Mark Elder

Biography

Born: June 2, 1947; Hexham, Northumberland  
English conductor Mark Elder has achieved wide acclaim in the realm of opera, but has also generally devoted an equal share of his career to orchestral work. He perhaps made his strongest impression at the English National Opera, where he began conducting regularly from 1974, leaving as music director in 1993. He has also conducted at Glyndebourne, Covent Garden, the Sydney Opera House, the Chicago Lyric Opera, and other important operatic Read more venues. In concert he has led the London Mozart Players, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and Hallé Orchestra. His repertory is broad in both the operatic and orchestral realms: though he has favored Verdi in the opera house, he has led performances of Wagner (Die Meistersinger; Parsifal), Busoni (Doktor Faust), Stravinsky (The Rake's Progress), and modern composers like David Blake (Toussaint). His orchestral choices include many standards, while taking in works by modern British composers like George Benjamin, Nicholas Maw, and Jonathan Harvey. Elder has made numerous recordings for a variety of labels, including Sony, Chandos, ASV, and Hyperion.

Elder was born in Hexham, England, on June 2, 1947. As a youth he divulged talent both as a singer and instrumentalist, serving as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral and as the first-chair bassoonist in the National Youth Orchestra. He studied music at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and was later mentored by renowned British conductor and musicologist Edward Downes. Elder worked briefly in minor capacities at Glyndeboune and Covent Garden before serving as a regular conductor at the Sydney Opera House from 1972-1974. He returned to England in 1974 to serve as a regular conductor at the ENO. In 1979 he was appointed director there, and by that time he was also heavily ensconced in orchestral conducting, largely in England.

During his 15 years as ENO director, Elder conducted the company in numerous highly acclaimed productions and led successful tours to the U.S., Russia, and other parts of Europe. During his ENO tenure he also held conducting posts with the London Mozart Players (1980-1983) and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1982-1985).

From 1992 to 1995 he guest-conducted the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and in 2000 began serving as music director of the Hallé Orchestra. Among Elder's more successful recordings are his English-language version of Verdi's Rigoletto on Chandos, issued in 2000, and his 2004 recording of Elgar's Symphony No. 2 on ASV. Read less
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 / Elder, Halle Orchestra
Release Date: 06/09/2015   Label: Hallé  
Catalog: 7541   Number of Discs: 1
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Biography

