Today the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) announced their plans for the 2013-14 season, as part of the Southbank Centre’s classical music season launch.
The forthcoming season is linked under the theme of ‘game changers’, focusing on both works or composers who were pivotal in shaping musical history as well as the performers of today who they regard as game changers.
The season opens on 30 September 2013 with William Christie conducting a programme of overtures and suites by Rameau; arias sung by French soprano Sandrine Piau will also feature.
Arcangelo Corelli will be the focus of the orchestra’s concert in October 2013 with a celebration of this 300th anniversary. The programme will give the audience an overview of his whole oeuvre, and will also include a new commission – Corelli Leaves by Clare Connors.
In March 2014 the OAE will focus their attention on the mysterious violincello da spalla – a rarely seen or heard instrument, which is effectively a small cello played under the chin. Violinist and conductor Sigiswald Kujiken will perform on the instrument, playing a number of pieces which he believes were originally written for this instrument.
Each season is co-curated by two members of the ensemble; 2013-14 is the work of the orchestra’s leader, Kati Debretzeni, and their timpanist, Adrian Bending.