John Pritchard

Biography

Born: February 5, 1921; London, England   Died: December 5, 1989; San Francisco, CA  
Noted more for his high competence than for electrifying interpretation in an ever-broadening repertory, Sir John Pritchard was nonetheless one of the most prominent of Britain's post-WWII conductors and an exemplar of the increasingly international scope of a conductor's interests. By the 1980s, he had assumed four important posts, all of which required considerable attention (Cologne Opera, Belgian Opéra Nationale, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Read more the San Francisco Opera) even as he dealt with guest engagements elsewhere.

Pritchard was born to a family in which music was a constant. His father was a violinist and gave his son his first musical instruction. Later, the youth traveled to Italy to study conducting, viola, and piano (the latter critical to the progress he made from répétiteur to orchestra director). He served in WWII, but was released due to poor health. After resuming his musical activities as conductor of the semi-professional Derby String Orchestra between 1943 and 1945, he was engaged by the 1947 Glyndebourne Festival prior to its July through September performances at the Edinburgh Festival that year. The following year, Pritchard was promoted from coaching duties to chorus master and later, assistant to conductor Fritz Busch. Pritchard's podium debut came in 1951 when he took over a performance from the ailing Busch. Indeed, Busch's death in September, 1951, opened the way to Pritchard's career as a conductor. Within the decade, he was leading almost as many performances as those of Glyndebourne mainstay Vittorio Gui.

In 1952, Glyndebourne gave Pritchard sole responsibility for Mozart's Idomeneo and, in 1953, the young conductor enjoyed his first unqualified success with Ariadne auf Naxos, remarkable also for the superb performance of Sena Jurinac. Pritchard's close association with Glyndebourne extended through more than three decades, culminating with his musical directorship from 1969 to 1978.

Meanwhile, Pritchard had undertaken engagements abroad, most notably with the Vienna Staatsoper during the 1951 - 1952 season. Autumn 1952 found him at Covent Garden for his first appearance there, and in 1953, he made his American conducting debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. From 1957 to 1963, he was music director of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, a position which overlapped his directorship of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (1962 - 1966). International tours encompassing several countries included performances in 1966 at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Pritchard's American opera debut came with Chicago's Lyric Opera in 1969. His first Metropolitan Opera appearance, conducting Così fan Tutte in October, 1971, was followed three years later by five successive seasons leading works as diverse as Peter Grimes and Thaïs. In 1973, he was made music director of England's venerable Huddersfield Choral Society.

