Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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Thu 10 Jan 2019

Kings Place Hall One

Barbara Strozzi – Star of Venice

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Barbara Strozzi Canto di belle bocca
Barbara Strozzi Le tre Grazie à Venere
Barbara Strozzi Silentio nocivo
Barbara Strozzi L'Amante modesto op 1
Barbara Strozzi Pace Arrabbiata, op 1
Barbara Strozzi Lagrime mei op 1
Barbara Strozzi È pazzo il mio core
Claudio Monteverdi Ballo: Volgendo il ciel
Claudio Monteverdi Il Ballo delle Ingrate

Christian Curnyn conductor
Mary Bevan soprano

Barbara Strozzi was famed throughout 17th century Venice for her glorious voice and artistry, ‘la virtuosissima cantatrice’ of the city state.

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With its very long neck and large size, the theorbo is easy to spot in any ensemble.

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Claudio Monteverdi (1567 –1643)


His times: Monteverdi set in motion the development of what we’ve come to know as opera.

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Spitalfields Music Summer Festival

Thu 29 May 2014


Spitalfields!  If it was an actual field you wouldn’t visit it, but it’s not, it’s a hive of cultural activity that we love, and this year we’re all over it.

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A couple of celebrations…

Tue 23 Apr 2013

Today is not only St. George’s Day but also World Book Day, so we thought we’d mix some British music with some literature-related music and the result is a new Spotify playlist, including Purcell’s works on Shakespeare, Monteverdi’s on Petrarca, Strauss on Cervantes…

Add some Dowland, Britten, Tallis, Sullivan and of course the most well-known versions of Romeo and Juliet (Berlioz, Prokofiev and Bernstein’s West Side Story) and you’ll have a wonderful soundtrack for your day. Enjoy it!

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Sensual, sultry and explicit; yep we’re talking Monteverdi Vespers

Wed 23 Feb 2011

No, really, we are.

It’s also joyous, intense, life enhancing and dance-like. Sounds like pretty good stuff eh?

In this, one of our latest videos, Alison Bury (violinist and OAE Leader) and Nicholas Mulroy (tenor from the Choir of the Enlightenment) talk about this extraordinary piece, which as you will know, as just been released by us on our new label.  Enjoy the video, and remember you can order it direct through us for the knockdown price of £15 for the two CD set. Plus first 100 orders get a FREE OAE book. Also on that link are directions to various places you can download the recording.

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5 Star Monteverdi

Mon 21 Feb 2011

The first reviews for the premiere recording on our new label OAE Released are in, and we were thrilled to be awarded a full 5 stars in The Independent, with the reviewer stating “Not all orchestras are the same, runs the message on the cover, and it’s true.”

Read this review and another online one below, and don’t forget you can purchase the CD direct through us on our website. Also click through for details of download sites and other suppliers.

The Independent

Classical CD Reviews

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