Sir Simon Rattle and the OAE in Europe



We are delighted to be collaborating again this month with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, for performances in Paris and Brussels, where the orchestra is joined by Principal Artist Sir Simon Rattle.
Having been associated with the Orchestra almost since its inception, Sir Simon joins the OAE’s 30th birthday celebrations by conducting an OAE first – Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony.
The OAE and Sir Simon will then go on to perform the programme at the Royal Festival Hall in London (Friday 22 April) and The Anvil in Basingstoke (Saturday 23 April). 
 
The remainder of the programme is made up of music that was either written or performed in Vienna in 1880: Brahms’ turbulent ‘Tragic’ overture, and the ‘Scherzo’ from Hans Rott’s Symphony. An organ pupil of Bruckner, Rott was described by Mahler as “the founder of the New Symphony as I see it” but died at just twenty-five years old.
 
Bruckner called his sixth symphony one of his boldest works. Its four movements seem to flow from a single source of inspiration and are full of intimacy, vitality and optimism, as though ‘freed’ from the demons which haunt his other symphonies. It’s significantly shorter than his other symphonies, and is seldom heard in concert or in recordings. 
 
Programme:
 
Brahms        Tragic Overture, Op. 81                                                  
Rott              ‘Scherzo’ from Symphony No. 1 in E major               
Bruckner      Symphony No. 6 in A major (WAB 106)                   
 
Askonas Holt-managed tour:
 
Wednesday 20 April 2016
Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris
 
Thursday 21 April 2016
Bozar, Brussels
 
Further performances with Sir Simon Rattle: 
Friday 22 April 2016
Royal Festival Hall, London
 
Saturday 23 April 2016
The Anvil, Basingstoke
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