Davitt Moroney

Biography

Born: December 23, 1950   Country: England  
Davitt Moroney is one of today's top specialists in older keyboard instruments, one who has delved deeply into the music and aesthetics of French and English harpsichord music. He has perhaps the most scholarly orientation among leading early music performers, but his performances are accessible to any listener. Born in Britain of Irish-Italian ancestry, he studied in England, France, and the United States, coming to early music through scholarly Read more study. His PhD, granted at the University of California in 1980, dealt with the choral music of Tallis and Byrd. Through the 1970s, however, he studied organ (with the Austrian player Susi Jeans) and harpsichord (with the Canadian Kenneth Gilbert), and after finishing his degree he embarked on a career as a recitalist, with Paris as his home base.

Moroney has released over 50 compact discs of keyboard music of the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries, as a soloist, chamber player, and participant in concertos, winning several Gramophone Awards and France's Grand Prix du Disque de l'Académie Charles Cros. His most ambitions project, which took 15 years of planning, research, and rehearsal, is a complete survey of the keyboard music of the great Elizabethan-era English composer William Byrd. A seven-disc set (for the price of five), on the Hyperion label, it was the first album of its kind. Meticulously researched, it includes a 45,000-word program book written by Moroney himself. The recording uses the most appropriate instruments available, including two different harpsichords, clavichord, chamber organ, the Ahrend organ of the Church-Museum des Augustins, Toulouse, and a muselar virginal especially built for the recording. Many of the recordings were made in the actual locations where Byrd himself had played his music, including Lincoln Cathedral, Ingatestone Hall in Essex, and L'Abbaye Royale de Fontevraid, France.

Despite all the research and intellectual effort involved, and the strict authenticity for which he strives, Moroney's performances are vivid and expressive, delighting contemporary audiences. One way he is known for putting his insights across to audiences is to address them directly. In the year 2000, Moroney's biography Bach: An Extraordinary Life appeared, and his critical edition of Bach's Art of the Fugue (one of over a dozen he has edited) included a new completion of that work's massive unfinished closing fugue. Since 2001 he has been professor of music and university organist at the University of California, Berkeley. Read less

