Tag Archives: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Rhine Journey: curious and boisterous Schumann with the OAE

Brahms/Schumann: Kopatchinskaja; OAE/Alsop *** Royal Festival Hall, 6th February 2016 Exaggerated claims were made for Robert Schumann’s Violin Concerto in recent weeks. It was his final orchestral work, composed shortly before he was admitted to an asylum. After his death, … Continue reading

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Many strings to their bows: Rachel Podger and the OAE

Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, Pisendel: Rachel Podger/OAE **** St John’s Smith Square, 24th November 2015 The closure of the Queen Elizabeth Hall for renovation is great news for St John’s Smith Square, with many recitals and period instrument bands being relocated … Continue reading

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McVicar’s stylish Entführung emerges as a strong moral tale at Glyndebourne

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail **** Glyndebourne, 13th June 2015 “Too many notes, Herr Mozart,” was Emperor Joseph II’s response to the composer’s new Singspiel Die Entführung aus dem Serail. I feared “Too many words, Sir David,” would be my response … Continue reading

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Les Martyrs: Revelatory Donizetti on disc from Opera Rara

Donizetti: Les Martyrs  When Donizetti’s rarity Poliuto opened the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival a week ago, the music would already have been familiar to a number of audience members. Only last autumn, those operatic archaeologists Opera Rara had put on a … Continue reading

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Gut strings and female basses: a Venetian expedition to the Pietà for the OAE

Vivaldi: The OAE/Debretzeni  St Johns Smith Square, 17th May 2015 Although much-travelled around Europe, Vivaldi is inextricably linked with Venice and the female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, an orphanage and music school in the city. “Women in … Continue reading

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