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Before the ‘From a Dream to a Revolution’ concert on 08 Feb 2011 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, David Zinman talked to Radio 3 presenter Rob Cowan about his career, life and recordings and how musical interpretations have changed over the years.
listen to the whole talk below:
Enrique Mazzola can’t stop smiling. In a clutch of impressive debuts coming up this season – including the Oslo and New Japan Philharmonics and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra – the young Italian conductor is particularly thrilled by the prospect of working with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, with whom he will make his debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in November. ‘They are full of passion and life,’ he enthuses. ‘They really know what they want.’ Read the rest of this entry »
In case you were wondering what us OAE office staff like to listen to, here is a list of our current top tunes. You can listen to the playlist via the Spotify link below.. Enjoy!
- Dance Me Love by Silje Nergaard
- How Happy The Lover.. (King Arthur) by Purcell
- We No Speak Americano by Yolanda Be Cool, DCUP
- Symphony NO.7, Second Movement by Beethoven
- You’ve Got The Love by Florence and the Machine
- Curtain Tune (Timon Of Athens) by Purcell
- Pneumonia by Björk
- Neon (Live at the Nokia Theatre) by John Mayer
- I Need Air by Magnetic Man
- My Declaration by Tom Baxter
- Domine Ad Adiuvandum Me Festina (1610 Vespers) by Monteverdi
Listen to the entire Playlist here on Spotify: OAE office playlist Sep 2010
Well I am back at Alice Tully Hall in the orchestra manager’s room typing this on day two of our trip to New York. Last night’s concert went really well, we had a standing ovation from the audience and the players and Iván were really pleased with it. After another New Yorker breakfast of waffles and fruit (very tasty!) with the girls from the Development team we have an open rehearsal this morning for the friends of the Lincoln Center. We also have some members of the Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFO) listening to the rehearsal, they are completing the Beethoven Symphony Cycle with us here. Iván called me into his dressing room this morning, he was very pleased as his ‘touring wardrobe’ had arrived with the BFO. A flight case complete with suit, iron, ironing board, baton drawer and coffee maker!
Our second and final concert is tonight, we will be performing symphonies nos. 1, 8 and 5. I’m hoping to sneak into the audience and listen for a bit tonight once I have done my backstage duties here as the hall is fantastic. Before that, I’ve got a bit of free time this afternoon so I think I’ll take in a few more of the sights – yesterday I managed to fit in Times Square, the Rockerfeller Centre, Grand Central station and ‘World of M&Ms’ – so tacky you couldn’t help but like it! So I’m going to head down to the southern tip of Manhatten and take the Staten Island ferry and see the Statue of Liberty.
I was very pleased to find out yesterday that our return flights for tomorrow were not cancelled (we are travelling on British Airways!!!) so the final instalment will come next week when we have arrived back in the UK.
Megan Russell, Projects Manager
(editors note – watch out for further NYC news from Nick Logie in the Orchestra very soon)
The pictures we used for our 2009-2010 season seemed to stir up a fair amount of interest, debate and comment, and now it’s already time for us to think about next season. How are we going to top our current look (which most seem to have described as ‘American Gothic’)? Well the photoshoot is in a couple of weeks time and all we’re prepared to say is that it’s going to feature gaffer tape…
Another new podcast – this time looking at our upcoming concerts at Southbank Centre. Vladimir Jurowski talks about the Beethoven series and Symphonies 4 and 7, while OAE Leader Alison Bury also talks about Beethoven before moving onto our upcoming Vivaldi concert in April. Listen to the podcast here or download it on itunes.
This morning Radio 4′s Today programme ran a feature on The Night Shift and informal concerts – interviewing conductor Vladimir Jurowski and OAE Leaders Maggie Faultless and Matthew Truscott. You can listen to it here. Is it just us or is the question about pay completely random and unconnected?!
Our next Night Shift is coming up on 5 December – in the 10pm concert Marin Alsop is conducting Mozart Symphony No. 40, while before the concert there is live music from cellist Andy Nice. Afterwards DJ Rico Portland is playing until 1am, and we’re giving you the chance to choose a track to play as part of his set. He’s shortlisted 6 tracks and you can vote for your choice here, and listen to the tracks on the You Tube links below:
1) Deadmau5 – Strobe
2) Kenneth Bager ft Julee Cruise – Fragment Two (The First Picture)
3) Mandalay – Beautiful (Canny Remix)
4) First State – Reach Me
5) Rob D – Clubbed to Death
6) FC Kahuna – Hayling
Find out more about The Night Shift and book tickets at the special minisite
Last week I went along to the opening of the Philharmonia’s re-rite installation on the Southbank. It’s a very hard thing to describe but its esentially an installation which allows you to get inside Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Each room of the fantastically atmospheric bargehouse (behind the OXO tower) is devoted to a different section of the Orchestra and you get to see and hear that section’s part of the music in ‘close-up’ but also as part of the whole piece. All the rooms play in sync so the whole building becomes infused with the rite. There are also chances to play the percussion in the piece and be the conductor. Anyway, its very hard to explain, so here are some pics. Its only on until the end of the weekend so I do encourage you to go!
William Norris, Marketing Director