Nicholas Ward

Biography

Born: 1952; Manchester, England  
Nicholas Ward is among the more important English conductors of his generation. He began his career as a violinist playing in orchestras and chamber ensembles, but eventually took up the baton and has since focused largely on works from the Classical and early Romantic periods, having recorded whole chunks of symphonies and string works by Haydn, Mozart, and Mendelssohn. But Ward's repertory extends into the twentieth century and includes music Read more by Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Berkeley, and other composers of the era. Ward has recorded extensively, the bulk of his work appearing on the Naxos label.

Ward was born in Manchester, England, in 1952. His parents were members of the Manchester-based Hallé Orchestra. Young Nicholas showed interest in music as a child, first trying his hand at the piano then, at age eight, turning to the violin. When he was 12 Ward formed a string quartet that remained active until he enrolled at Manchester's Northern College of Music five years later.

Ward was a student there for six years, studying under Barry Griffiths, Rudolph Botta, and Yossi Zivoni. He spent an additional year of study in Brussels with André Gertler, then, in 1977, relocated to London. It was here that he began his career with two somewhat modest steps, joining the Melos Ensemble and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as a violinist.

He remained with the RPO for five years and also had short stints with the London Mozart Players and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. In 1984 Ward was appointed co-leader of the City of London Sinfonia and leader of the Northern Chamber Orchestra. Soon after Ward was named music director of the latter ensemble in 1986, he began turning out a string of successful recordings with them.

Among his earlier efforts was the 1992 release on Naxos of Haydn's Symphonies No. 26, No. 35, and No. 49, part of a larger series, to which Ward and the NCO contributed six volumes. For the same label Ward and his group next recorded 26 Mozart symphonies, also as part of a complete cycle.

Throughout the 1990s and into the first decade of the new century, Ward (who leads the orchestra from the violin section) helped the NCO build a reputation as one of the finest chamber ensembles from England. Typically, Ward and his group have concertized in a variety of locales throughout northern England, including Blackpool, Ludlow, and Lancaster University. Read less