Born: June 2, 1947; Hexham, Northumberland  
English conductor Mark Elder has achieved wide acclaim in the realm of opera, but has also generally devoted an equal share of his career to orchestral work. He perhaps made his strongest impression at the English National Opera, where he began conducting regularly from 1974, leaving as music director in 1993. He has also conducted at Glyndebourne, Covent Garden, the Sydney Opera House, the Chicago Lyric Opera, and other important operatic Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Act I: Overture
Act I Scene 1-2: Vive le roi! (Chorus, Sparck, Hartmann, Facio)
Act I Scene 2: Fanfare
Act I Scene 3: Dialogue: Mes amis, je vous ai annonce les (Le Roi, All)
Act I Scene 3: Vive le roi! Vive le roi! (Chorus)
Act I Scene 3-5: Dialogue: Ou diable est donc ? (Hartmann, Sparck, Marinoni, Facio)
Act I Scene 5: Voyez dans la nuit brune ()
Act I Scene 5-6: Dialogue: Eh bien, que ferons-nous de (Facio, Hartmann, , Sparck, Flamel)
Act I Scene 7: Voila toute la ville en fete (Elsbeth)
Act I Scene 7: Quel murmure charmant soudain (, Elsbeth)
Act I Scene 8: Dialogue: Quel astre contemples-tu la? (Sparck, )
Act I Scene 8: Dialogue: Vois comme ce clair de lune est (, Sparck)
Act I Scene 9: O Saint-Jean! ta joyeuse face (The Mourners, , Sparck)
Act I Scene 9-11: Dialogue: Que je prenne la place de Saint-Jean (, Sparck, The Tailor, Le Prince, Marinoni)
Act I Scene 11: Je medite un projet d'importance (Le Prince, Marinoni)
Act I Scene 11: Dialogue: Une seule chose me para't s'opposer (Marinoni, Le Prince)
Act I Scene 12-14: Tout bruit cesse (Chorus, Hartmann, Facio, Sparck, , Max)
Act II: Entracte
Act II Scene 1: Quand l'ombre des arbres (Chorus, Flamel, Elsbeth)
Act II Scene 2: Je me sens, malgre tout (Elsbeth, Flamel)
Act II Scene 3: Oui, c'est bien lui, chere princesse! (Flamel, Marinoni, Le Prince, Elsbeth, Le Roi)
Act II Scene 3-4: Permettez-moi de baiser cette main (Marinoni, Elsbeth, Le Prince, Le Roi)
Act II Scene 5: Je ne serai donc jamais, non jamais (Le Prince)
Act II Scene 5-6: Aurait-elle un coeur dur et faux? (Le Prince)
Act II Scene 7-8: Quel metier delicieux quel celui ()
Act II Scene 8: C'est le nouveau bouffon de roi (, Elsbeth)
Act II Scene 8: Tu me fais l'effet de regarder (, Elsbeth)
Act II Scene 8: Je n'ai donc rien de plus (Elsbeth, )
Act II Scene 8-9: Je vous laisse, princesse (, Flamel, Elsbeth)
Act II Scene 10: C'est aujourd'hui fete a la cour (Chorus, Flamel, Facio, Max, Sparck, , Le Prince, Marinoni, Le Roi, Elsbeth)
Act III Tableau I: Entr'acte
Act III Tableau I: Scene 1-2: Par Jupiter! Je l'avais bien predit! (, Elsbeth)
Act III Tableau I: Scene 2: Psyche pauvre imprudente (Elsbeth)
Act III Tableau I: Scene 2: Est-ce un reve (, Elsbeth)
Act III Tableau I: Scene 2: Il n'est qu'un refrain a chanter (, Elsbeth)
Act III Tableau I: Scene 3-4: Princesse, on vous cherche (Flamel, Elsbeth)
Act III Tableau II: Entr'acte
Act III Tableau II: Scene 1: Calmez-vous, prince! Calmez-vous (Marinoni, Le Prince)
Act III Tableau II: Scene 1: Reprenez cet habit mon prince (Marinoni)
Act III Tableau II: Scene 1: Oui, oui, je connais ton devouement! (Le Prince)
Act III Tableau II: Scene 2: Ils sont entres dans le palais (Facio, Chorus, Sparck)
Act III Tableau II: Scene 3: Eh! bien! Le voila, ! (, Facio)
Act III Tableau II: Scene 4-5: Sous ta banniere on se rallie (Facio, Hartmann, Sparck, Le Prince, , Marinoni, Flamel, Le Roi, Elsbeth, Chorus)
Ballade a la Lune () (appendix)
Pleure, le ciel te voit () (appendix)
I. London by Clipper (Programme 1)
II. Dover to London (Programme 2)
III. Ration Island (Programme 3)
IV. Women of Britain (Programme 4): London
V. Women of Britain (Programme 4): You walk down to a part of the city
VI. Women of Britain (Programme 4): Warren. To my dearly beloved boy
VII. Women of Britain (Programme 4): It's a beautiful August morning
VIII. Women of Britain (Programme 4): Within 50 yards
IX. Women of Britain (Programme 4): Your first factory
X. Women of Britain (Programme 4): After the last war
XI. Women of Britain (Programme 4): You set out for a training camp
Act I: Sinfonia
Act I: Sinfonia: Allegro - Introduction (Chorus)
Act I Scene 1: Ed e ver? (Ladies, Lords, All)
Act I Scene 2: Cavatina: Non seguite la caccia (Chalais)
Act I Scene 2: Quando il cor da lei piagato (Chalais)
Act I Scene 3: Cavatina: Conte! (Maria, Chalais)
Act I Scene 3: Cavatina: Cupa fatal mestizia (Maria)
Act I Scene 4: Cavatina: Contessa! In tanto giubilo (Visconte, Ladies, Maria Fiesque, Lords, Courtiers)
Act I Scene 5: Finale: Cavalieri! (Gondi, Visconte, Courtiers, Fiesque, The Others, Chalais) - Scene 6: Amici ... (Chevreuse, Fiesque, Chalais, The Other, Gondi, Courtiers)
