OAE, Sir Roger Norrington & Nikolai Demidenko Summer Festivals Tour


ICA is delighted to be working with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment [OAE] for the first time, touring to the Klara Festival, Brussels, Chopin Festival, Warsaw and Helsinki Festival this weekend.

The OAE will be conducted by Sir Roger Norrington and joined by ICA pianist Nikolai Demidenko. The programme for the Brussels and Helsinki performances is Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 1, followed by Berlioz’s thrilling masterpiece Symphonie fantastique.  In Warsaw the Beethoven is replaced by Polish composer Stanislaw Moniuszko’s Concert Overture The Fairytale.

The Chopin will be performed on period Pleyel pianos throughout the tour and the concert in Helsinki marks the OAE’s first performance in the recently opened Music Centre, as well as it being the first time Helsinki has received a period-instrument performance of Symphonie fantastique.

ICA present OAE, Sir Roger Norrington & Nikolai Demidenko Summer Festivals Tour

29 Aug 2013

ICA is delighted to be working with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment [OAE] for the first time, touring to the Klara Festival, Brussels, Chopin Festival, Warsaw and Helsinki Festival this...

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Sir Roger Norrington conductor

Nikolai Demidenko piano

 


 

Friday 30 August 2013 BOZAR, Brussels (20.00) 

Beethoven - Egmont Overture                                                                                       

Chopin - Piano Concerto No 1, Op 11, E minor                                                              

Interval

Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique, Op 14                                                                           

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Saturday 31 August 2013 Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, Warsaw (20.00) 

Moniuszko - Concert Overture The Fairytale                                                                   

Chopin - Piano Concerto No 1, Op 11, E minor                                                              

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Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique, Op 14                                                                         

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Sunday 1 September 2013 Helsinki Music Centre, Helsinki (19.00)

Beethoven - Egmont Overture                                                                                       

Chopin - Piano Concerto No 1, Op 11, E minor                                                              

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Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique, Op 14                                                                           

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Orchestra

Just over two decades ago, a group of inquisitive London musicians took a long hard look at that curious institution we call the Orchestra, and decided to start again from scratch. They began by throwing out the rulebook. Put a single conductor in charge? No way. Specialise in repertoire of a particular era? Too restricting. Perfect a work and then move on? Too lazy. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment was born.

And as this distinctive ensemble playing on period-specific instruments began to get a foothold, it made a promise to itself. It vowed to keep questioning and inventing as long as it lived. Residences at the Southbank Centre and the Glyndebourne Festival didn’t numb its experimentalist bent. A major record deal didn’t iron out its quirks. Instead, the OAE examined musical notes with ever more freedom and resolve.

That creative thirst remains unquenched. Informal night-time performances are redefining concert formats. Searching approaches to varied repertoire see the OAE working frequently with symphony and opera orchestras. New generations of exploratory musicians are encouraged into its ranks. Great performances now become recordings on the orchestra’s own CD label. It thrives internationally: New York and Amsterdam court it; Birmingham and Bristol cherish it.

In its twenty-sixth season, the OAE is part of our musical furniture. It has even graced the outstanding conducting talents of Elder, Rattle, Jurowski and Fischer with a joint title. But don’t ever think the ensemble has lost sight of its founding vow. Not all orchestras are the same. And there’s nothing quite like this one.


Sir Roger Norrington

Conductor

For nearly fifty years Sir Roger Norrington has been at the forefront of the movement for historically informed orchestral playing. Whether with his own London Classical Players in the 1980s, with his Stuttgart Radio Symphony or Camerata Salzburg in recent years, or with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment from its foundation, he has sought to put modern players in touch with the historical style of the music they play. The work involves orchestra size and seating, tempo, phrasing, articulation and sound.

Sir Roger (he was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 1997) sang and played the violin from a young age, and began to conduct at Cambridge. He studied at the Royal College of Music under Sir Adrian Boult and at the same time founded the first of several groups for the performance of early music, the Heinrich Schütz Choir. This was followed ten years later by the London Classical Players, which achieved worldwide fame with their dramatic recordings of the nine Beethoven Symphonies. Works by Haydn, Mozart, Berlioz, Brahms, Bruckner, and many others followed, and established Norrington as a key exponent of historical style.

