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Reactions: The Tognetti tour

Wed 26 Nov 2014

It’s over. One week and five performances later and our time with the incredible Richard Tognetti has sadly come to a close. But what a week it’s been.

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Gamechangers: Arcangelo Corelli – Audience Reaction

Mon 4 Nov 2013

Last week we celebrated the music of Corelli as part of our Gamechangers series – as well as giving the premiere of Clare Connor’s new piece, Corelli Leaves. Here’s what audience members at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London thought of the concert.

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Three eras of divas: reviews and reaction

Fri 5 Oct 2012

We caught up with audience members after Sunday’s Southbank Centre concert with Sir Roger Norrington and Anna Caterina Antonacci to ask them what they thought  – here’s what they said.

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Fairy Queen: First reviews

Wed 25 Jul 2012

Last week Glyndebourne’s production of Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen opened, with us providing musical accompaniment from the pit. The first reviews are in and here’s what they had to say:

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Figaro: First reviews

Mon 2 Jul 2012

Nozze di Figaro © Alistair Muir

Here are the reviews so far from our first performance of The Marriage of Figaro at Glyndebourne.

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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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Look! No Conductor! Reviews

Tue 8 May 2012

Here are a couple of reviews from our Look! No Conductor! concerts in London and Bristol last week, with soloists Steven Isserlis, Isabelle Faust and Robert Levin.

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Beethoven 9 CD: “Euphoric”

Fri 27 Jan 2012

Our recently released CD of Beethoven 9, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras, has already been awarded 5 stars by the Financial Times, but we’ve just come across another rather flattering review for it, this time in BBC Music Magazine: “The sleeve-note of this disc describes Beethoven’s ninth symphony as ‘euphoric’, and that is exactly the word to apply to this performance…however many Ninths you own, add this one to your treasury”

Performance: *****
Recording: *****

You can buy the CD from our online shop here, priced £9.99

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Recent reviews: The Glory of Venice

Wed 18 Jan 2012

Friday 13 January wasn’t an unlucky day for the OAE, as we had some great audience feedback following our concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with Robert Howarth directing a programme celebrating the music of Giovanni Gabrieli on the 400th anniversary of his death.

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Recent reviews: 1700s London & Messiah

Wed 14 Dec 2011

Here’s a brief round-up of reviews. First up, two from our concert of Abel, Arne, J C bach and Haydn, with violinist Rachel Podger, 1700s London and the Fab Four.

Edward Seckerson Blog

Bach Track

And here’s some from our Messiah directed by Laurence Cummings, including a less than complimentary one in the Financial Times.  As ever, we’d love to know what you thought too.

Financial Times

The Times (subscribers only)

Audience Member blog



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Missa Solemnis: Reviews and reaction

Mon 7 Nov 2011

Missa Solemnis flyer

Friday saw our performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at the Royal Festival Hall. Not only was it the first time we’ve performed this piece for 15 years, it was also the first time we had worked with conductor Gianandrea Noseda. Here’s what the critics and audience made of it.




Classical Source


The Times (subscribers only)


Twitter reaction:


johnsandell John Sandell

Missa Solemnis @theoae: loved it (with a couple of small reservations). Friends didn’t: “too loud”. But it’s not meant to be comfortable.


_mattl Matt Lewis

Disappointingly flat Missa Solemnis from @theoae last night. Muddy sound, shouty choir, general balance problems (RFH acoustics to blame?).


gui_arnoldo Guilherme Arnoldo

@theoae Thought Mr. Noseda was going to take flight during the ‘Gloria’ tonight: talk about energetic! Awesome performance, you guys rock 🙂


ryan_e_hill Ryan Hill

@NosedaG @theoae @Philchorus Thank you for a really moving performance of Beethoven’s ‘Missa solemnis’ tonight. My eyes did moisten. 🙂


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On the cusp of romance – listen again + first reviews

Wed 2 Nov 2011

Last night’s concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with conductor Frans Bruggen (pictured) was broadcast live by BBC Radio 3 and you can listen to it again for the next 7 days.


We had lots of reaction to the concert on Twitter, with a few of our favourite reactions below, and there are reviews on Classical Source and in the Daily Telegraph.



was in wonderful concert by bruggen & @theoae. i enjoyed funny haydn 60, amazing weber horn concerto w natural horn! & lovely schubert 5.



Incredible performance of Weber’s Horn Concertino by Roger Montgomery with @theoae. Difficult! #livingdangerously



@theoae This Weber is astonishing but then should be used to the quality of your concerts by now! #rfh



That was AMAZING!! Roger Montgomery played Weber’s Concertino for horn on valveless horn with such cool wizardry! @theoae



Aamazing Horn Concerto at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Loving the period sound! #parp @theoae

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Friday’s encore – plus listen again.

Mon 24 Oct 2011

Horn Shadow

Many of you were asking what the encore was at Friday’s concert with Trevor Pinnock. Well, the answer is a little complicated. It’s a minuet from Haydn’s puppet opera Philemon and Baucis, but was actually written by Karl von Ordonez.


You can read a review of the concert here.


The concert was broadcast live by BBC Radio 3 and you can still listen to it here (first half) and here (second half) until this Friday (28 Oct).

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Edinburgh reviewed

Mon 5 Sep 2011

The OAE at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh

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

Full article (subscribers only)

“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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Rinaldo at the BBC Proms: Reviews

Wed 31 Aug 2011

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:


Music OMH

Classical Source

The Times (subscribers only)


Seen and Heard

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

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Rinaldo reviewed

Tue 5 Jul 2011

Anett Fritsch as Almirena in the 2011 OAE production of Rinaldo, photograph taken 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:



Financial Times


The Arts Desk

Daily Express

Evening Standard

Music OMH

The Stage


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Rattle. Reviewed.

Thu 23 Jun 2011

Sir Simon Rattle concert at The Royal Festival Hall

Well, 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)




BBC Music Magazine

Classical Source

Bach Track

Irish Times (Dublin concert)

Petite Classique (Luxembourg concert, in French)

Picture by Joe Plommer

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Reviews roundup: Glyndebourne / Don Giovanni

Tue 31 May 2011

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.

The Arts Desk
Financial Times

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Reviews roundup: Fidelio

Tue 24 May 2011

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:



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More reviews…

Mon 9 May 2011

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

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