Ivor Bolton

Biography

Born: Blackrod, Lancashire, England  
Like so many conductors today, Ivor Bolton has established a parallel career as a soloist, in his case as a harpsichordist. On the podium, he is better known in the opera house, particularly for his incisive interpretations of Baroque operas by Handel, Purcell, and others, as well as for his Mozart (Le nozze di Figaro; Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Bellini (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), and Rossini. His orchestral repertory, though also divulging Read more a bias for early music, extends into the Romantic and modern periods, encompassing works by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Franz Berwald, Bruckner, Malcolm Arnold, and James MacMillan. As a harpsichordist, Bolton has garnered acclaim particularly for his performances (and recording) of harpsichord concertos by J.S. Bach. Bolton has amassed a sizable discography spread over several labels, including DG, RCA, ASV, Teldec, Oehms, Farao Records, RPO (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), and others.

Ivor Bolton was born in Blackrod (Lancashire), England. He studied music at Cambridge University (Clare College) and at the Royal College of Music in London. After graduation he added a further year of study, this at the National Opera Studio, also in London. During that year he earned his first important post, conductor of the chamber choir Schola Cantorum of Oxford (University).

In 1982 Bolton began a long association with the Glyndebourne Festival, eventually becoming music director of the company's touring opera in 1992, for five seasons. In 1984 Bolton founded his own instrumental ensemble, the St. James Baroque Players. After more than 20 years under his leadership the group has grown in stature and produced a number of popular recordings, including the 1996 Charpentier Te Deum on Teldec.

Bolton served as music director for one season (1991-1992) with the English Touring Opera. During his five-year tenure at the Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Bolton made several important operatic debuts, including at the Bavarian State Opera (1994) and Covent Garden (1995). And he was busy in the strictly instrumental world, too, serving as principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (1994-1996).

In the new century Bolton has been just as active: since 2004 he has been conductor of the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, and has been busy at the major operatic venues, including the 2004 Salzburg Festival (with Anna Netrebko singing Giulietta in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi). Among Bolton's later recordings is the 2007 CD of Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera on Deutsche Grammophon. Read less
Mozart: Piano Concertos 20 & 27 / Monetti, Bolton, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 06/14/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28660   Number of Discs: 1
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Berwald: Symphonies 3 & 4 / Bolton, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 07/12/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28670   Number of Discs: 1
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Biography

