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Fri 10 Feb 2017

St John's Smith Square

Méhul: The First Romantic

Katharine Spreckelsen
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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.

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French Exchange: Audience Reactions

Wed 12 Dec 2012


After last month’s performance of Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers: French Exchange at Southbank Centre, we spoke with some audience members to find out what they thought of the concert. 

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French Exchange: reviews

Mon 12 Nov 2012


Last week, we enjoyed a fabulous concert with fast rising star Jonathan Cohen conducting and regular OAE collaborator Sarah Connolly singing some wonderful arias from Purcell, Rameau and Charpentier.

Here’s what the reviewers said about the concert:

Evening Standard

The Independent

Classical Source

Financial Times

The Times (subscribers only)

Thanks to all who tweeted during the concert too, our favourite comment was:

“Blinking Hell! I always thought @spconnolly was fab, but tonight she got into my heart and soul and had a good old rummage. Superb”

Here’s our Storify page with all your feedback from the night.

Let us know what you thought of the night by using the comments box below.

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December podcast: A cellist turns conductor, legendary carpet and much more

Wed 22 Dec 2010

Our December podcast is now out. In this bumper edition we:

Talk to conductor Jonathan Cohen about his New Year’s concerts with us Find out how someone needing the loo led to the Royal Festival Hall opening its doors all day Talk to Duke Dobing from the office team to find out what a Development Director does Hear from violinist Roy Mowatt about his top CD picks Look ahead to our tour with legendary Beethoven interpreter David Zinman



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