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Anthony Halstead

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Born: June 18, 1945; Manchester, England  
Anthony Halstead began his career as a horn player who held first-chair posts in some of the more prominent English orchestras. A sort of offshoot career soon emerged in period-instrument performance when he developed a sensational technique on hand horns of the Baroque and Classical eras. In the mid-'70s Halstead took up conducting and in that role etched out a major career in his association with the Hanover Band, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Read more and Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra. As conductor or director (he has often directed orchestras from the keyboard in concert and on recordings) he has led many acclaimed concerts throughout the world and made more than 50 recordings for a variety of labels, including CPO, Musica Sveciae, Naxos, EMI, and Nimbus.

Halstead was born on June 18, 1945, in Manchester, England. He studied music at Chetham's School in Manchester, and later at the Royal Manchester School of Music. His chosen instrument initially was the piano, though he also studied horn and organ, as well as composition. He eventually turned his focus to the horn, but without abandoning his keyboard activities -- he later studied the harpsichord with George Malcolm. He also took lessons in conducting with Charles Mackerras.

Halstead was appointed principal horn player for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 1966, and soon advanced to other more prestigious first-chair posts, including in the London Symphony Orchestra. After further study on the horn in the early '70s with Horace Fitzpatrick, he developed greater interest in hand horns and soon landed principal horn posts in several period-instrument ensembles, including the English Chamber Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, the Hanover Band, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

In 1976 Halstead debuted as conductor leading the premiere of a modern work, Elisabeth Lutyens' One and the Same. Soon he began regularly conducting several important period ensembles, most particularly the Hanover Band. In the latter twentieth and early years of the twenty first centuries, Halstead, while remaining active as a horn player, steadily developed his career as one of the foremost English conductors of period-instrument music.

In 1995 Halstead launched a most ambitious project with the Hanover Band, the complete orchestral works of J.C. Bach, which would include the harpsichord and fortepiano concertos, with Halstead directing from the keyboard. He finished this 22-CD set for CPO in the early 2000s, with the last release issued in 2006. Read less
Bottesini: Fantasia
Release Date: 10/28/2008   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570399   Number of Discs: 1
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    J. C. Bach: 3 Quintets, Sextet / Pinnock, English Concert
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 423385 Release Date: 12/04/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  David Reichenberg,  Trevor Pinnock,  Simon Standage,  Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert members
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  • 2.
    Handel: Complete Orchestral Recordings / Pinnock
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001923802 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Christian Rutherford,  Anthony Halstead,  Simon Standage,  David Reichenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 3.
    Haydn: Horn Concerto No. 1, Symphony No. 31 / Goodman, Halstead, Hanover Band
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5190 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Michael Haydn
    Performer:  Anthony Halstead
    Conductor:  Roy Goodman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
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  • 4.
    Schumann: Complete Works For Piano 4-hands / Frankl, Schiff
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 3001 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Anthony Halstead,  Olga Hegedus,  Peter Frankl  ... 
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  • 5.
    Mozart: Oboe Music / Robin Canter, London Baroque
    Label: Amon Ra   Catalog: 34 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Raul Diaz,  Anthony Halstead,  Robin Canter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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  • 6.
    Bottesini: Fantasia
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570399 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Bottesini
    Performer:  Anthony Halstead,  Thomas [Double Bass] Martin,  Anthony Halstead,  Jacquelyn Fugelle
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    Handel: Overtures / Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 419219 Release Date: 05/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Anthony Halstead,  Christian Rutherford,  Simon Standage,  David Reichenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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    Brahms: Choral Works / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000666902 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Philip Salmon,  Delyth Wynne,  Anthony Halstead,  Christian Rutherford  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 9.
    J. C. Bach: Symphonies Concertantes Vol 6 / Halstead, Hanover Band
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999845 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Rodolfo Richter,  Graham Cracknell,  Sebastian Comberti,  Anthony Halstead  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Halstead
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
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  • 10.
    The #1 Mozart Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000063902 Release Date: 07/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Willard White,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 11.
    J.c. Bach: Complete Keyboard Concertos / Halstead, Hanover
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999930 Release Date: 01/21/2003   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Anthony Halstead
    Conductor:  Anthony Halstead
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
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  • 12.
    Blue - Bach: Brandenburg Concertos 1-3, Etc / Pinnock, Et Al
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 471720 Release Date: 08/01/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Amanda Macnamara,  Richard Webb,  Jennifer Ward-Clarke,  Elizabeth Wilcock  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert
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  • 13.
    J.c. Bach: Piano Concertos Op 13, Etc / Halstead, Et Al
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999691 Release Date: 03/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Anthony Halstead
    Conductor:  Anthony Halstead
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
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  • 14.
    Weber: Overtures, Etc / Roy Goodman, Hanover Band
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7062 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Anthony Halstead
    Conductor:  Roy Goodman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
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    Mozart, Beethoven: Quintets For Piano And Winds / Levin
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 455994 Release Date: 07/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Robert Levin,  Anthony Halstead,  Frank De Bruine,  Antony Pay  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble
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    Mozart: Wind Concertos / Hogwood, Academy Of Ancient Music
    Label: L'oiseau-lyre London/Decca   Catalog: 460027 Release Date: 07/20/1999   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anthony Halstead,  Lisa Beznosiuk,  Danny Bond,  Frances Kelly  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 17.
    The London Horn Sound / Simon, London Horns
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 112 Release Date: 06/29/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Freddie Mercury,  Richard Wagner,  Mikhail Glinka,  James Van Heusen  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Thompson,  Hugh Seenan,  Frank Lloyd,  Richard Bissill  ... 
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The London Horn Sound
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    J.c. Bach: Piano Concertos Op 13, Etc / Halstead, Et Al
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999601 Release Date: 06/22/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Anthony Halstead
    Conductor:  Anthony Halstead
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
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  • 19.
    A Portrait Of Britten / William Boughton, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1751 Release Date: 06/15/1999   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Roger Best,  Jerry Hadley,  Anthony Halstead
    Conductor:  William Boughton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Symphony Orchestra,  English String Orchestra
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  • 20.
    J.c. Bach: Piano Concertos / Halstead, The Hanover Band
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999600 Release Date: 05/11/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Anthony Halstead
    Conductor:  Anthony Halstead
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
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  • 21.
    A Portrait Of Mozart
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1756 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martyn Hill,  Julia Bernheimer,  Gundula Janowitz,  David Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Roy Goodman,  Barry Wordsworth,  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band Chorus,  Hanover Band,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    M. Haydn: Pro Festo Sanctorum Innocentium, Etc / Marlow
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 51220 Release Date: 07/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Haydn
    Performer:  Anthony Halstead,  Micaela Comberti,  Simon Standage,  Daniel Yeadon  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Marlow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
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  • 23.
    Schubert: Choral Works / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 454428 Release Date: 01/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Noel Mann,  Lynette Alcantara,  Angela Kazimierczuk,  Robert Johnston  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 24.
    Murray Perahia - 25th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 63380 Release Date: 11/18/1997   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Murray Perahia,  Martin Lovett,  Peter Schidlof,  Norbert Brainin  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Murray Perahia
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Amadeus String Quartet members  ... 
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  • 25.
    J.c. Bach: Berlin Harpsichord Concertos Vol 2 / Halstead
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999462 Release Date: 08/05/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Anthony Halstead
    Conductor:  Anthony Halstead
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
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