Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Biography

Active: 1986 - ; London, England
In the late 1970s and early 1980s the "original instruments" (or "authentic instruments") groups began to be appear. They ordinarily associated with particular individual conductors, usually the musician who formed each in the first place, and were not full-time organizations. Typically they gathered for a limited number of concerts and recordings a year, and their membership was variable. Half the people playing on one day's studio session as Read more the London Classical Players might have been on stage the week before as part of the Academy of Ancient Music.

In 1986, a group of the best of these freelance players sought increased security and the artistic benefits of performing regularly as a permanent orchestra, and formed the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. As most London orchestras, they organized themselves into a self-governing co-operative owned by its musicians. As a matter of policy, they decided against appointing anyone as its music director or permanent conductor. This meant they had to shine from the outset to attract the best interpreters to lead their performances.

That they did. They immediately made a mark in the central Baroque- and Classical-era repertory of composers like Purcell, Vivaldi, the Bachs, the Haydn brothers, and the Mozarts under such leaders in the period instrument field as Frans Brüggen, Ton Koopman, Gustav Leonhardt, Sigiswald Kuijken, and Charles Mackerras. An early success was when they served as the orchestra for a production of Mozart's Idomeneo with Simon Rattle in 1987.

In 1989, they were invited to perform in a major series of Haydn concerts, making their debut at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, with which it has often performed since. In 1991, the anniversary year of Mozart's death, the OAE performed at the Salzburg Festival and in the "Mozart Now" series at London's South Bank Centre.

Being without a permanent conductor, the OAE held itself out as available to perform with conductors who are not part of the Baroque and Classical specialist crowd, such as Paavo Järvi, Sir Simon Rattle, Ivan Fischer, Andrew Davis, Heinrich Schiff, and Mark Elder. Most of the OAE's members can be considered scholar-specialists on the history of their own instrument and have mastered all the successive technical variants thereof that occurred over the years. Thus, the OAE often performs music of such composers of Rossini, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Wagner, and even Tchaikovsky and Mahler on instruments appropriate to these masters' own periods.