Appointment to the position of principal conductor at the Cologne Opera in 1978 began the process that eventually found him occupying four major positions. In 1981, he also became music director at the Monnaie in Brussels, in 1982 the music director of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and in 1986 the music director at the San Francisco Opera. In the American city, he was well-liked by musicians and audiences alike. At the time of his death, he was preparing to conduct an integral performance of Wagner's Ring. Pritchard was made a CBE in 1962 and was awarded a knighthood in 1983. Read less
Mozart: Idomeneo / Pritchard, Lewis, Simoneau, Jurinac
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94497   Number of Discs: 2
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Born: February 5, 1921; London, England   Died: December 5, 1989; San Francisco, CA  
Noted more for his high competence than for electrifying interpretation in an ever-broadening repertory, Sir John Pritchard was nonetheless one of the most prominent of Britain's post-WWII conductors and an exemplar of the increasingly international scope of a conductor's interests. By the 1980s, he had assumed four important posts, all of which required considerable attention (Cologne Opera, Belgian Opéra Nationale, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Read more
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LABEL
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18: I. Moderato
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18: II. Adagio sostenuto
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18: III. Allegro scherzando
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Introduction (Allegro vivace)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation I (Precedente)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Tema (L'istesso tempo)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation II (L'istesso tempo)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation III (L'istesso tempo)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation IV (Più vivo)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation V (Tempo precedente)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation VI (L'istesso tempo)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation VII (Meno mosso, a tempo moderato)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation VIII (Tempo I)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation IX (L'istesso tempo)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation X ([crotchet] = [crotchet])
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation XI (Moderato)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation XII (Tempo di Minuetto)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation XIII (Allegro)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation XIV (L'istesso tempo)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation XV (Più vivo. Scherzando)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation XVI (Allegretto)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation XVII ([crotchet] = [crotchet])
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation XVIII (Andante cantabile)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation XIX (A tempo vivace)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation XX (Un poco più vivo)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation XXI (Un poco più vivo)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation XXII (Un poco più vivo - Alla breve)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation XXIII (L'istesso tempo)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43: Variation XXIV (A tempo un poco meno mosso)
Hungarian Fantasia S123 (2007 - Remaster): Andante mesto -
Hungarian Fantasia S123 (2007 - Remaster): Allegro eroico -
Hungarian Fantasia S123 (2007 - Remaster): Molto adagio, quasi fantasia -
Hungarian Fantasia S123 (2007 - Remaster): Allegretto alla Zingarese -
Hungarian Fantasia S123 (2007 - Remaster): Vivace assai
Rhapsodie espagnole S254 (2007 - Remaster): Lento -
Rhapsodie espagnole S254 (2007 - Remaster): Andante moderato (Folies d'Espagne) -
Rhapsodie espagnole S254 (2007 - Remaster): Allegro (Jota aragonese) -
Rhapsodie espagnole S254 (2007 - Remaster): Non troppo allegro
Rêverie et caprice Op. 8: Adagio -
Rêverie et caprice Op. 8: Allegro vivace
Prelude
"Dell'invito trascorsa è già l'ora"
"Libiamo ne'lieti calici" (Brindisi)
"Che è ciò?"
"Un dì felice, eterea...Si ridesta in ciel l'aurora"
"E strano!" - "Ah, fors'è lui"
"Follie! Delirio vano è questo!" - "Sempre libera"
"Lunge da lei"
"De' miei bollenti spiriti...Annina, donde vieni?
"O mio rimorso!...Alfredo?
"Pura, siccome un angelo...Un dì, quando le veneri"
"Dite alla giovine...Non amarlo ditegli"
"Dammi tu forza, o ciel!...Ah, vive sol quel core"
"Di Provenza il mar...Né risponde d'un padre..."
"No, non udrai rimproveri"
"Avrem lieta di maschere la notte...Di Madridi"
"Alfredo! Voi!...Or tutti a me...Ogni suo aver"
"Di sprezzo degno...Alfredo, Alfredo, di questo core"
Prelude. "Annina? Comandate?
"Tenesta la promessa" - "Attendo, né a me giungon mai" - "Addio del passato"
"Largo a quadrupede"
"Signora..." "Che t'accade?...Parigi, o cara"
Parigi, o cara...Ah! Gran Dio!
Ah, Violetta!...Se una pudica vergine
Ouverture
"Quando avran fine omai"
"Padre, germani, addio!" - "Ecco Idamante, ahimè!"
"Radunate i Troiani"
"Non ho colpa"
"Godiam la pace"
"Prence, signor, tutta la Grecia oltraggi"
"Estinto è Idomeneo?"
"Pietà! Numi, pietà!"
"Eccoci salvi alfin"
"Vedrommi intorno"
Spiagge romite
"Il padre adorato"
Intermezzo: Marcia
"Nettuno s'onori"
"Tutto m'è noto"
Se il tuo duol, se il mio desio
"Se il padre perdei"
"Qual mi conturba i sensi"
"Fuor del mar"
"Chi mai del mio provò"
"Sidonie sponde!"
"Pria di partir, oh Dio!"
"Qual nuovo terrore!
"Eccoti in me, barbaro Nume!"
"Corriamo, fuggiamo"
"Solitudini amiche"
"Principessa, a' tuoi sguardi"
"S'io non moro a questi accenti"
"Cieli! che vedo?"
"Sventurata Sidon!"
"Volgi intorno lo sguardo"
"O voto tremendo"
Marcia
"Accogli, o rè del mar"
"Padre, mio caro padre"
"No, la morte io non pavento"
Ma che più tardi
"Ha vinto Amore"
"Oh smanie!" - "D'Oreste, d'Aiace"
"Popoli, a voi l'ultima legge"
"Torna la pace al core"
"Scenda Amor, scenda Imeneo"
Tippett: Ritual Dances (From "The Midsummer Marriage") - Prelude
Tippett: Ritual Dances (From "The Midsummer Marriage") - Transformation & Preparation for The First Dance
Tippett: Ritual Dances (From "The Midsummer Marriage") - The First Dance - The Earth in Autumn
Tippett: Ritual Dances (From "The Midsummer Marriage") - Transformation & Preparation for The Second Dance
Tippett: Ritual Dances (From "The Midsummer Marriage") - The Second Dance - The Water in Winter
Tippett: Ritual Dances (From "The Midsummer Marriage") - Transformation & Preparation for The Third Dance
Tippett: Ritual Dances (From "The Midsummer Marriage") - The Third Dance - The Air in Spring
Tippett: Ritual Dances (From "The Midsummer Marriage") - Preparation for The Fourth Dance
Tippett: Ritual Dances (From "The Midsummer Marriage") - The Fourth Dance - Fire in Summer
Shéhérazade: 1. Asie
Shéhérazade: 2. La flûte enchantée
