John Butt

Biography

Born: November 17, 1960; Solihull, West Midlands  
John Butt is a prominent English keyboard player and conductor, who has focused largely on music of the Baroque period. He is also a pedagogue and widely considered an authority on the music of J.S. Bach and its performance, as well as on German Baroque music in general. He has authored several books on these subjects including Bach Interpretation and Music Education and the Art of Performance in the German Baroque, both issued by Cambridge Read more University Press.

John Butt was born in Solihull, England in 1960. In 1979 he enrolled at King's College, Cambridge University, where as an undergraduate he attained the post of organ scholar. Among his teachers were Gillian Weir and Peter Hurford. Butt went on to earn a Doctorate degree in 1987 from Cambridge, having devoted much study to the music of J.S. Bach. In 1989 he joined the faculty at the University of California at Berkely, where he also served as University Organist. Two years later he assumed additional duties there when he took on directorship of the University's Chamber Chorus. By the early 1990s Butt's first recordings were appearing on the Harmonia Mundi label, among which were Orlando Gibbons -- Tudor Church Music (1990), where he served as organist; and Bach Violin Sonatas (1993), where he partnered violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock on the harpsichord. During this period he also developed a relationship with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and its director, Nicholas McGegan, both in concert and the recording studio.



1997 was a pivotal year for John Butt: he returned to Cambridge University to serve as a lecturer and fellow at King's College. He also founded a mixed choir there, largely for performances and services at the Chapel. His concert schedule in England and United States increased that year as well, Butt giving memorable readings of Handel Organ Concertos with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Butt's recordings soon became more frequent and garnered much attention: Kuhnau's Biblical Sonatas (1999) and Bach's Trio Sonatas, BWV 525-30 (2001), for Harmonia Mundi, were both well received, as was his album, Elgar, the Complete Organ Works (2002). Butt has continued his activity as a teacher and performing artist in the new century, and as an author too: his 2003 book, Playing With History, examines historic performance practices. Read less
Bach: Violin Sonatas Vol 1 / Elizabeth Blumenstock, John Butt
Release Date: 04/09/2002   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 3957084   Number of Discs: 1
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Bach: Organ Music / John Butt
Release Date: 03/12/2002   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 3957055   Number of Discs: 1
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Born: November 17, 1960; Solihull, West Midlands  
John Butt is a prominent English keyboard player and conductor, who has focused largely on music of the Baroque period. He is also a pedagogue and widely considered an authority on the music of J.S. Bach and its performance, as well as on German Baroque music in general. He has authored several books on these subjects including Bach Interpretation and Music Education and the Art of Performance in the German Baroque, both issued by Cambridge Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Prelude No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846
Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846
Prelude No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 847
Fugue No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 847
Fugue No. 3 in C-Sharp Major, BWV 848
Prelude No. 3 in C-Sharp Major, BWV 848
Fugue No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor, BWV 849
Prelude No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor, BWV 849
Prelude No. 5 in D Major, BWV 850
Fugue No. 5 in D Major, BWV 850
Prelude No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 851
Fugue No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 851
Prelude No. 7 in E-Flat Major, BWV 852
Fugue No. 7 in E-Flat Major, BWV 852
Prelude No. 8 in E-Flat Minor, BWV 853
Fugue No. 8 in D-Sharp Minor, BWV 853
Prelude No. 9 in E Major, BWV 854
Fugue No. 9 in E Major, BWV 854
Prelude No. 10 in E Minor, BWV 855
Fugue No. 10 in E Minor, BWV 855
Prelude No. 11 in F Major, BWV 856
Fugue No. 11 in F Major, BWV 856
Prelude No. 12 in F Minor, BWV 857
Fugue No. 12 in F Minor, BWV 857
Prelude No. 13 in F-Sharp Major, BWV 858
Fugue No. 13 in F-Sharp Major, BWV 858
Prelude No. 14 in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 859
Fugue No. 14 in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 859
Prelude No. 15 in G Major, BWV 860
Fugue No. 15 in G Major, BWV 860
Prelude No. 16 in G Minor, BWV 861
Fugue No. 16 in G Minor, BWV 861
Prelude No. 17 in A-Flat Major, BWV 862
Fugue No. 17 in A-Flat Major, BWV 862
Prelude No. 18 in G-Sharp Minor, BWV 863
Fugue No. 18 in G-Sharp Minor, BWV 863
Prelude No. 19 in A Major, BWV 864
Fugue No. 19 in A Major, BWV 864
Prelude No. 20 in A Minor, BWV 865
