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.
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)|