Biography

Born: December 23, 1950   Country: England  
Davitt Moroney is one of today's top specialists in older keyboard instruments, one who has delved deeply into the music and aesthetics of French and English harpsichord music. He has perhaps the most scholarly orientation among leading early music performers, but his performances are accessible to any listener. Born in Britain of Irish-Italian ancestry, he studied in England, France, and the United States, coming to early music through scholarly Read more
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The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Joyful Mysteries, 1. The Annunciation: Praeludium
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Joyful Mysteries, 1. The Annunciation: Aria and variations
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Joyful Mysteries, 1. The Annunciation: Adagio
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Joyful Mysteries, 1. The Annunciation: Finale
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Joyful Mysteries, 2. The Visitation: Sonata
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Joyful Mysteries, 2. The Visitation: Presto
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Joyful Mysteries, 2. The Visitation: Allamanda
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Joyful Mysteries, 2. The Visitation: Presto
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Joyful Mysteries, 3. The Nativity: Sonata
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Joyful Mysteries, 3. The Nativity: Courente
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Joyful Mysteries, 3. The Nativity: Double
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Joyful Mysteries, 3. The Nativity: Adagio
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Joyful Mysteries, 4. The Presentation: Ciacona
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Joyful Mysteries, 5. The Finding in the Temple: Praeludium
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Joyful Mysteries, 5. The Finding in the Temple: Allamanda
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Joyful Mysteries, 5. The Finding in the Temple: Guigue
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Joyful Mysteries, 5. The Finding in the Temple: Sarabanda
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Joyful Mysteries, 5. The Finding in the Temple: Double
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Sorrowful Mysteries, 6. The Sweating of Blood: Lamento
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Sorrowful Mysteries, 6. The Sweating of Blood: Aria
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Sorrowful Mysteries, 6. The Sweating of Blood: Adagio
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Sorrowful Mysteries, 7. The Scouring at the Pillar: Allamanda
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Sorrowful Mysteries, 7. The Scouring at the Pillar: Variatio
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Sorrowful Mysteries, 7. The Scouring at the Pillar: Sarabanda
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Sorrowful Mysteries, 7. The Scouring at the Pillar: Variatio
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Sorrowful Mysteries, 8. The Crowning with Thorns: Sonata
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Sorrowful Mysteries, 8. The Crowning with Thorns: Presto
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Sorrowful Mysteries, 8. The Crowning with Thorns: Guigue
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Sorrowful Mysteries, 8. The Crowning with Thorns: Double I
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Sorrowful Mysteries, 8. The Crowning with Thorns: Double II
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Sorrowful Mysteries, 9. The Carrying of the Cross: Sonata
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Sorrowful Mysteries, 9. The Carrying of the Cross: Courente
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Sorrowful Mysteries, 9. The Carrying of the Cross: Doubles I & II
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Sorrowful Mysteries, 9. The Carrying of the Cross: Finale
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Sorrowful Mysteries, 10. The Crucifixion: Praeludium
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Sorrowful Mysteries, 10. The Crucifixion: Aria
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Sorrowful Mysteries, 10. The Crucifixion: Variatio 1 - 2
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Sorrowful Mysteries, 10. The Crucifixion: Variatio 3 (adagio)
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Sorrowful Mysteries, 10. The Crucifixion: Variatio 4 - 5
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Glorious Mysteries, 11. The Resurrection: Sonata
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Glorious Mysteries, 11. The Resurrection: Surrexit Christus hodie
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Glorious Mysteries, 11. The Resurrection: Adagio
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Glorious Mysteries, 12. The Ascension: Intrada
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Glorious Mysteries, 12. The Ascension: Aria tubicinum
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Glorious Mysteries, 12. The Ascension: Allamanda
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Glorious Mysteries, 12. The Ascension: Courente
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Glorious Mysteries, 12. The Ascension: Double
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Glorious Mysteries, 13. The Descent of the Holy Ghost: Sonata
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Glorious Mysteries, 13. The Descent of the Holy Ghost: Gavotte
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Glorious Mysteries, 13. The Descent of the Holy Ghost: Guigue
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Glorious Mysteries, 13. The Descent of the Holy Ghost: Sarabanda
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Glorious Mysteries, 14. The Assumption of the Virgin: Praeludium
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Glorious Mysteries, 14. The Assumption of the Virgin: Ciacona (Aria)
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Glorious Mysteries, 14. The Assumption of the Virgin: Guigue
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Glorious Mysteries, 15. The Coronation of the Virgin: Sonata