Biography

Born: 1952; Manchester, England  
Nicholas Ward is among the more important English conductors of his generation. He began his career as a violinist playing in orchestras and chamber ensembles, but eventually took up the baton and has since focused largely on works from the Classical and early Romantic periods, having recorded whole chunks of symphonies and string works by Haydn, Mozart, and Mendelssohn. But Ward's repertory extends into the twentieth century and includes music Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Molto allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Menuetto I-II
IV. Presto
I. Molto allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Molto allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Menuetto
IV. Molto allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Menuetto
IV. Molto allegro
I. Allegro - Andante
I. Allegro - Andante
II. Allegro
II. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Menuetto
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Menuetto
IV. Molto allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Menuetto
IV. Molto allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Menuetto
IV. Presto
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante grazioso
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andantino grazioso
III. Menuetto
IV. Molto allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Menuetto
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Menuetto
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio maestoso - Allegro con spirito
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Allegro molto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Menuetto
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro assai
II. Andantino grazioso
III. Presto assai
I. Allegro spiritoso -
II. Andantino grazioso -
III. Presto assai
I. Allegro spiritoso
II. Andantino grazioso
III. Allegro
I. Molto presto -
II. Andante -
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Lento
III. Vivace
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Andantino, quasi allegretto
III. Allegro feroce
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Menuet
IV. Finale: Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante grazioso
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante lentarello
III. Allegro e con moto
I. Maestoso
II. Largo cantabile
III. Allegro comodo
I. Ouverture
II. Le Reveil de Quixotte
III. Son Attaque des Moulins a Vent
IV. Les Soupirs amoureux apres la Princesse Dulcinee
V. Sanche Panche berne
VI. Le Galop de Rosinante / Celui d'Ane de Sanche
VII. Le Couche de Don Quixotte
I. Ouverture
II. Menuets I and II
III. Gavotte
IV. Courante
V. Air
VI. Loure
VII. Hornepipe
VIII. Canaries
IX. Gigue
I. Ouverture
II. Menuets I and II
III. La Vielle
IV. Sicilienne avec Cadenze
V. Rondeau
VI. Bourrees I and II
VII. Gigue
Allegro spiritoso
Largo
Allegretto
Gloria in excelsis Deo
Et in terra pax
Laudamus te
Gratias agimus tibi
Domine deus, Rex caelestis
Domine Fili unigenite
Domine Deus, Agnus Dei
Qui tollis peccata mundi
Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris
Quoniam tu solus Sanctus
Cum Sancto Spiritu
Magnificat anima mea
Et exultavit
Quia respexit
Omnes generationes
Quia fecit mihi magna
Et misericordia
Fecit potentiam
Deposuit potentes
Esurientes
Suscepit Israel
Sicut locutus est
Gloria Patri
Aria: Ich habe genug
Recitative: Ich habe genug
Aria: Schlummert ein
Recitative: Mein Gott
Aria: Ich freue mich
I. Menuet I - Menuet II
II. La Plaisanterie
III. Hornpipe
IV. Avec douceur
V. Canarie
I. Introduzione
II. Allegro
III. Siciliana
IV. Allegro giusto
I. Vivace
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Menuetto: Allegro
IV. Finale: Allegro spiritoso
I. Vivace
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Finale: Presto
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Adagio cantabile - Un poco allegro
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Finale: Vivace
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante
III. Minuetto I - Minuetto II
IV. Presto
I. Pastorale: Presto
II. Larghetto
III. Minuetto - Trio
IV. Presto
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Adagio
III. Minuetto - Trio
IV. Prestissimo
Part I: I. The Soldier's March
Part I: II. Soldier: Phew... this isn't a bad sort of spot...
Part I: III. Airs by a Stream
Part I: IV. He is a little old man...
Part I: V. The Soldier's March (Reprise)
Part I: VI. Soldier: Hurray, here we are!
Part I: VII. Pastorale
Part I: VIII. Narrator: In the Market Place...
Part I: IX. Pastorale
Part I: X. Narrator: He took the book and began to read
Part I: XI. Airs by a Stream (Reprise)
Part I: XII. Soldier: They have nothing - and yet they have it all.
Part I: XIII. Airs by a Stream (Reprise)
Part II: I. The Soldier's March (Reprise)
Part II: II. Narrator: Now he comes to another land
Part II: III. The Royal March
Part II: IV. Narrator: They gave the word for the band to play
Part II: V. The Little Concert
Part II: VI. Narrator: The princess is lying on her bed
Part II: VII. Tango
Part II: VIII. Valse
Part II: IX. Ragtime
Part II: X. Narrator: The Soldier and the Princess are in each other's arms
Part II: XI. The Devil's Dance
Part II: XII. Narrator: The Devil falls exhausted
Part II: XIII. Little Chorale
Part II: XIV. The Devil's Song
Part II: XV. Great Chorale
Part II: XVI. Narrator: 'Suppose, suppose we went there!'
Part II: XVII. Triumphal March of the Devil
I. Tempo giusto
II. Allegretto
III. Con moto
I. Tempo giusto
II. Adagio
III. Vivace
I. Tempo guisto
II. Andante poco tarde
III. Allegro
I. Ouverture
II. Loure
III. Les Scaramouches
IV. Menuet I and Menuet II
V. La Plaisanterie
VI. Hornpipe
VII. Avec douceur
VIII. Canarie
I. Ouverture
II. Menuet I and Menuet II
III. Les Allemands anciens
IV. Les Allemands modernes
V. Les Suedois anciens
VI. Les Suedois modernes
VII. Les Danois anciens
VIII. Les Danois modernes
IX. Les vieilles femmes
I. Allegro ma non molto
II. Andante
III. Vivace
I. Allegro molto
II. Andantino
III. Menuet
IV. Allegro assai
I. Adagio: Allegro molto
II. Andante
III. Menuet
IV. Presto
I. Allegro molto: Andante
II. Menuet
III. Presto
I. Vivace
II. Andante
III. Menuet
IV. Presto
I. Adagio - Allegro molto
II. Scherzo: comodo (Schweizerlied)
III. Adagio
IV. Menuetto: Allegro moderato
V. Allegro molto
I. Fuga: Grave - Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro molto
I. Introduzione
II. Allegro
III. Siciliana
IV. Allegro giusto
I. Preludio
II. Allemande
III. Sarabanda
IV. Gavotta
V. Giga
I. Allegro
II. Andante (amorevole)
III. Menuetto
IV. Allegro molto
I. Adagio e grave - Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto
IV. Allegro molto
I. Grave - Allegro
II. Andante
III. Scherzo And Trio (La Suisse)
IV. Allegro vivace
I. Grave
II. Allegro
III. Sarabande: Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Vivace
II. Fuga: Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Siciliana
IV. Vivace
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Minuetto
IV. Presto
I. Allegro molto
II. Andante moderato
III. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro di molto
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Grave-Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Menuetto - Trio I - Menuetto - Trio II
III. Prestissimo
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Menuetto
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Menuetto
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio maestoso - Allegro con spirito
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Allegro molto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Menuetto
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro assai
II. Andantino grazioso
III. Presto assai
Allegro spiritoso -
Andantino grazioso -
Presto assai
I. Allegro spiritoso
II. Andantino grazioso
III. Allegro
I. Molto presto -
II. Andante -
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Menuetto
IV. Presto
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante grazioso
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andantino grazioso
III. Menuetto
IV. Molto allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Menuetto
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Menuetto
IV. Molto allegro


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