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Vivaldi, The Four Seasons CD

Vivaldi 4 Seasons
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Our brand-new recording of Vivaldi’s iconic The Four Seasons is now available.

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Mozart, Complete Horn Concertos CD

Mozart: Complete Horn Concertos
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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.

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Mahler Totenfeier CD

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Vladimir Jurowski conducts works by Mahler, including Songs of a Wayfarer with soloist Sarah Connolly,

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Beethoven 9 CD: “Euphoric”

Fri 27 Jan 2012

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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”

Performance: *****
Recording: *****

You can buy the CD from our online shop here, priced £9.99

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Beethoven Symphony No.9 CD

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***** “…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.

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Monteverdi Vespers CD

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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.

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OAE Released: Cover art

Tue 15 Mar 2011

Through the history of recorded music the cover artwork on a CD or LP has always been an important part of the finished product, and in the pop world in particular, there are have been some truly legendary and iconic designs – just think of Abbey Road, The Dark Side of the Moon, Sgt. Pepper and Nirvana’s Nevermind. The fact I don’t feel a need to post pictures of these to remind readers is a testament to the way their cover art has entered the popular conciousness.

It has to be said though that classical music hasn’t done so well with its cover art (though do feel free to tell us about any of your favourite covers) and it’s probably easier to find some really bad cover art than anything really distinctive. There are some exceptions of course (two of my favourites being the Virgin Ultraviolet range and Decca’s Argo line, both now out of print, and some more in this blog article) but they are the exception and not the rule.

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Sensual, sultry and explicit; yep we're talking Monteverdi Vespers

Wed 23 Feb 2011

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.

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5 Star Monteverdi

Mon 21 Feb 2011

The first reviews for the premiere recording on our new label OAE Released are in, and we were thrilled to be awarded a full 5 stars in The Independent, with the reviewer stating “Not all orchestras are the same, runs the message on the cover, and it’s true.”

Read this review and another online one below, and don’t forget you can purchase the CD direct through us on our website. Also click through for details of download sites and other suppliers.

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OAE Released. Released.

Tue 25 Jan 2011

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 Director

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OAE Released – Cover art revealed

Wed 5 Jan 2011

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!

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