Fugue No. 20 in A Minor, BWV 865
Prelude No. 21 in B-Flat Major, BWV 866
Fugue No. 21 in B-Flat Major, BWV 866
Prelude No. 22 in B-Flat Minor, BWV 867
Fugue No. 22 in B-Flat Minor, BWV 867
Prelude No. 23 in B Major, BWV 868
Fugue No. 23 in B Major, BWV 868
Prelude No. 24 in B Minor, BWV 869
Fugue No. 24 in B Minor, BWV 869
Prelude No. 1 in C Major, BWV 870
Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 870
Prelude No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 871
Fugue No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 871
Prelude No. 3 in C-Sharp Major, BWV 872
Fugue No. 3 in C-Sharp Major, BWV 872
Prelude No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor, BWV 873
Fugue No. 4 in C-Sharp Minor, BWV 873
Prelude No. 5 in D Major, BWV 874
Fugue No. 5 in D Major, BWV 874
Prelude No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 875
Fugue No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 875
Prelude No. 7 in E-Flat Major, BWV 876
Fugue No. 7 in E-Flat Major, BWV 876
Prelude No. 8 in D-Sharp Minor, BWV 877
Fugue No. 8 in D-Sharp Minor, BWV 877
Prelude No. 9 in E Major, BWV 878
Fugue No. 9 in E Major, BWV 878
Prelude No. 10 in E Minor, BWV 879
Fugue No. 10 in E Minor, BWV 879
Prelude No. 11 in F Major, BWV 880
Fugue No. 11 in F Major, BWV 880
Prelude No. 12 in F Minor, BWV 881
Fugue No. 12 in F Minor, BWV 881
Prelude No. 13 in F-Sharp Major, BWV 882
Fugue No. 13 in F-Sharp Major, BWV 882
Prelude No. 14 in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 883
Fugue No. 14 in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 883
Prelude No. 15 in G Major, BWV 884
Fugue No. 15 in G Major, BWV 884
Prelude No. 16 in G Minor, BWV 885
Fugue No. 16 in G Minor, BWV 885
Prelude No. 17 in A-Flat Major, BWV 886
Fugue No. 17 in A-Flat Major, BWV 886
Prelude No. 18 in G-Sharp Minor, BWV 887
Fugue No. 18 in G-Sharp Minor, BWV 887
Prelude No. 19 in A Major, BWV 888
Fugue No. 19 in A Major, BWV 888
Prelude No. 20 in A Minor, BWV 889
Fugue No. 20 in A Minor, BWV 889
Prelude No. 21 in B-Flat Major, BWV 890
Fugue No. 21 in B-Flat Major, BWV 890
Prelude No. 22 in B-Flat Minor, BWV 891
Fugue No. 22 in B-Flat Minor, BWV 891
Prelude No. 23 in B Major, BWV 892
Fugue No. 23 in B Major, BWV 892
Prelude No. 24 in B Minor, BWV 893
Fugue No. 24 in B Minor, BWV 893
I. -
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
IV. Minuet
I. (Allegro)
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
I. (Allegro)
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Affettuoso
III. Allegro
I. -
II. Adagio ma non tanto
III. Allegro
Part I: Chorale: Herr, unser Herrscher (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Jesus ging mit seinen Jungern (Evangelist)
Part I: Chorale: Jesum von Nazareth (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Jesus spricht zu ihnen (Evangelist, Jesus)
Part I: Chorale: Jesum von Nazareth! (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Jesus antwortete (Evangelist, Jesus)
Part I: Chorale: O grosse Lieb (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Auf dass das Wort erfullet wurde (Evangelist, Jesus)
Part I: Chorale: Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott, zugleich (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Die Schar aber und der Oberhauptmann (Evangelist)
Part I: Aria: Von den Strikken meiner Sunden (Alto)
Part I: Recitative: Simon Petrus aber folgete Jesu nach (Evangelist)
Part I: Aria: Ich folge dir gleichfalls (Soprano)
Part I: Recitative: Derselbige Junger war (Evangelist)
Part I: Chorale: Wer hat dich so geschlagen (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Und Hannas sandte ihn gebunden (Evangelist)
Part I: Chorale: Bist du nicht seiner Junger einer (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Er leugnete und sprach (Evangelist, Petrus)
Part I: Aria: Ach, mein Sinn (Tenor)
Part I: Chorale: Petrus, der nicht denkt zuruck (Chorus)
Part II: Chorale: Christus, der uns selig macht (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Da fuhreten sie Jesum (Evangelist, Pilatus)
Part II: Chorale: Ware dieser nicht ein Ubeltater (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Da sprach Pilatus zu ihm (Evangelist, Pilatus)
Part II: Chorale: Wir durfen niemand toten (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Auf dass erfullet wurde das Wort Jesu (Evangelist, Pilatus, Jesus)
Part II: Chorale: Ach grosser Konig (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Da sprach Pilatus zu ihm (Evangelist, Pilatus, Jesus)
Part II: Chorale: Nicht diesen, diesen nicht (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Barrabas aber war ein Morder (Evangelist)
Part II: Arioso: Betrachte, meine Seel (Bass)
Part II: Aria: Erwage, wie sein blutgefarbter Rucken (Tenor)
Collect [Vollstandiges Kirchen-Buch, Leipzig, 1731]
Blessing [Vollstandiges Kirchen-Buch, Leipzig, 1731]
Response:
Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 657
Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 657
Nun danket alle Gott
Requiem, Op.9 (version with organ) (2007 - Remaster): Introit
Requiem, Op.9 (version with organ) (2007 - Remaster): Kyrie
