Il rè pastore
Il padre Adorato Idomeneo
Sol può dir Il rè pastore
Vedrommi intorno Idomeneo
Misero! o sogno, K431
Il mio tesoro Don Giovanni
Fuor del Mar Idomeneo
Un’aura amorosa Cosi fan tutte
In qual fiero contrasto Cosi fan tutte
Se all’imperio La Clemenza di Tito
Jonathan Cohen conductor
Jeremy Ovenden tenor
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Total Running Time: 67.31
Signum Classics SIGCD251
Exsultate, Jubilate, K.165
Laudete Dominum (Vesperae solennes de confessore)
Bella mia finamma, addio!…Resta, oh cara
Oh, temerario Arbace!… Per quel paterno amplesso
Giunse alfin il momento…Al desio di chi t’adora
Le nozze di Figaro (alternative aria)
Una donna a quindici anni Così fan tutte
Quando avran fine omai…Padre, germani, addio! Idomeneo
Ah! fuggi il traditor Don Giovanni
L’amerò, sarò costante Il re pastore
Là ci darem la mano Don Giovanni (with Bryn Terfel)
Vivaldi Concerti CD
Concerto in F major for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, violin, cello and harpsichord “Il Proteo o sia il mondo al rovescio” RV 572
Concerto in D minor for oboe RV 454
Concerto in D minor for 2 recorders, 2 oboees, bassoon and 2 violins RV 566
Concerto in F major for 2 horns RV 539
Concerto in G major for cello RV 413
Chamber Concerto in G minor for flute, oboe, bassoon, violin and continuo RV 107
Concerto in G minor for flute “La Notte” RV 439
Concerto in D minor for lute and viola d’amore RV 540
The first release on our new OAE RELEASED label.
Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers is one of the towering musical achievements of the 17th century. A fascinating and rewarding musical experience, it is deeply spiritual, yet extraordinarily theatrical. Following acclaimed performances of the piece across Europe in the anniversary year of 2010, this special live recording was made at a final performance at the Orchestra’s Headquarters at Kings Place in August of that year.Read More
No, really, we are.
It’s also joyous, intense, life enhancing and dance-like. Sounds like pretty good stuff eh?
In this, one of our latest videos, Alison Bury (violinist and OAE Leader) and Nicholas Mulroy (tenor from the Choir of the Enlightenment) talk about this extraordinary piece, which as you will know, as just been released by us on our new label. Enjoy the video, and remember you can order it direct through us for the knockdown price of £15 for the two CD set. Plus first 100 orders get a FREE OAE book. Also on that link are directions to various places you can download the recording.Read More
Ok, three posts in a day on here is perhaps a little excessive. But we really did have to tell you about the arrival in our office yesterday of our very first OAE Released CD. When I arrived at work in the morning and saw a huge box with my name in it I at first thought it was a very generous birthday present. On closer inspection it turned out to be the first copies of our recording of Monteverdi’s Vespers (Honestly, I wasn’t disappointed). As with any new piece of print I could barely look at it for fear of finding mistakes, but all looks ok.
Later on in the day our designer Chris Harrison, whose company Harrison and Co devised the artwork for the CD, dropped by and took this picture. In due course we’ll be releasing some videos talking to some of the musicians featured in the recording and also to Chris who’ll talk about how the distinctive artwork for the CDs was arrived upon.
The Vesper’s CD is the first on our brand new label, OAE Released, which we’re developing with Signum Classics. We have more recordings planned so keep your eyes, and indeed ears, peeled for them.
Oh, you want to buy a copy? Well you can get one for the knock down price of £15 (It’s a double CD, and that’s even cheaper than Amazon) by ordering direct from us, details are on our website. You can’t order online at the moment, and we know that’s a bit rubbish. A new website is coming soon which will have a shop and we’re working on a temporary solution. Watch this space… UPDATE: Online ordering via Paypal is now availble on the link above.
As an added bonus, the first 100 orders also get a free OAE book. Wooo.
If you’re terribly modern you’ll be able to download it from places like iTunes, Eclassical, Naxos and Amazon in due course.
And if anyone does want to send me large birthday presents the address is on the website. Thanks.
William Norris, Communications DirectorRead More
As you may have heard or read this year we’re launching our own CD Label (Though that sounds a little old fashioned given that so many will just be downloaded now). Called OAE Released, it’s launching late this month with the first release, a live recording of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers. We asked Harrison and Co to work on the cover art for the line of CD’s and we’re very excited to reveal the first one now…We’ll have an video interview with creative director Chris Harrison up here soon, and will also let you know how to get your hands on our very first CD.
oh…and Happy New Year!Read More