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Pre-Concert talk: Vladimir Jurowski talks about Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky

Thu 13 Aug 2015

Vladimir Jurowski

It has to be admitted we’re very bad at posting our archived pre-concert talks! We promise to be better in future.

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Vladimir Jurowski on Boris Godunov

Wed 14 Jan 2015


Mussorgsky himself never heard his original Boris Godunov on the instruments for which it was intended.
Here conductor Vladimir Jurowski talks about playing the opera on original instruments. Hear it live at the Royal Festival Hall on 15 January.
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Music Censorship

Wed 14 Jan 2015


This Thursday, we perform scenes from the original 1869 version of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. Falling foul of censors at the Imperial Theatres (primarily, it appears, for its lack of a leading female role), this version did not receive its world premier until 1928.

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Go East! The OAE in Russia

Thu 11 Dec 2014

Mussorgsky Boris Godunov score

Those of you on Facebook will have seen the picture we posted yesterday showing some of the office team celebrating the approval of our Russian Visas – after quite a lengthy and complicated process! We said at the time we’d tell you more about our Russian trip so here goes…

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True Sound, True Music – a new year of OAE concerts ahead

Wed 8 Oct 2014


A new season of OAE concerts starts on 9 October, with concerts at Southbank Centre and elsewhere running through until May next year. You can get a little taste of what’s to come on our 100 second new season trailer, filmed in a low-fi ‘activist’ style to match our brochure and images this year.

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Scary classical music from the movies

Wed 31 Oct 2012


To freak us out a bit on this ‘All hallow’s eve’, we thought we’d hunt down those chilling classical pieces that have sent shivers down our collective spines at the movies…

Prepare to be spooked!

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