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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Just over two decades ago, a group of inquisitive London musicians took a long hard look at that curious institution we call the Orchestra, and decided to start again from scratch. They began by throwing out the rulebook. Put a single conductor in charge? No way. Specialise in repertoire of a particular era? Too restricting. Perfect a work and then move on? Too lazy. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment was born.

And as this distinctive ensemble playing on period-specific instruments began to get a foothold, it made a promise to itself. It vowed to keep questioning and inventing as long as it lived. Residences at the Southbank Centre and the Glyndebourne Festival didn’t numb its experimentalist bent. A major record deal didn’t iron out its quirks. Instead, the OAE examined musical notes with ever more freedom and resolve.

That creative thirst remains unquenched. Informal night-time performances are redefining concert formats. Searching approaches to varied repertoire see the OAE working frequently with symphony and opera orchestras. New generations of exploratory musicians are encouraged into its ranks. Great performances now become recordings on the orchestra’s own CD label. It thrives internationally: New York and Amsterdam court it; Birmingham and Bristol cherish it.

The OAE is part of our musical furniture. It has even graced the outstanding conducting talents of Elder, Rattle, Jurowski and Fischer with a joint title. But don’t ever think the ensemble has lost sight of its founding vow. Not all orchestras are the same. And there’s nothing quite like this one.

Albums
'Bach: Christmas Oratorio' (CDA68031/2)
Bach: Christmas Oratorio
Buy by post £20.00 CDA68031/2  2CDs   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Bach: St John Passion' (CDA67901/2)
Bach: St John Passion
Buy by post £20.00 CDA67901/2  2CDs   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Handel: Chandos Anthems Nos 5a, 6a & 8' (CDA67926)
Handel: Chandos Anthems Nos 5a, 6a & 8
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67926  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos' (CDA67795)
Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67795  Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Vivaldi: Viola d'amore concertos' (CDH55178)
Vivaldi: Viola d'amore concertos
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55178  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein  Part 2 No 40, Chorale of St John Passion, BWV245 (Bach)
As pants the hart 'Chandos Anthem No 6a', HWV251b (Handel)
Christmas Oratorio, BWV248 (Bach)
I will magnify thee, O God 'Chandos Anthem No 5a', HWV250a (Handel)
Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage  Part 1 No 1, Chorus of Christmas Oratorio, BWV248 (Bach)
O come, let us sing unto the Lord 'Chandos Anthem No 8', HWV253 (Handel)
St John Passion, BWV245 (Bach)
The Hebrides 'Fingal's Cave', Op 26 (Mendelssohn)
Viola d'amore concerto in A major, RV396 (Vivaldi)
Viola d'amore concerto in A minor, RV397 (Vivaldi)
Viola d'amore concerto in D major, RV392 (Vivaldi)
Viola d'amore concerto in D minor, RV393 (Vivaldi)
Viola d'amore concerto in D minor, RV394 (Vivaldi)
Viola d'amore concerto in D minor, RV395 (Vivaldi)
Violin Concerto in D minor (Mendelssohn)
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op 64 (Mendelssohn)
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