Requiem, Op.9 (version with organ) (2007 - Remaster): Domine Jesu Christe
Requiem, Op.9 (version with organ) (2007 - Remaster): Sanctus
Requiem, Op.9 (version with organ) (2007 - Remaster): Pie Jesu
Requiem, Op.9 (version with organ) (2007 - Remaster): Agnus Dei
Requiem, Op.9 (version with organ) (2007 - Remaster): Lux aeterna
Requiem, Op.9 (version with organ) (2007 - Remaster): Libera me
Requiem Op. 9 (version with organ) (2007 Digital Remaster): In paradisum
Requiem, Op.48: I. Introït et Kyrie
Requiem, Op.48: II. Offertoire (chorus & baritone)
Requiem, Op.48: III. Sanctus
Requiem, Op.48: IV. Pie Jesu (soprano solo)
Requiem, Op.48: V. Agnus Dei
Requiem, Op.48: VI. Libera me (baritone & chorus)
Requiem, Op.48: VII. In Paradisum
Messe basse: Kyrie eleison [with treble solo]
Messe basse: Sanctus
Messe basse: Benedictus [with treble solo]
Messe basse: Agnus Dei
Part I: Grave - Allegro moderato
Part I: Comfort ye my people (Tenor)
Part I: Ev'ry valley shall be exalted (Tenor)
Part I: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed (Chorus)
Part I: Thus saith the Lord of Hosts (Bass)
Part I: But who may abide the day of His coming (Bass)
Part I: And He shall purify (Chorus)
Part I: Behold, a virgin shall conceive (Alto)
Part I: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Alto)
Part I: O thou that tellest (Chorus)
Part I: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (Bass)
Part I: The people that walked in darkness (Bass)
Part I: For unto us a child is born (Chorus)
Part I: Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)
Part I: There were shepherds (Soprano)
Part I: And lo, the Angel of the Lord (Soprano)
Part I: And the angel said unto them (Soprano)
Part I: And suddenly there was with the angel (Soprano)
Part I: Glory to God in the highest (Chorus)
Part I: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Soprano)
Part I: Then shall the eyes of the blind be open'd (Soprano)
Part I: He shall feed His flock like a shepherd (Soprano)
Part I: His yoke is easy, his burthen is light (Chorus)
Part II: Behold, The Lamb of God (Chorus)
Part II: He was despised (Alto)
Part II: Surely, He hath borne our griefs (Chorus)
Part II: And with His stripes we are healed (Chorus)
Part II: All we like sheep have gone astray (Chorus)
Part II: But who may abide
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Allegro
I. Andante [Dolce]
II. Allegro
III. Andante un poco
IV. Presto
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Adagio ma non tanto
IV. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. [Andante]
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Vivace
I. Allegro [Presto]
II. Largo
III. Allegro [harpsichord solo]
IV. Adagio
V. Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Vivace
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Andante
II. Adagio e dolce
III. Vivace
I. Adagio - Vivace
II. Andante
III. Un poco Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Vivace
II. Lento
III. Allegro
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Allegretto
III. Andante espressivo
IV. Presto
Introduction
I. Andante
II. Allegro
III. Andantino
IV. Allegretto piacevole - Intermezzo
V. Poco lento
VI. Moderato
VII. Allegretto pensoso
VIII. Poco allegro - Coda
I. Introduction
II. Toccata
III. Fugue
IV. Coda
I. Toccata
II. Adagio
III. Fugue
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 645)
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 645)
Wo soll ich fliehen hin (BWV 646)
Wo soll ich fliehen hin (BWV 646)
Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten (BWV 647)
Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten (BWV 647)
Meine Seele erhebet den Herren (BWV 648)
Meine Seele erhebet den Herren (BWV 648)
Toccata
Fugue
Ach bleib' bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ (BWV 649)
Ach bleib' bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ (BWV 649)
Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter (BWV 650)
Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter (BWV 650)
Toccata
Fugue
Overture
Act I: Shake the cloud from off your brow - Banish sorrow
Act I: Ah! Belinda
Act I: Grief increases by concealing - When monarchs unite
Act I: Fear no danger to ensue
Act I: See, your Royal Guest appears - Cupid only throws
Act I: Pursue thy conquest, Love
Act I: To the hills and the vales - The Triumphing Dance
Act II: Prelude - Wayward sisters - Harm's our delight
Act II: Ruin'd ere the set of sun?
Act II: But ere we this perform
Act II: In our deep vaulted cell - Echo Dance of Furies
Act II: Ritornelle
Act II: Thanks to these lonesome vales
Act II: Oft she visits this lov'd mountain
Act II: Behold, upon my bending spear
Act II: Haste, haste to town
Act II: Stay, Prince - Jove's commands
Act II: Ritornelle
Act III: Prelude - Come away, fellow sailors
Act III: The Sailor's Dance
Act III: See the flags
Act III: Our next Motion - Destruction's our delight
Act III: The Witches' Dance
Act III: Your counsel all is urged in vain
Act III: Great minds against themselves conspire
Act III: With drooping wings ye Cupids Come
Act III, Thy hand, Belinda / When I am laid in earth (Dido)


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