Anthony Halstead

Biography

Born: June 18, 1945; Manchester, England  
Anthony Halstead began his career as a horn player who held first-chair posts in some of the more prominent English orchestras. A sort of offshoot career soon emerged in period-instrument performance when he developed a sensational technique on hand horns of the Baroque and Classical eras. In the mid-'70s Halstead took up conducting and in that role etched out a major career in his association with the Hanover Band, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Read more and Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra. As conductor or director (he has often directed orchestras from the keyboard in concert and on recordings) he has led many acclaimed concerts throughout the world and made more than 50 recordings for a variety of labels, including CPO, Musica Sveciae, Naxos, EMI, and Nimbus.

Halstead was born on June 18, 1945, in Manchester, England. He studied music at Chetham's School in Manchester, and later at the Royal Manchester School of Music. His chosen instrument initially was the piano, though he also studied horn and organ, as well as composition. He eventually turned his focus to the horn, but without abandoning his keyboard activities -- he later studied the harpsichord with George Malcolm. He also took lessons in conducting with Charles Mackerras.

Halstead was appointed principal horn player for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 1966, and soon advanced to other more prestigious first-chair posts, including in the London Symphony Orchestra. After further study on the horn in the early '70s with Horace Fitzpatrick, he developed greater interest in hand horns and soon landed principal horn posts in several period-instrument ensembles, including the English Chamber Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, the Hanover Band, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

In 1976 Halstead debuted as conductor leading the premiere of a modern work, Elisabeth Lutyens' One and the Same. Soon he began regularly conducting several important period ensembles, most particularly the Hanover Band. In the latter twentieth and early years of the twenty first centuries, Halstead, while remaining active as a horn player, steadily developed his career as one of the foremost English conductors of period-instrument music.

In 1995 Halstead launched a most ambitious project with the Hanover Band, the complete orchestral works of J.C. Bach, which would include the harpsichord and fortepiano concertos, with Halstead directing from the keyboard. He finished this 22-CD set for CPO in the early 2000s, with the last release issued in 2006. Read less

Biography

Born: June 18, 1945; Manchester, England  
Anthony Halstead began his career as a horn player who held first-chair posts in some of the more prominent English orchestras. A sort of offshoot career soon emerged in period-instrument performance when he developed a sensational technique on hand horns of the Baroque and Classical eras. In the mid-'70s Halstead took up conducting and in that role etched out a major career in his association with the Hanover Band, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
J.C. Bach: Sextet in C for oboe, 2 horns, violin, cello & keyboard (w.o. no.) - 1. Allegro
J.C. Bach: Sextet in C for oboe, 2 horns, violin, cello & keyboard (w.o. no.) - 2. Larghetto
J.C. Bach: Sextet in C for oboe, 2 horns, violin, cello & keyboard (w.o. no.) - 3. Rondo. Allegro
Handel: From Samson (Act I): Sinfonia, HWV 57 - 1. Andante - Adagio
Handel: From Samson (Act I): Sinfonia, HWV 57 - 2. Allegro
Handel: From Samson (Act I): Sinfonia, HWV 57 - 3. Menuetto
Handel: From Samson (Act I): Sinfonia, HWV 57 - 1. Andante - Adagio
Handel: From Samson (Act I): Sinfonia, HWV 57 - 2. Allegro
Handel: From Samson (Act I): Sinfonia, HWV 57 - 3. Menuetto
Brahms: 4 Gesänge, Op.17 - 1. Es tönt ein voller Harfenklang (F. Ruperti)
Brahms: 4 Gesänge, Op.17 - 2. Lied von Shakespeare
Brahms: 4 Gesänge, Op.17 - 3. Der Gärtner (J. Eichendorff)
Brahms: 4 Gesänge, Op.17 - 4. Gesang aus Fingal (Ossian)
I. Allegro
II. Adagio sostenuto
III. Rondo: Allegretto
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.1 In F, BWV 1046 - 1. (Without Tempo Indication)
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.1 In F, BWV 1046 - 2. Adagio
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.1 In F, BWV 1046 - 3. Allegro
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.1 In F, BWV 1046 - 4. Menuet - Trio - Polonaise
I. Allegretto
II. Tempo di Menuetto
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andantino
III. Rondeau: Allegro di molto
Mozart: Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra in C, K.299 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra in C, K.299 - 2. Andantino
Mozart: Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra in C, K.299 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Mozart: Andante For Flute And Orchestra in C Major, K.315
Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B flat, K.191 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B flat, K.191 - 2. Andante ma adagio
Mozart: Flute Concerto No.1 in G, K.313 - 1. Allegro maestoso
Mozart: Flute Concerto No.1 in G, K.313 - 2. Adagio non troppo
Mozart: Flute Concerto No.1 in G, K.313 - 3. Rondo (Tempo di Menuetto)
I. Allegro
II. Rondeau: Allegretto
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante
III. Allegro non tanto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Rondeau: Allegro
I. Allegretto
II. Minuetto
I. Andante
II. Minuetto
I. Allegro
II. Minuetto
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Non tanto allegro
II. Allegretto
I. Allegro assai
II. Andante
III. Allegro moderato
Handel: From Samson (Act I): Sinfonia, HWV 57 - 1. Andante - Adagio
Handel: From Samson (Act I): Sinfonia, HWV 57 - 2. Allegro
Handel: From Samson (Act I): Sinfonia, HWV 57 - 3. Menuetto
Mozart: Horn Concerto No.3 in E flat, K.447 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Horn Concerto No.3 in E flat, K.447 - 2. Romanze (Larghetto)
Mozart: Horn Concerto No.3 in E flat, K.447 - 3. Allegro
Mozart: Horn Concerto No.2 in E flat, K.417 - 1. Allegro maestoso
Mozart: Horn Concerto No.2 in E flat, K.417 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Horn Concerto No.2 in E flat, K.417 - 3. Rondo
Mozart: Horn Concerto No.4 in E flat, K.495 - 1. Allegro moderato
Mozart: Horn Concerto No.4 in E flat, K.495 - 2. Romanza (Andante)
Mozart: Horn Concerto No.4 in E flat, K.495 - 3. Rondo (Allegro vivace)
Mozart: Allegro in D for Horn and Orchestra, K.412 - Reconstructed by John Humphries - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Allegro in D for Horn and Orchestra, K.412 - Reconstructed by John Humphries - 2. Rondo:Allegro
Mozart: Rondo in D for Horn and Orchestra, K.514 - Completed by F. X Süssmayr - (Allegro)
I. Allegro
II. Grave
III. Presto
I. Overture
II. Die canonierende Pallas (Pallas in canon)
III. Das Alster-Echo (Alster Echo)
IV. Die Hamburgischen Glockenspiele (Hamburg Carillons)
V. Der Schwanen Gesang (Swan Song)
VI. Der Alster Schaffer Dorff Music (Village music of the Alster shepherds)
VII. Die concertierenden Frosche und Krahen (Concertizing frogs and crows)
VIII. Der ruhende Pan (Pan at rest)
IX. Der Schaffer und Nymphen eilfertiger Abzug (The hurried departure of nymphs and shepherds)
I. Largo; Allegro moderato
II. Larghetto
III. Rondo: Allegretto


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