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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Baroque Orchestra)

Founded: 1986

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (= OAE) is named after the historical period in the late 18th century from which it takes the core of its repertoire. The Orchestra was formed by leading period-instrument players and invites distinguished international musicians to be guest conductors.

The OAE's position in the mainstream of British music-making was confirmed in the Autumn of 1992 when Frans Brüggen and Sir Simon Rattle agreed to become its principal guest conductors and the OAE was invited to become 'Associate Orchestra' at the South Bank Centre in London.

Since its highly acclaimed debut in 1986, the OAE has performed works by composers as wide ranging as Purcell and J.S. Bach, Haydn and Mozart, Brahms and Wagner. Conductors have included both period instrument specialists - Frans Brüggen, Ton Koopman and Gustav Leonhardt - as well as major personalities from the modern orchestral world including Mark Elder, Andrew Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Simon Rattle, Iván Fischer, Heinrich Schiff and Paavo Järvi.

Highlights of the OAE's early performances include Idomeneo with Simon Rattle (1987); regular appearances at the Glyndebourne Festival; the Haydn Series (1989) and the 'Bach the colourful dramatist' series (1992). In 1991, the OAE celebrated 'Mozart Year' with appearances at the Salzburg Festival and in the South Bank Centre's 'Mozart Now'. As its contribution to the Rossini bi-centenary celebration in 1992, the OAE gave the UK premiere of his opera seria Ermione. One of the highlights of the 1993-1994 season was the Orchestra's European tour conducted by Simon Rattle. 1994 also mared the OAE's debut at the Edinburgh Festival with two concerts of L.v. Beethoven symphonies under Sir Charles Mackerras.

1995 also saw the beginning of the OAE's new residency at St. Georges, Brandon Hill, in Bristol, in association with BBC Radio 3 FM. The 1995-1996 season marks the OAE's 10th Anniversary. Highlights have included performances of Cosi fan Tutte under Sir Simon Rattle (with a subsequent recording for EMI), Paavo Järvi's first appearance with the OAE in a programme of 19th century music and concerts of Baroque music with Gustav Leonhardt and Christophe Rousset. Simon Rattle returned to conduct the OAE in July 1996 in a performance of Haydn's The Creation. In the summer of 1996, the OAE made its debut at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in a performance of Verdi's Alzira under Mark Elder and returned to the Edinburgh Festival with a performance of Elijah conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras. The 1996-1997 season included concerts with Frans Brüggen, Ivan Fischer, Roger Norrington, Nicholas McGegan, Paavo Järvi and Bruno Weil, as well as a major European tour with Sir Simon Rattle.

Last season (2000-2001?) consolidated the OAE's reputation for playing 19th century opera on period instruments with highly acclaimed performances of Weber's Euryanthe and Verdi's Simon Boccanegra both under Mark Elder.

The OAE's education programme has developed enthusiastically since it was started in 1994, and helps bring period- instrument performances to a wider audience. Players from the OAE take part in projects in local primary and secondary schools, introducing children to music from South Bank concert programmes.

Source: Sony Classical Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (June 2001)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

Conductor

As

Works

Harry Christophers

Orchestra

Arias from BWV 244, BWV 508 [w Soprano Elin Manahan Thomas]

Stephen Layton

Orchestra

BWV 245, BWV 248

Gustav Leonhardt

Orchestra

BWV 11, BWV 173a, BWV 201, BWV 205, BWV 208, BWV 211, BWV 213, BWV 214, BWV 215, BWV 249

Elizabeth Wallfisch & Anthony Robson

Orchestra

Sinfonias from BWV 12, BWV 21

Recordings of Bach’s Instrumental Works

Conductor

As

Works

Alison Bury

Orchestra

Brandenburg Concertos BWV 1048

Monica Huggett

Orchestra

Brandenburg Concertos BWV 1047, BWV 1049, BWV 1051

Catherine Mackintosh

Orchestra

Brandenburg Concertos BWV 1050

Elizabeth Wallfisch

Orchestra

Violin Concertos BWV 1041, BWV 1042, BWV 1043, BWV 1064R
Triple Concerto BWV 1044
Brandenburg Concertos
BWV 1046-1051
Violin & Oboe Concertos BWV 1052R, BWV 1055R, BWV 1056R, BWV 1060R
Oboe Concertos BWV 1053R, 1059R

Links to other Sites

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Official Website)
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Classical Music UK)

Sony Classical Artist: Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment

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