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New season: Lisa Beznosiuk’s highlights

Mon Sep 22 2014

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Our Principal Flute, Lisa Beznosiuk, tell us what she’s most looking forward to in our new season of concerts, which starts on 9 October at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

9 October: Rameau’s operas, Anacréon and Pigmalion

It is always a treat to play Rameau – the music is strong, elegant and unmistakeably French and sounds wonderful on historical instruments. There is a great moment in Pigmalion where the statue comes to life and the flutes play rising chords which, though simple, are very atmospheric. As in our last Rameau performance at QEH, there’ll be authentic baroque dancing in costume – this inspires the players and really brings the whole thing to life. These  French dances – spritely gavottes & gigues, lilting sarabandes & minuets and earthy, rhythmic tambourins capture the very essence of the style. Find out more / book tickets

4 November: Donizetti’s Les Martyrs

I’m looking forward to playing another rarely performed Donizetti opera ‘Les Martyrs’ with Sir Mark Elder and a stellar cast. Sir Mark has a real hotline to the style and flavour of Italian opera so it’s always exciting and great FUN to play for him. The score calls for a huge orchestra and seems to have some very interesting colours, especially for the woodwind – we’ll find out on 4th November in the Royal Festival Hall! Find out more / book tickets

15 January: Images of Russia 

This promises to be a very special evening, with Vladimir Jurowski conducting an all-Russian programme and the legendary baritone Sergei Leiferkus singing excerpts from Mussorgsky’s ‘Boris Godunov’ – another distinctive flavour in the ‘Flying The Flag’ series. In our very first concert with Vladimir we played Borodin and Glinka then, a few years ago, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and now Mussorgsky; it’s very exciting to be playing this music on period instruments and I’ve loved ‘Night on Bare Mountain’ since I was small. Find out more / book tickets

4 March: Dvořák 

I am truly thrilled at the prospect of playing Dvorak’s New World Symphony on period instruments with Adam Fischer. OAE has played other works by Dvorak (with Mackerras, Rattle and Elder) but we have never got as far as the 9th Symphony – I think it will be a first in the UK. And we’re also taking it to New York where it was first performed, all very exciting! Find out more / book tickets


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