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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

composer

His times: In Bach’s Germany, music was centred on the church which was unfailingly where its finest practitioners were found.

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In depth: Vivaldi’s Four Seaons pt4

Fri 10 Feb 2017

The final film by OAE leader Kati Debretzeni taking an in depth look at Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, ahead of our Turning Points: Vivaldi concert at Kings Place.

This time Kati explores how different violinists and ensembles interpret Vivaldi’s notation differently to make The Four Seasons their own.

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7.30pm, Sat 11 Feb, 2017, Kings Place
Vivald’s The Four Seasons

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Turning Points: Vivaldi concert programme

Fri 10 Feb 2017

Here’s the programme for our first concert in Kings Place’s Turning Points series – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on Saturday 11 February. You can also pick up a copy free of charge on the night itself.

The programme includes the sonnets Vivaldi wrote to accompany each of the four concertos, and director Kati Debretzeni’s notes on how to play them.

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In depth: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons pt3

Wed 8 Feb 2017

Kati Debretzeni looks at how Vivaldi uses music to paint a picture – Part 3 of her exploration of The Four Seasons.

More info and to book
7.30pm, Sat 11 Feb, 2017, Kings Place
Vivald’s The Four Seasons

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In depth: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons pt2

Wed 1 Feb 2017

In part 2, violinist Kati Debretzeni explores how Vivaldi uses the violin as a virtuoso instrument.

Hear her perform the Four Seasons at our Turning Points concert at Kings Place on 11 Feb.

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In depth: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons pt1

Wed 25 Jan 2017

Ahead of our Turning Points: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons concert at Kings Place on Sat 11 February, Kati Debretzeni takes an in depth look at Vivaldi’s innovative writing for the violin.

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Introducing Turning Points

Wed 29 Jun 2016

We’re an orchestra, so we love concerts. But because the traditional concert format is great for some people and not for others, we often ask ourselves the question, “how could concerts be different?” Ten years ago, we looked at the informal ways people used to listen to classical music and created The Night Shift, our rule-breaking late night format.

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Vivaldi, The Four Seasons (CD)

Vivaldi 4 Seasons
Price: £9.99 Buy Now

With its vivid poetry and technical ingenuity, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons remains as fresh today as the day it was written – forever influential, transfixing and just plain catchy.

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OAE Market Hunt

Tue 3 Jun 2014

OAE

Fill your lunch hour with music next week, as we head to Spitalfields for a four-part series of  pop-up performances.

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Vivaldi, The Four Seasons (mp3 download)

Price: £6.00 Buy Now

With its vivid poetry and technical ingenuity, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons remains as fresh today as the day it was written – forever influential, transfixing and just plain catchy.

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5 things you (probably) didn’t know about Handel

Fri 2 May 2014

As we prepare for Gamechangers: Mildly Rude? on 12 June at Queen Elizabeth Hall, we take a look at a few things you might not already now about Handel.  Even Baroque superstars have secrets…

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Gamechangers: A Forgotten Cello – Press Reactions

Thu 3 Apr 2014

OAE

Many of you joined us in Basingstoke on 19 March and at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on the 25th, to hear Sigiswald Kuijken and the Orchestra perform music from Bach, Corelli and Vivaldi on the long forgotten violoncello da spalla.  It’s an instrument that tends to divide people and the press were no exception…

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Flash Sale – 3 days only

Fri 7 Mar 2014

Flash Sale

We’re excited to announce a very limited 3 day flash sale event – allowing you to purchase best available bargain tickets for our next The Works event for just £10.*

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5 Things you (probably) didn’t know about Vivaldi

Thu 13 Feb 2014

On 11 May, In the Spirit of Tradition will feature music from Vivaldi, alongside works by Corelli, Handel, Bach and Sally Beamish.  To start things off, here are 5 things you (probably) didn’t know about Antonio.

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2013 Staff Highlights

Fri 31 Jan 2014

OAE

With the first month of 2014 nearly behind us, we look back at some of our concert highlights from 2013…

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Current Distractions

Thu 8 Aug 2013

If you think you’re a good musician, don’t watch the video of the girl playing Vivaldi, apart from that, here’s our latest list of things that have caught our attention in the arts world.  But first…

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Finishing the Donkey

Sat 27 Apr 2013

Donkey

One of the joys of working in OAE Education is the variety of projects you get to work on. 

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V4: The Seasons: Reviews and reaction

Sat 16 Feb 2013

We’re still humming The Four Seasons, following our concerts last week with OAE leader Kati Debretzeni and some glorious choreography from Henri Oguike’s dancers.

Here’s some reviews from the night, as well as what you thought…

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Speed Interview – Henri Oguike

Wed 6 Feb 2013

As his dancers warmed up for V4: The Seasons, we spoke with choreographer Henri Oguike about some of the simple things in life.

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Speed Interview – Edward Kitchen

Sun 3 Feb 2013

As rehearsals for V4: The Seasons stopped for a well-earned coffee break, we took the opportunity to speak with dancer Edward Kitchen.

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