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OAE at Edinburgh's Usher Hall

A couple of a reviews from our concert at the Edinburgh International Festival a couple of weeks ago:

“Vladimir Jurowski is having a devilish summer. Last month he was steaming through Liszt’s Faust Symphony with the London Philharmonic at the Proms, but here he was in Edinburgh to embark on the same sulphurous journey with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, of which he is a Principal Artist.

It’s a considerable challenge for a period orchestra to tackle the span and intensity of Liszt’s most grandiose philosophical statement. But the OAE stared down the demons — sometimes literally — with verve”  The Times

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“All in all, it was for me the most satisfying Usher Hall concert of this festival so far. They took a rarely performed work and made me wonder why; they took a frequently performed work and made it feel freshly minted. This was an evening filled with passion, drama and energy, one that frequently had me on the edge of my seat. ”  Where’s Runnicles Blog

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Last week we made our annual appearance at the BBC Proms, as part of the Glyndebourne Prom, a semi-staged performance of Handel’s Rinaldo. Here’s what the reviewers and bloggers made of it:

Guardian

Music OMH

Classical Source

The Times (subscribers only)

Gramophone

Seen and Heard

There are some pictures from the Prom on the Proms Facebook Page here.

Rinaldo. Photo by Bill Cooper

The second opera which we’re performing in at Glyndebourne this year, Rinaldo, opened on Saturday and the reviews are now in. Here’s what the critics had to say:

Telegraph

Independent

Financial Times

Guardian

The Arts Desk

Daily Express

Evening Standard

Music OMH

The Stage

Observer

Simon Rattle at RFHWell, the reviews are in from our Rattle concert on Tuesday at the Royal Festival Hall, plus a couple from the tour too. You can read them via the links below, but here are three of our favourite quotes:

“That continuing rapport was immediately and sustainedly obvious in this delightful Haydn and Mozart concert, and all without any of the publicity overload that surrounded his Berliner Philharmoniker dates earlier in the year.

There was some Haydn in those Berlin programmes, too, but this time, working with a much smaller and more specialist band, the treatment was more authentic and enjoyable.” THE GUARDIAN (4 stars)

“It was in the two Haydn symphonies that Rattle and the OAE best showed what a triumphant partnership the two have honed in some 25 years working together” THE TIMES (5 stars)

“When this music is played by the OAE light doesn’t just dawn, it dazzles; and even more so when Sir Simon Rattle is on the podium” THE TELEGRAPH (5 stars)

Guardian

Telegraph

Times

BBC Music Magazine

Classical Source

Bach Track

Irish Times (Dublin concert)

Petite Classique (Luxembourg concert, in French)

Picture by Joe Plommer

Wow, Glyndebourne always arrives sooner than you expect – hard to believe we are now three performances in there, with the fourth tonight. Our first opera there is a revival of last season’s production of Don Giovanni. Last year’s performances were conducted by Vladimir Jurowski (we’ll post a video of him talking about the piece soon), but this year Robin Ticciati is at the helm. Here’s a selection of reviews from the opening night.

Guardian
The Arts Desk
Independent
Observer
Financial Times

A few weeks ago we were excited to appear at the Brighton Festival. Each year the festival has a different guest director and this years is Aung San Suu Ky, who chose Fidelio to be performed, for obvious reasons.

Here are a couple of  reviews from the performance:

Telegraph

Guardian

A couple more reviews from our concerts at the Queen Elizabeth Hall last week:

MusicOMH on our 7pm Mozart/Beethoven/Schubert concert

The Independent on Sunday on The Night Shift

A quick roundup of reviews from our recent concerts of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, with conductor Roy Goodman and pianist Artur Pizarro:

Guardian

Independent

Classical Source

What did you think?

We’ll be posting the second part of Netty’s tour diary tomorrow, but in the meantime here are a selection of reviews from our trip across the pond.

Newspapers

New York Times on the period instrument movement

Boston Globe

New York Times (on CPE Bach)

New York Times (on Goebbels)

 

Blogs

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

SuperConductor

The Arty Semite

 

Firstly – today is CPE Bach’s 297th Birthday! So it’s very appropriate that we are celebrating his music at this time. The first reviews of our concert of his music last week at the Queen Elizabeth Hall are now in – links below. Next week we’re off to the States for further performances of this concert in Boston (15 March) and New York (16 March).

Guardian

Classical Source

Bach Track

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