Visions, Illusions and Delusions is the first part of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Six Chapters of Enlightenment; six special seasons exploring through music the golden age of science and philosophy that gave the Orchestra its name.
Shaken out of old certainties by quantum leaps in science, the Enlightenment started with radical doubts: is seeing believing? Should we really judge by experiences? Who can I trust? Is love what you think it is? What is right and what is wrong?
The OAE are unlocking these questions with characters such as Judas, Semele and Berenice; musicians that are always confounding expectations, such as Nicola Benedetti and Sir András Schiff; or the jokes and hidden secrets of Mozart’s scores.
If you’re new to the OAE, you should know they play on instruments from the period the music was written. Each concert needs hours of research to understand centuries of performance tradition, making old music new.
If you’re already a fan, the orchestra’s lovingly-crafted performances are combined more than ever with special efforts to help you discover what the composers were thinking, and how the times they live in influenced their music.
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