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
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: Theodora / Upshaw, Daniels, Olsen, Croft
Release Date: 06/29/2004   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 2099   Number of Discs: 1
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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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Handel: Theodora / Upshaw, Daniels, Olsen, Croft [blu-ray]
Release Date: 03/26/2013   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 2099   Number of Discs: 1
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    Offenbach: Fantasio / Elder, Connolly, Sherratt, Braun, Davies
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 51 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Aled Hall,  Victoria Simmonds,  Sarah Connolly,  Robert Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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  • 2.
    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, Connolly, 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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    Gluck: The Great Operas / Gardiner, Minkowski, McCreesh
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002088102 Release Date: 07/15/2014   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Derek Lee Ragin,  Sylvia McNair,  Cyndia Sieden,  Richard Croft  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Marc Minkowski,  Paul McCreesh,  Bernhard Forck  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Les Musiciens du Louvre  ... 
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    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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  • 7.
    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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    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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  • 9.
    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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  • 10.
    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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  • 11.
    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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  • 12.
    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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  • 13.
    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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  • 14.
    Thomas Hampson: 5 Classic Albums
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 844232 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Gioachino Rossini,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Daniil Shtoda,  Timothy Robinson,  Geoffrey Parsons  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Armstrong,  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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  • 15.
    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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    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro / Ticciati, Glyndebourne Festival [blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7118 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lydia Teuscher,  Vito Priante,  Sally Matthews,  Audun Iversen  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Glyndebourne Chorus
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  • 17.
    Va Pensiero, Sullali Dorate - Verdi's Life Told by Thomas Hampson
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2051048 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson
    Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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  • 18.
    Handel: Theodora / Upshaw, Daniels, Olsen, Croft [blu-ray]
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2099 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Dawn Upshaw,  David Daniels,  Frode Olsen,  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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  • 19.
    Bach: St. John Passion / Layton, Bostridge, Davies, Sampson, Davies, Mulroy
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67901 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Nicholas Mulroy,  Ian Bostridge,  Carolyn Sampson,  Iestyn Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Polyphony
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  • 20.
    EMI Eminence - The Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 393872 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  David Nolan,  Jonathan Small,  George Malcolm,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher,  Vernon Handley,  George Guest,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir  ... 
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  • 21.
    Anniversary Series - Early Music Collection
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 301 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Gregorio Strozzi,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Juan Hidalgo  ... 
    Performer:  Emma Murphy,  David Kenedy,  Gail Hennessy,  Nicholas Parle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Charivari Agréable,  Cordaria  ... 
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  • 22.
    Mahler: Totenfeier, Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen / Connolly, Jurowski
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 259 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Sarah Connolly
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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  • 23.
    Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos / Ibragimova, Jurowski, Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67795 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Alina Ibragimova
    Conductor:  Vladimir Jurowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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  • 24.
    Rachel - The Music I Love /  Rachel Podger
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 6212 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Rachel Podger,  Gary Cooper,  Jane Rogers,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Conductor:  Pavlo Beznosiuk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arte Dei Suonatori,  Holland Baroque Society,  Brecon Baroque  ... 
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  • 25.
    Handel: Rinaldo / Prina, Mead, Fritsch, Rae, Abrahamyan, Dantone
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1081 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Brenda Rae,  Sonia Prina,  Anett Fritsch,  Timothy Mead  ... 
    Conductor:  Ottavio Dantone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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