Act I Scene 6: Ma che! turbato sei? (Chevreuse, Chalais, Visconte, Gondi)
Act I Scene 7: Le dance (Maria, Fiesque, Gondi, Chevreuse, Courtiers, The Others, Chalais)
Act I Scene 8: Conte! (Visconte, Chalais, Fiesque, Chevreuse, Maria, Gondi, Courtiers)
Act II Scene 1: Nel fragor della festa, ahi! (Chalais, Aubry)
Act II Scene 2: Finale: Donna, che il volto d'una larva cinge (Aubry) - Scene 3: Maria! (Chalais, Maria, Chevreuse)
Act II Scene 4: Ch'ei dorma? (Chevreuse, Chalais)
Act II Scene 5: Sedete ... (Chalais, Maria) - Scene 6: Conte! (Visconte, Chalais, Maria)
Sinfonia
Act I Scene 1: Presti al tempio! (Maddalena, Antonio, Chorus)
Act I Scene 1: Ambo nati in questa valle (Antonio, Maddalena)
Act I Scene 2: Viva! Viva! (Antonio, Maddalena, Marchese, Intendente, Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: Oh! gia in collera non sono (Marchese, Antonio, Maddalena, Intendente, Chorus)
Act I Scene 3: Ah! tardai troppo (Linda)
Act I Scene 3: Qui, si, pria della partenza (Linda, Pierotto, Chorus)
Act I Scene 4: Non so: quella canzon mi intenerisce (Linda, Carlo)
Act I Scene 5: Qui, buon Antonio, qui soli (Prefetto, Antonio)
Act I Scene 5: Corro a dispor la moglie (Antonio, Prefetto, Linda, Maddalena)
Act I Scene 7: O tu/Gran Dio che regoli gli umani eventi (All)
Act I Scene 1: See, the sail there! (Chorus, Montano, Cassio, Iago, Roderigo)
Act I Scene 1: Oh rejoice now! (Otello, Chorus)
Act I Scene 1: Roderigo, speak up (Iago, Roderigo)
Act I Scene 1: Flame of rejoicing! (Chorus)
Act I Scene 1: Roderigo, drink up! (Iago, Cassio, Chorus)
Act I Scene 1: Brindisi: Good comrades, brave and true (Iago, Cassio, Chorus, Roderigo)
Act I Scene 1: Captain Cassio, the guard awaits your orders (Montano, Cassio, Iago, Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: Your swords cast before me! (Otello, Iago, Cassio, Montano)
Act I Scene 3: Now in the silent darkness (Otello, Desdemona)
Act I Scene 3: Once when you told me of your life in exile (Desdemona, Otello)
Act II Scene 1: Don't give up hope, but trust in me (Iago, Cassio)
Act II Scene 2: Take it; take the path to your ruin (Iago)
Act II Scene 2: Yes, I believe in a God who has created me (Iago)
Act II Scene 2: There she is ... Cassio ... your chance ... (Iago)
Act II Scene 3: How distressing ... (Iago, Otello)
Act II Scene 3: Beware, O my lord, beware of jealousy (Iago, Otello)
Act II Scene 3: At your glances, flame in our hearts (Chorus, Desdemona, Otello, Iago)
Act II Scene 4: I come from someone who has felt your anger (Desdemona, Otello)
Act II Scene 4: Grant me, oh grant me sweet words of pardon (Desdemona, Otello, Iago, Emilia)
Act II Scene 5: Desdemona guilty! (Otello, Iago)
Act II Scene 5: Now and forever farewell (Otello, Iago)
Act II Scene 5: By all creation! Can I believe in Desdemona? (Otello, Iago)
Act II Scene 5: Darkness had fallen, Cassio was sleeping ... (Iago, Otello)
Act II Scene 5: See me swear, you heavens above me! (Otello, Iago)
Prelude
Act I Scene 1: That pretty girl I've been seeing in the city (Duke, Borsa)
Act I Scene 1: If a woman should happen to catch my eye (Duke)
Act I Scene 1: You're going? That's cruel (Duke, Countess, Rigoletto, Chorus)
Act I Scene 1: It's happened! It's happened! (Marullo, Chorus, Duke, Rigoletto, Ceprano, Borsa, Courtiers)
Act I Scene 1: I demand to see him (Monterone, Duke, Rigoletto, Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Courtiers)
Act I Scene 2: The old man laid his curse on me! (Rigoletto, Sparafucile)
Act I Scene 2: We are equals (Rigoletto)
Act I Scene 2: Gilda! (Rigoletto, Gilda)
Act I Scene 2: Ah, do not demand of one so sad (Rigoletto, Gilda, Giovanna)
Act I Scene 2: Oh, dear Giovanna, guard my daughter (Rigoletto, Gilda, Giovanna, Duke)
Act I Scene 2: Giovanna, I should have told him (Gilda, Giovanna, Duke)
Act I Scene 2: Love is the source of life, love is our sunlight (Duke, Gilda, Ceprano, Borsa, Giovanna)
Act I Scene 2: Gualtier Malde, you were the first to love me ... Dearest name of my first love (Gilda, Borsa, Ceprano, Chorus, Marullo)
Act I Scene 2: I have returned. But why? (Rigoletto, Borsa, Ceprano, Marullo)
Act I Scene 2: Softly, softly we move in to get her (All, Gilda, Chorus, Rigoletto)
Act III: I cannot think clearly (Gilda, Maddalena, Sparafucile)
Act III: Now for my vengeance, now the moment is ready (Rigoletto, Sparafucile)
Act III: He's there, murdered, oh yes (Rigoletto, Duke)
Act III: But who can be inside here? (Rigoletto, Gilda)
Act III: It's all my fault (Gilda, Rigoletto)
Act III: Ah, soon, in Heaven (Gilda, Rigoletto)


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