Born: Blackrod, Lancashire, England  
Like so many conductors today, Ivor Bolton has established a parallel career as a soloist, in his case as a harpsichordist. On the podium, he is better known in the opera house, particularly for his incisive interpretations of Baroque operas by Handel, Purcell, and others, as well as for his Mozart (Le nozze di Figaro; Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Bellini (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), and Rossini. His orchestral repertory, though also divulging Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Allegro vivace con impeto
Meditation: Largo misterioso, "Grands Pharaons"
Act I: Geme la tortorella
Act I: Geme la tortorella
Part I: Adoration and Admonition: Ouverture
Part I: Adoration and Admonition: Recitative: Preis und Ehre ihm, der da ist (Bass, Chorus)
Part I: Aria and Recitative: Steige herauf, ich will dir zeigen, was geschehen soll! (Bass, Tenor)
Part I: Adoration and Admonition: Aria: Heilig, heilig, heilig ist Gott der Herr (Tenor, Chorus)
Part I: Christ's Deed of Salvation: Und siehe, ein Lamm, das war verwundet (Soprano)
Part I: Christ's Deed of Salvation: Das Lamm, das erwurget ist, ist wurdig zu nehmen Kraft (Soprano, Chorus)
Part I: Christ's Deed of Salvation: Recitative: Und alle Kreatur, die im Himmel ist (Tenor)
Part I: Christ's Deed of Salvation: Und siehe, eine grosse Schar (Tenor, Soprano)
Part I: Christ's Deed of Salvation: Heil! Dem Erbarmer Heil! (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Part II: Sinfonia
Part II: Messengers of the Last Judgement: Arioso and Recitative: So spricht der Herr (Bass)
Part II: Messengers of the Last Judgement: Duet: Sei mir nicht schrecklich in der Not (Soprano, Tenor)
Part II: Messengers of the Last Judgement: So ihr mich von ganzem Herzen suchet (Chorus)
Part II: The Final Judgement on the Living and the Dead: Recitative: Die Stunde des Gerichts, sie ist gekommen (Tenor)
Part II: The Final Judgement on the Living and the Dead: Geffalen ist Baylon, die Grosse (Tenor, Chorus)
Part II: The Final Judgement on the Living and the Dead: Selig sind die Toten, die in dem Herren sterben (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Part II: The World's New World: Recitative: Sieh einen neuen Himmel und eine neue Erde (Soprano, Alto)
Part II: The World's New World: Recitative: Und siehe: Ich komme bald (Tenor, Soprano, Alto, Bass)
Part II: The World's New World: Gross und wunderbarlich sind deine Werke (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
I. Largo - Vivace
II. Adagio
III. Menuet - Trio: Allegro
IV. Finale: Presto
I. Adagio - Allegro con spirito - Adagio - Tempo I
II. Andante piu tosto allegretto
III. Menuet - Trio
IV. Finale: Allegro con spirito
I. Bewegt, nicht zu schnell
II. Andante quasi allegretto
III. Scherzo: Bewegt
IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
I. Maestoso
II. Adagio: sehr feierlich
III. Scherzo: Nicht schnell - Trio: Langsam
IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
I. Allegro moderato
II. Scherzo: Allegro moderato
III. Adagio
IV. Finale: Feierlich, nicht schnell
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio: Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam
III. Scherzo: Sehr schnell
IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht schnell
I. Molto allegro
II. Andante
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Allegro assai
I. Adagio - Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante cantabile
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Molto Allegro
I. Adagio - Allegro spiritoso
II. Poco adagio
III. Menuetto
IV. Presto
Der Fruhling (Spring): Introduction and Recitative: Seht, wie der strenge Winter (Simon, Lukas, Hanne)
Der Fruhling (Spring): Komm, holder Lenz! (Chorus)
Der Fruhling (Spring): Recitative: Vom Widder strahlet jetzt (Simon)
Der Fruhling (Spring): Aria: Schon eilet froh der Ackersmann (Simon)
Der Fruhling (Spring): Recitative: Der Landmann hat sein Werk vollbracht (Lukas)
Der Fruhling (Spring): Trio: Sei nun gnadig, milder Himmel! (Lukas, Simon, Hanne, Chorus)
Der Fruhling (Spring): Recitative: Erhort ist unser Flehn (Hanne)
Der Fruhling (Spring): Trio: Song of Joy: O wie lieblich ist der Anblick (Hanne, Lukas, Simon, Chorus)
Der Fruhling (Spring): Ewiger, machtiger, gutiger Gott! (Chorus, Hanne, Lukas, Simon)
Der Sommer (Summer): Recitative: In grauem Schleier ruckt heran (Lukas, Simon)
Der Sommer (Summer): Aria: Der munt're Hirt versammelt nun (Simon) - Recitative: Die Morgenrote bricht hervor (Hanne)
Der Sommer (Summer): Trio: Sie steigt herauf, die Sonne (Hanne, Lukas, Simon, Chorus)
Der Sommer (Summer): Recitative: Nun regt und bewegt sich alles umher (Simon)
Der Sommer (Summer): Recitative: Die Mittagssonne brennet jetzt (Lukas)
Der Sommer (Summer): Cavatina: Dem Druck' erlieget die Natur (Lukas)
Der Sommer (Summer): Recitative: Willkommen jetzt, o dunkler Hain (Hanne)
Der Sommer (Summer): Aria: Welche Labung fur die Sinne (Hanne)
Der Sommer (Summer): Recitative: O seht, es steiget in der schwulen Luft (Simon, Lukas, Hanne)
Der Sommer (Summer): Ach! das Ungewitter naht (Chorus)
Der Sommer (Summer): Trio: Die dustren Wolken trennen sich (Lukas, Hanne, Simon, Chorus)
Der Winter (Winter): Recitative: Vom durren Osten dringt (Simon)
Der Winter (Winter): Aria: Erblicke hier, betorter Mensch (Simon)
Der Winter (Winter): Recitative: Die bleibt allein (Simon)
Der Winter (Winter): Trio and Double Chorus: Dann bricht der grosse Morgen an (Simon, Lukas, Hanne, Chorus)


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