Philip Pickett

Biography

Born: November 17, 1950; London, England  
Philip Pickett is one of the leading ensemble directors in the London early music movement, and is also a highly regarded virtuoso player of the recorder. He became interested in early music while still in his teens through contact with two of the leaders of a generation of "period instrument" musicians, David Munrow and Anthony Baines. Pickett learned to play a variety of Baroque and earlier wind instruments, including the recorder, crumhorn, Read more racket, and shawm.

He became noted as a player before he turned 20. At the age of 21 he became Professor of Recorder in 1972 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, as post he retained for 25 years. Throughout the '70s he had continuing and growing success as a solo and ensemble early wind instruments player, in the meantime developing his scholarly interests and skills.

He began forming his own ensembles and in 1981 founded the New London Consort, which soon became known for its razor-sharp musical execution and its performances that were informed not only as regards performance practice, interpretation, and embellishment, but the political, cultural, and educational context of the eras relating to the music on their programs. Pickett's point of view tends towards the freer side of Early Music interpretation. That is, from what is definitely known about performances in a given repertory, he and his ensembles make what they consider reasonable extrapolations so long as they are not contradicted by what is known. (Another school of early music performance confines itself to doing what is known to have been done during the era.) Pickett, therefore, organizes performances that tend to be colorful in instrumentation, ornamentation; use period percussion, speculating for some rhythmic decisions; and be lively, often improvisatory, in performance.

Another characteristic of Pickett's ensembles stems from his recognition of the primacy of the voice during most of the eras in his area of expertise. Accordingly, he maintains close relationships with a core group of singers who often perform in his concerts, artists including Catherine Bott, Michael George, Andrew King, Tessa Bonner, Belinda Sykes, Olive Simpson, Simon Grant, and many others.

In the 1980s Pickett had particular success in the City of London Festival and in 1988 was appointed artistic director of the South Bank Summerscope Festival of Medieval and Renaissance Music. In 1994 he became the director of Musicians of the Globe, the resident music organization of London's reconstructed Globe Theatre.

Pickett has made numerous recordings on the Decca/L'oiseau-Lyre and Linn labels both as a soloist and a leader of ensembles. These include a widely praised set of interpretations of the famous Carmina Burana medieval manuscripts, theatrical CDs such as Monteverdi's Orfeo and Blow's Venus and Adonis, music related to Shakespeare, Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, Elizabethan and Jacobean music, Biber's Requiem, and numerous other works mostly of the Medieval, Renaissance, and early Baroque eras. Read less

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Born: November 17, 1950; London, England  
Philip Pickett is one of the leading ensemble directors in the London early music movement, and is also a highly regarded virtuoso player of the recorder. He became interested in early music while still in his teens through contact with two of the leaders of a generation of "period instrument" musicians, David Munrow and Anthony Baines. Pickett learned to play a variety of Baroque and earlier wind instruments, including the recorder, crumhorn, Read more
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LABEL
Vivaldi: Cantata: "All'ombra di sospetto" - All'ombra di sospetto
Vivaldi: Cantata: "All'ombra di sospetto" - O quanti amanti
Vivaldi: Flute Concerto in A minor, R.108 - Performed on recorder - 1. Allegro
Vivaldi: Flute Concerto in A minor, R.108 - Performed on recorder - 2. Largo
Vivaldi: Flute Concerto in A minor, R.108 - Performed on recorder - 3, Allegro
Vivaldi: Cantata "Vengo a voi luci adorate" - Vengo a voi luci adorate
Vivaldi: Cantata "Vengo a voi luci adorate" - Portando in sen l'ardor
Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in G minor, Op.10, No.2, R.439 " La notte" - 1. Largo
Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in G minor, Op.10, No.2, R.439 " La notte" - 2. Fantasmi (Presto)
Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in G minor, Op.10, No.2, R.439 " La notte" - 3. Largo
Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in G minor, Op.10, No.2, R.439 " La notte" - 4. Presto
Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in G minor, Op.10, No.2, R.439 " La notte" - 5. Il sonno (Largo)
Vivaldi: Concerto for Flute and Strings in G minor, Op.10, No.2, R.439 " La notte" - 6. Allegro
Overture
Behold My Arrows And My Bow
Come Shepherds All, Let's Sing And Play
In These Sweet Groves Love Is Not Taught
Cupid's Entry
Tune For Flutes
Venus!...Adonis!...
Hunter's Music
Adonis Will Not Hunt Today
Come Follow, Follow To The Noblest Game
A Dance by a Huntsman
Act Tune
You Place With Such Delightful Care
The Cupid's Lesson
Choose For The Formal Fool
A Dance of Cupids
Call The Graces
Chorus Of The Graces
The Graces Dance
Gavatt
Sarabrand For The Graces
A Ground
Act Tune
Adonis, Adonis
With Solemn Pomp
Mourn For Thy Servant
Telemann: Suite for Recorder or Flute, Strings and Continuo in A minor - Ouverture
Telemann: Suite for Recorder or Flute, Strings and Continuo in A minor - Les plaisirs
Telemann: Suite for Recorder or Flute, Strings and Continuo in A minor - Air à l'Italien
Telemann: Suite for Recorder or Flute, Strings and Continuo in A minor - Menuet I-II
Telemann: Suite for Recorder or Flute, Strings and Continuo in A minor - Réjouissance
Telemann: Suite for Recorder or Flute, Strings and Continuo in A minor - Passepied I-II
Telemann: Suite for Recorder or Flute, Strings and Continuo in A minor - Polonaise
Telemann: Concerto for Treble Recorder, Strings and Continuo in C - 1. Allegretto
Telemann: Concerto for Treble Recorder, Strings and Continuo in C - 2. Allegro
Telemann: Concerto for Treble Recorder, Strings and Continuo in C - 3. Andante
Telemann: Concerto for Treble Recorder, Strings and Continuo in C - 4. Tempo di Minuet
Telemann: Concerto in A Minor for Recorder and Viola da Gamba - Grave
Telemann: Concerto in A Minor for Recorder and Viola da Gamba - Allegro
Telemann: Concerto in A Minor for Recorder and Viola da Gamba - Dolce
Telemann: Concerto in A Minor for Recorder and Viola da Gamba - Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Allegro
1. (Allegro giusto)
2. Largo
3. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Largo
3, Allegro
1. Largo
2. Fantasmi (Presto)
3. Largo
4. Presto
5. Il sonno (Largo)
6. Allegro
All'ombra di sospetto
O quanti amanti
Vengo a voi luci adorate
Portando in sen l'ardor
1. (Allegro)
2. Adagio
3. Allegro
4. Menuet - Trio - Polonaise
1. (Allegro)
2. Andante
3. Allegro assai
1. (Allegro)
2. Adagio
3. Allegro


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