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French Impressionists with Sir Simon Rattle. Tour video diary – No.3

Wed 19 Sep 2012

Sadly, it’s time for the third and concluding part of our Rattle Tour 2012 video diary.

Here, we feature interviews with Katherine Spencer (Bass Clarinet), Anthony Robson (Oboe) and Claire Holden (Violin) and rehearsal footage of Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Sir Simon Rattle and of course, our lovely Orchestra.

And…some tutus. Enjoy!

(Kindly filmed by our Projects Manager Megan and Graduate Intern Sophie.)

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French Impressionists with Sir Simon Rattle and Pierre-Laurent Aimard – pictures

Fri 24 Aug 2012

Our French Impressionists tour back in June, where we played the music of Debussy, Ravel and Fauré, was a fantastic way to end our season, and culminated in a packed concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Here are a few pictures from the concert.

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French Impressionists with Sir Simon Rattle. Tour video diary – No.2

Thu 23 Aug 2012

For the second instalment of our tour diary we’re in Rotterdam. Or is it Amsterdam?

Whatever – this second part includes an interview with piano specialist and tuner  Brian MaCartney, who tells us all about the 1920’s Erard piano that was used in this tour.

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French Impressionists with Sir Simon Rattle. Tour video diary – No.1

Fri 17 Aug 2012

Back in June we were on tour with Principal Artist Sir Simon Rattle, visiting Paris, Rotterdam, Brussels, Cologne and Hamburg with a programme of Fauré, Ravel and Debussy.

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The Rattle tour: Chi-chi’s photo diary

Fri 13 Jul 2012

We thought we’d share with you these pictures from our Principal Double Bass, Chi-chi Nwanoku – a kind of photo-diary of our tour with Sir Simon Rattle last month, when we visited Paris, Rotterdam, Brussels, Cologne, Hamburg and of course, London.

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Rattle Reviewed

Wed 13 Jun 2012

Sir Simon Rattle and the OAE at the Royal Festival Hall

Here’s a round up of reviews from Sunday’s French Impressionists concerts with Sir Simon Rattle and Pierre-Laurent Aimard:

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French Impressionists with Sir Simon Rattle: Audience Reaction

Tue 12 Jun 2012

Simon Rattle Audience reaction

We caught up with audience members after Sunday’s concert with Sir Simon Rattle and Pierre-Laurent Aimard to ask them what they thought  – here’s what they said. More photos and video from the Rattle tour coming soon.

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Last night’s encores

Mon 11 Jun 2012

So, for those of you who were at the 7pm concert at the Royal Festival Hall last night, here’s what the encores were:

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Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

Composer

His times: Fauré lived through a changing France, born into an entrenched tradition but witnessing the arrival of new trends and the shifting of the creative vanguard from Vienna to Paris. Though these changes were largely realised by the generation after Fauré, in a sense he paved the way for them by radically overhauling the country’s musical education system as director of the influential Paris Conservatoire.

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We wouldn’t usually do this kind of thing… (AKA exciting stuff is expensive stuff)

Tue 29 May 2012

OAE French Impressionists Appeal

OK. We admit. We wouldn’t usually do this kind of thing. The OAE Blog is for fun stuff, and it’s not about the hard sell. But we hope you’ll indulge us just this once.

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Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

Composer

His times: Like his colleague and compatriot Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel was active at a time when the epicentre of musical activity in Europe was moving from the Austro-German cities of Vienna and Berlin to the French capital. Led by a Paris on the cusp of Modernism, musical priorities were changing too. Suddenly beauty was a priority and the ‘development’ of musical themes wasn’t.

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Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Composer

His times: Debussy’s career straddled one of the most fascinating periods in music history: the dusk of Romanticism and the emergence of Modernism. Music was becoming less a harmonious, evolving journey of mutual learning and agreement and more an outright battle between opposing ideologies.

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