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Glorious Mysteries, 15. The Coronation of the Virgin: Aria
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Glorious Mysteries, 15. The Coronation of the Virgin: Canzona
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Glorious Mysteries, 15. The Coronation of the Virgin: Sarabanda & double
The Mystery Sonatas, The Five Glorious Mysteries, 15. The Coronation of the Virgin: Passacaglia
Sonata in E Minor, BWV 1034
Sonata in E Minor, BWV 1034
Sonata in E Minor, BWV 1034
Sonata in E Minor, BWV 1034
Sonata in E Major, BWV 1035
Sonata in E Major, BWV 1035
Sonata in E Major, BWV 1035
Sonata in E Major, BWV 1035
Sonata in A Major, BWV 1032
Sonata in A Major, BWV 1032
Sonata in A Major, BWV 1032
Sonata in B Minor, BWV 1030
Sonata in B Minor, BWV 1030
Sonata in B Minor, BWV 1030
Suite in A minor BWV 818a: [Prelude] Fort gai
Suite in A minor BWV 818a: Allemande
Suite in A minor BWV 818a: Courante
Suite in A minor BWV 818a: Sarabande
Suite in A minor BWV 818a: Menuet
Suite in A minor BWV 818a: Gigue
Suite in E flat major BWV 819a: Allemande from BWV 819
Suite in E flat major BWV 819a: Allemande
Suite in E flat major BWV 819a: Courante
Suite in E flat major BWV 819a: Sarabande a 3
Suite in E flat major BWV 819a: Bourrée
Suite in E flat major BWV 819a: Menuets I & II
French Suite No. 1 in D minor BWV 812: Allemande
French Suite No. 1 in D minor BWV 812: Courante
French Suite No. 1 in D minor BWV 812: Sarabande
French Suite No. 1 in D minor BWV 812: Menuets I & II
French Suite No. 1 in D minor BWV 812: Gigue
French Suite No. 2 in C minor BWV 813: Allemande
French Suite No. 2 in C minor BWV 813: Courante
French Suite No. 2 in C minor BWV 813: Sarabande
French Suite No. 2 in C minor BWV 813: Air
French Suite No. 2 in C minor BWV 813: Menuets I & II
French Suite No. 2 in C minor BWV 813: Gigue
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 815: Allemande
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 815: Courante
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 815: Sarabande
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 815: Gavotte I
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 815: Gavotte II
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 815: Air
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 815: Menuet
French Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 815: Gigue
French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV 816: Allemande
French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV 816: Courante
French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV 816: Sarabande
French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV 816: Gavotte
French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV 816: Bourrée
French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV 816: Loure
French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV 816: Gigue
French Suite No. 6 in E major BWV 817: Allemande
French Suite No. 6 in E major BWV 817: Courante
Sonata in G major for violin and basso continuo BWV1021: I. Adagio
Sonata in G major for violin and basso continuo BWV1021: II. Vivace
Sonata in G major for violin and basso continuo BWV1021: III. Largo
Sonata in G major for violin and basso continuo BWV1021: IV. Presto
Sonata in E minor for violin and basso continuo BWV1023: I. [Prelude] - Adagio ma non tanto
Sonata in E minor for violin and basso continuo BWV1023: II. Allemande
Sonata in E minor for violin and basso continuo BWV1023: III. Gigue
Sonata No. 1 in B minor for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1014: I. Adagio
Sonata No. 1 in B minor for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1014: II. Allegro
Sonata No. 1 in B minor for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1014: III. Andante
Sonata No. 1 in B minor for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1014: IV. Allegro
Sonata No. 2 in A major for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1015: I. Dolce
Sonata No. 2 in A major for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1015: II. Allegro assai
Sonata No. 2 in A major for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1015: III. Andante un poco
Sonata No. 2 in A major for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1015: IV. Presto
Sonata No. 3 in E major for Violin and Harpsichord BWV 1016: I. Adagio
Sonata No. 3 in E major for Violin and Harpsichord BWV 1016: II. Allegro
Sonata No. 3 in E major for Violin and Harpsichord BWV 1016: III. Adagio ma non tanto
Sonata No. 3 in E major for Violin and Harpsichord BWV 1016: IV. Allegro
Sonata No. 4 in C minor for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1017: I. Largo
Sonata No. 4 in C minor for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1017: II. Allegro
Sonata No. 4 in C minor for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1017: III. Adagio
Sonata No. 4 in C minor for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1017: IV. Allegro
Sonata No. 5 in F minor for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1018: I. Lamento
Sonata No. 5 in F minor for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1018: II. Allegro
Sonata No. 5 in F minor for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1018: III. Adagio
Sonata No. 5 in F minor for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1018: IV. Vivace
Sonata No. 6 in G major for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1019: I. Allegro
Sonata No. 6 in G major for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1019: II. Largo
Sonata No. 6 in G major for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1019: III. Allegro [harpsichord solo]
Sonata No. 6 in G major for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1019: IV. Adagio
Sonata No. 6 in G major for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1019: V. Allegro
Sonata in G for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1019a: I. Adagio
Sonata in G for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1019a: II. Cantabile, ma un poco adagio
Sonata in G for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1019a: III. [harpsichord solo]
Sonata in G for Violin and Harpsichord BWV1019a: IV. violino solo e basso (violin part reconstructed after Partita in E minor for keyboard BWV830)


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