In 1992, Brüggen and Rattle agreed to be named the OAE's principal guest conductors, and have performed often with it since. Its regular venues are London's Royal Festival Hall (where it is an Associate Ensemble) and St. George's Bristol, where it is the Resident Ensemble. In 2002, its long association with Glyndebourne was formalized as it was officially named that venue's "Associate Orchestra." The orchestra has toured widely, including 17 countries in Europe alone, as well as major venues in most other parts of the world and has recorded over 50 CD releases. Read less
Handel: Giulio Cesare / Connolly, Kirchschlager, Christie, Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 04/28/2009   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 7024   Number of Discs: 2
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Beethoven: Symphonies 4 & 7 / Jurowski, Age Of Enlightenment Orchestra
Release Date: 05/31/2011   Label: Juxtapositions  
Catalog: 3079298   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart - The Great Operas [13-DVD Set]
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 1131   Number of Discs: 13
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    Handel: Saul / Purves, Davies, Bolton
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1216 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  John Graham-Hall,  Sophie Bevan,  Benjamin Hulett,  Paul Appleby  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Glyndebourne Chorus
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    Handel: Saul / Purves, Davies, Bolton [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7205 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Christopher Purves,  Lucy Crowe,  Iestyn Davies,  Paul Appleby  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Glyndebourne Chorus
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    Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail / Matthews, Ticciati
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1215 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jonas Cradock,  Tobias Kehrer,  Sally Matthews,  Edgaras Montvidas  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Glyndebourne Chorus
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    Mozart: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail / Matthews, Ticciati [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 72004 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mari Eriksmoen,  Brenden Gunnell,  Edgaras Montvidas,  Tobias Kehrer  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Glyndebourne Chorus
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  • 5.
    Schubert: Masses / Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Vienna Boys Choir
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 796449 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Georg Leskovich,  Alexander Nader,  Jörg Hering,  Harry Van der Kamp  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Weil
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus Viennensis,  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Vienna Boys' Choir
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  • 6.
    Haydn: 107 Symphonies / Hogwood, Bruggen, Dantone
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002488702 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 35
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Wouter Moller,  Lucy Van Dael,  Ku Ebbinge,  Danny Bond
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Frans Brüggen,  Ottavio Dantone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Accademia Bizantina  ... 
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  • 7.
    Aria: Bach's Most Beautiful Arias
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002489302 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Christine Schäfer,  Magdalena Kozená,  Thomas Quasthoff,  Renée Fleming  ... 
    Conductor:  Sebastian Weigle,  Andreas Delfs,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Lars Ulrik Mortensen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  Staatskapelle Dresden,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 8.
    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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  • 9.
    Rameau: Anacreon 1754
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 402 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Performer:  Anna Dennis,  Matthew Brook,  Agustin Prunell-Friend
    Conductor:  Jonathan Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
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  • 10.
    Donizetti: Les Martyrs
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 52 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Simon Preece,  Joyce El-Khoury,  Clive Bayley,  Wynne Evans  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Opera Rara Chorus
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  • 11.
    Thomas Hampson - Autograph
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564619045 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Charles Gounod,  Ambroise Thomas,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Charlotte Margiono,  Delores Ziegler,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Michel Plasson,  Antonio de Almeida,  Richard Armstrong  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Netherlands Opera Chorus,  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra  ... 
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  • 12.
    C. P. E. Bach: Symphonies / Miller, Age of Enlightenment
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 395 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Conductor:  Rebecca Miller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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  • 13.
    Offenbach: Fantasio / Connolly, Rae, Elder
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 51 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Neal Davies,  Aled Hall,  Victoria Simmonds,  Sarah Connolly  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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  • 14.
    Faure: Requiem; Cantique De Jean Racine; Messe Basse
    Label: King's College Choir   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Douglas Tang,  Tom Etheridge,  Joshua [Treble Vocal] Curtis
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Cambridge King's College Choir
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    Rameau: Hippolyte Et Aricie / Christie, Connolly, Degout, Lyon, Lis, Karg [blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7150 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Performer:  Katherine Watson,  Christiane Karg,  Sarah Connolly,  Ed Lyon  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Glyndebourne Chorus
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    Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie / Lyon, Karg, Christie
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1143 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Performer:  Julie Pasturaud,  François Lis,  Stčphane Degout,  Ed Lyon  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Glyndebourne Chorus
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  • 17.
    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Debretzeni, Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 377 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Kati Debretzeni
    Conductor:  Kati Debretzeni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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  • 18.
    Mozart - The Great Operas [13-DVD Set]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1131 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ramón Vargas,  Ekaterina Siurina,  Magdalena Kozená,  Jeffrey Francis  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington,  Constantinos Carydis,  Sylvain Cambreling,  Victor Pablo Pérez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Salzburg,  Salzburg Bach Choir,  Netherlands Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 19.
    The CPE Bach Collection [13-CD Set]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 463492 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Anner Bylsma,  Bob van Asperen,  Herbert Tachezi,  Hillevi Martinpelto  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Bob van Asperen,  Philippe Herreweghe,  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Melante Amsterdam,  Ghent Collegium Vocale  ... 
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  • 20.
    Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Layton, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Trinity College Choir
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68031 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  James Gilchrist,  Iestyn Davies,  Matthew Brook,  Rachel Ambrose Evans  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
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  • 21.
    Mozart: Complete Horn Concertos
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 345 Release Date: 11/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Roger Montgomery
    Conductor:  Margaret Faultless
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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  • 22.
    Opera Baroque
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908658 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 42
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Pier Francesco Cavalli,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Jean-Baptiste Lully  ... 
    Performer:  Graciela Oddone,  Simon Keenlyside,  Juanita Lascarro,  Martina Dike  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Concerto Vocale,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin  ... 
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  • 23.
    Rossini: La Cenerentola  / Jurowski, Sheeran, Cirillo, Donose, Chiummo, Corbelli
    Label: Glyndebourne Festival Opera   Catalog: 18 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Alessandro Corbelli,  Umberto Chiummo,  Ruxandra Donose,  Raquela Sheeran  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Glyndebourne Chorus
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  • 24.
    Handel: Chandos Anthems / Gritton, Davies, Hobbs, Layton
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67926 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Susan Gritton,  Thomas Hobbs,  Iestyn Davies
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir,  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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  • 25.
    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro / Matthews, Priante, Murray, Ticciati, Glyndebourne
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1102 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Nicholas Folwell,  Alan Oke,  Ann Murray,  Andrew Shore  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Glyndebourne Chorus
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