As early as 1966 Norrington had been made Music Director of the new and exciting Kent Opera. Here again he introduced innovative thinking about orchestra size, playing style and tempi, particularly with the earlier repertoire. He brought to opera the distinguished directors Jonathan Miller and Nicholas Hytner. He conducted many hundreds of performances for Kent and went on to work at Covent Garden and the English National Opera, for La Scala and La Fenice and at the Vienna Staatsoper.

The choir, the orchestra and the opera had done their pioneering work and Norrington moved on to share his historical findings with more “modern” orchestras, choirs and opera companies. He is a frequent guest with many of the world’s major orchestras – Berlin Philharmonic and Vienna philharmonics, Deutsche Symphonie, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Concertgebouw, l’Orchestre de Paris, NHK in Tokyo, and the Philharmonia. In the US he has appeared over many years with the Boston, Chicago and San Francisco Symphonies, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cincinnati and Detroit Symphonies, and the LA Philharmonic.

Permanent posts with orchestras have included Chief Conductor of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Music Director of the Orchestra of St Luke’s, New York, Chief Conductor (now Emeritus) of Salzburg Camerata and Chief Conductor (now Emeritus) of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is currently Principal Conductor of Das Zürcher Kammerorchester, Chief Guest Conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Conductor Emeritus of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and a regular guest with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

With Stuttgart, Sir Roger made a remarkable series of over fifty recordings on the Hänssler label, spanning the core orchestral repertoire, with sets of works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Bruckner, Mahler and Elgar. Taken together they offer a vivid glimpse of how a modern orchestra can get in touch with its historical roots, cherishing the gesture and sound each composer expected in his lifetime.


Nikolai Demidenko

Piano

Nikolai Demidenko’s passionate pianism means that he is in demand worldwide.

Frequent London recitals have included the Great Performers series at the Barbican, the International Piano Series at Southbank Centre, and recently in the London Pianoforte Series at the Wigmore Hall – a Schubert recital performed to a great success and rave reviews in the national press.

He is renowned for his authoritative performances of the Russian concerto repertoire such as Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky and has worked with many conductors and orchestras throughout the world. He has a flourishing relationship with the St Petersburg Philharmonic and Yuri Temirkanov, with whom he performs regularly. He also enjoys a fruitful collaboration with several Russian artists who have made their homes in London; a cello and piano duo with Leonid Gorokhov; piano quartets with the exciting new Hermitage String Trio; and a two-piano partnership with Dmitri Alexeev, who likewise studied at the Moscow Conservatoire under Dmitri Bashkirov.

His repertoire is wide-ranging, including Bach, Clementi, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Mussorgsky and Scarlatti. Festival appearances include venues in Aldeburgh, Beijing, Dubrovnik, Eilat, New York, Oslo, Singapore and Warsaw.

Concerto engagements in recent and upcoming seasons include appearances with the Adelaide Symphony, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, NCPA Orchestra Beijing, Melbourne Symphony, Orchestre national de France, Philharmonia, Queensland Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Orquesta Nacional de España, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Sinfonieorchester St Gallen, Poznań Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Ulster and Hallé orchestras and the London Mozart Players.

For Hyperion Records Nikolai has recorded albums of Bach–Busoni, Chopin, Clementi, Liszt, Medtner, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Schubert and Schumann and concerti by Chopin, Medtner (which won a Gramophone Award), Scriabin, Tchaikovsky and Weber as well as the complete Prokofiev concerti with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Alexander Lazarev. For the Munich-based AGPL label he has recorded Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata, a collection of Scarlatti sonatas and a Chopin CD which won the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik. Autumn 2008 saw the release of a Chopin CD, including Nikolai’s first recording of the twenty-four préludes, for Onyx Classics; this CD won the MIDEM 2010 “Special Chopin Award” for a new recording.

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