Shéhérazade: 3. L'indifférent
Prelude
"Dell'invito trascorsa è già l'ora"
"Libiamo ne'lieti calici" (Brindisi)
"Che è ciò?"
"Un dì felice, eterea...Si ridesta in ciel l'aurora"
"E strano!" - "Ah, fors'è lui"
"Follie! Delirio vano è questo!" - "Sempre libera"
"Lunge da lei"
"De' miei bollenti spiriti...Annina, donde vieni?
"O mio rimorso!...Alfredo?
"Pura, siccome un angelo...Un dì, quando le veneri"
"Dite alla giovine...Non amarlo ditegli"
"Dammi tu forza, o ciel!...Ah, vive sol quel core"
"Di Provenza il mar...Né risponde d'un padre..."
"No, non udrai rimproveri"
"Avrem lieta di maschere la notte...Di Madridi"
"Alfredo! Voi!...Or tutti a me...Ogni suo aver"
"Di sprezzo degno...Alfredo, Alfredo, di questo core"
Prelude. "Annina? Comandate?
"Tenesta la promessa" - "Attendo, né a me giungon mai" - "Addio del passato"
"Largo a quadrupede"
"Signora..." "Che t'accade?...Parigi, o cara"
Parigi, o cara...Ah! Gran Dio!
Ah, Violetta!...Se una pudica vergine
Verdi: La traviata / Act 1 - "Un dì felice, eterea"
Verdi: La traviata / Act 1 - "Un dì felice, eterea...Si ridesta in ciel l'aurora"
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Overture
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Recitativo: Quando avran fine omai (Ilia)
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Aria: Padre, germani, addio! (Ilia)
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Recitativo: Radunate i Troiani, ite (Idamante/Ilia)
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Aria: Non ho colpa (Idamante)
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Recitativo: Ecco il misero resto de' Troiani (Ilia)
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Coro de' Troiani e Cretesi: Godiam la pace
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Recitativo: Prence, signor (Elettra/Idamante/Arbace)
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Recitativo: Estinto è Idomeneo? (Elettra)
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Aria: Tutte nel cor vi sento (Elettra)
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Coro: Pietà! Numi, pietà
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Recitativo: Ecco ci salvi alfin! (Idomeneo)
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Aria: Vedrommi intorno, Recitativo: Cieli! che veggo! (Idomeneo)
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Recitativo: Spiagge romite (Idamante/Idomeneo)
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Recitativo: Ah, qual gelido orror (Idamante)
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Aria: Il padre adorato ritrovo (Idamante)
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Marcia
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Coro: Nettuno s'onori
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Recitativo: Siam soli, odomi Arbace (Idomeneo/Arbace)
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Recitativo: Se mai pomposo apparse (Ilia/Idomeneo)
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Aria: Se il padre perdei (Ilia)
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Recitativo: Qual mi conturba i sensi (Idomeneo)
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Aria: Fuor del mar (Idomeneo)
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Recitativo: Chi mai del mio (Elettra)
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Aria: Idol mio, se ritroso (Elettra)
Idomeneo (2000 Digital Remaster): Marcia (Elettra)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Sinfonia (Orchestra)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): E pure io torno (Ottone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Chi parla? (2 Soldati)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Signor, deh, non partire! (Poppea/Nerone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Speranza tu mi vai (Poppea)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Mira, Poppea, dove il prato (Arnalta/Poppea)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Disprezzata regina (Ottavia)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Ecco la sconsolata (Seneca/Ottavia)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Se tu non dai soccorso (Valetto)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Seneca io miro in cielo infausti rai (Pallade/Seneca)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Son risoluto alfine (Nerone/Seneca)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Come dolci, Signor, come soavi (Poppea/Nerone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): A speranze sublimi il cor inalzà (Poppea/Nerone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Ad altri tocca in sorte (Ottone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Deh più non rifacciarmi (Poppea/Ottone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Otton, torna in te stesso (Ottone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Pur sempre con Poppea (Drusilla/Ottone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Sento un certo non so che (Valetto/Damigella)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Solitudine amata (Seneca)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Sebeca assau m'incresce di trovarti (Liberto/Seneca)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Amici è giunta l'hora (Seneca)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Non morir, Seneca (Coro)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Itene tutti a prepararmi il bagno (Seneca)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Sinfonia (Orchestra)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Hor che Seneca è morto (Nerone/Lucano)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Tu che dagli avi miei (Ottavia/Ottone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Felice cor mio (Drusilla)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Io non so dov'io vada (Ottone/Drusilla)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Hor che Seneca è morto (Poppea)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Adagiati, Poppea (Arnalta)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Dorme l'incauta, dorme (Amor)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Eccomi trasformato (Ottone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Forsennato, scellerato (Amor/Poppea/Arnalta)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): O felice Drusilla o che sper'io (Drusilla/Arnalta/Littore)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Signor, ecco la rea (Narnalta/Nerone/Drusilla)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): No, no, questa sentenza (Ottone/Drusilla/Nerone)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Addio, Roma, addio patria, amici, addio (Ottavia)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Hoggi sarà Poppea (Arnalta)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Sinfonia (Orchestra)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): A te, a te sovrana augusta (Coro)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Sinfonia (Orchestra)
L'Incoronazione di Poppea [Abridged Version] (2000 Digital Remaster): Pur ti miro, pur ti stringo (Poppea/Nerone)


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