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David Munrow

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Born: August 12, 1942; Birmingham, England   Died: May 15, 1976; Chesham Bois, England  
David John Munrow, in his brief career, was one of the most exciting and influential leaders of the British early music movement. After he completed his school education, he taught for a year in South America. He returned to England to attend Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he read for a degree in English from 1961 to 1964. He was an avid and talented flute player and while at Cambridge founded an organization to play early music. After he Read more graduated, he studied seventeenth century music at Birmingham University. It was his exposure to South American indigenous music, with its strong use of wooden instruments of the flute family, that stimulated his interest in such instruments, including the recorder.

At that time, interest in England in early music was growing. Munrow found himself in great demand as a recorder player. In 1967, he founded the Early Music Consort of London, with counter tenor James Bowman, violist Oliver Brookes, lutenist James Tyler, and harpsichordist Christopher Hogwood. They gave their first performance at Louvain the same year, making a London debut in 1968. Also in 1967, he became a lecturer in early music at Leicester University. Munrow's consort shook up the regular concert world and the growing early music establishment with its performing style. Their approach was entertaining, attractive, and exuberant, even brash, without traducing the boundaries of what was known to be authentic. Suddenly, "authentic" performances were no longer scholarly affairs of main interest to academics, but popular concert events eagerly attended by the general classical music audience.

The Consort appeared on television and in an intriguing development, the group also kept an interest in contemporary music. Therefore, several living composers wrote new music -- often in the most advanced musical style -- for these old-style instruments. These included Peter Dickinson (Translations, 1971), Elisabeth Lutyens (The Tears of Night, 1972), and Peter Maxwell Davies, who used the group as the on-stage band during his opera Taverner (1972), which is about a medieval English composer.

In 1969, Munrow became a teacher of the recorder at London's Royal Academy of Music. In 1971, he started making lecture appearances on BBC radio. His show, "Pied Piper," was aimed at young listeners and had a listenership among all ages. For reasons that remain obscure, he took his own life in 1976. Had he not, he surely would have been recognized as one of the most influential musicians of the last half of the twentieth century. Read less
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  • 1.
    Archiv Produktion 1947-2013
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001833572 Release Date: 06/18/2013   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Anonymous,  Adam de la Halle,  Raimbaut de Vaqeiras  ... 
    Performer:  Helmut Walcha,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Hermann Töttcher,  Maria Jung  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Ristenpart,  Fritz Lehmann,  Maurus Pfaff,  Safford Cape  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Karl Ristenpart Chamber Orchestra,  Bach Festival Orchestra,  Frankfurt Music School Chorus  ... 
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  • 2.
    Glorious Majesty – Music For English Kings And Queens
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 27285 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Henry Purcell,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Performer:  Alastair Ross,  Benjamin Bayl,  Christopher Hogwood,  Oliver Brookes  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  David Munrow,  Roger Norrington,  Philip Ledger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
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  • 3.
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 828262 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Wolfgang Gönnenwein,  David Munrow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    Best Choruses 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 80416 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Wolfgang Gönnenwein,  David Munrow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 5.
    Best Wedding 50
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48501 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jeremiah Clarke,  Richard Wagner,  Giovanni Battist Martini,  Norwegian Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Jane Parker-Smith,  Maurice André,  Frederic Bayco,  Wayne Marshall  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir David Willcocks,  Kenneth Montgomery,  David Munrow  ... 
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  • 6.
    111 - The Collector's Edition 2 [56-CD Set - Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4779142 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Stuart Harling,  Robert Lloyd,  Sherrill Milnes,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  John Nelson,  Leonard Bernstein,  Jerzy Semkow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  George Watson's College Boys' Chorus  ... 
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  • 7.
    111 More Classic Tracks [6-CD Set - Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001483202 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Maurice André,  Stefan Askenase,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Karel Ancerl,  Hans Stadlmair,  John Nelson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Munich Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Essential Renaissance
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 88592 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Clément Janequin,  Adrian Willaert,  Ludovico Agostini  ... 
    Performer:  Della Jones,  Arleen Augér,  Hopkinson Smith,  Paul O'Dette  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Andrew Parrott,  Anthony Rooley,  Emmanuelle Haďm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort & Players,  Consort of Musicke,  Le Concert D'Astrée  ... 
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    Best Wedding 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64262 Release Date: 06/16/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Markus Klinko,  Ian Brown,  Christopher van Kampen,  Susan Tomes  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Reginald Kilbey,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble,  Vienna String Sextet Members,  Ensemble Berlin  ... 
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  • 10.
    Label: Raum Klang   Catalog: 28010 Release Date: 06/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Guillaume Dufay,  Robert Morton,  Hayne van Ghizeghem  ... 
    Performer:  Annemieke Cantor,  Michael Form,  Susanne Ansorg,  Randall Cook  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Form,  David Munrow,  Michal Gondko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Haults Ménestrels de Charles le Téméraire,  Les Flamboyants,  Early Music Consort of London  ... 
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  • 11.
    The Art Of The Netherlands / Munrow, Early Music Consort
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64215 Release Date: 11/27/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Josquin Des Préz,  Anonymous,  Hayne van Ghizeghem,  Alexander Agricola  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Elliott,  James Bowman,  Andrew van der Beek,  Alan Lumsden  ... 
    Conductor:  David Munrow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
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  • 12.
    Henry VIII and His Six Wives / Munrow, Early Music Consort
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1250 Release Date: 04/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  King VIII Henry,  Thomas Ford,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Hogwood,  James Bowman,  Oliver Brookes,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Conductor:  David Munrow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
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  • 13.
    Music For Ferdinand And Isabella Of Spain / Munrow, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1251 Release Date: 04/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Claude de Sermisy,  Carlos Verardi,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Spencer,  Alan Lumsden,  Michael Laird,  Paul Bernard  ... 
    Conductor:  David Munrow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
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  • 14.
    Blue - Music Of The Gothic Era / London Early Music Consort
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 471731 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Philippus Royllart,  Anonymous,  Guillaume de Machaut,  Philippe De Vitry  ... 
    Performer:  David Munrow,  James Tyler,  Christopher Hogwood,  Alan Lumsden  ... 
    Conductor:  David Munrow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
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  • 15.
    The David Munrow Edition - The Art Of Courtly Love
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas Edition   Catalog: 61284 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes S. Hasprois,  Pierre de Molins,  Guillaume Dufay,  Gilles Binchois  ... 
    Performer:  Eleanor Sloan,  Oliver Brookes,  David Munrow,  Christopher Hogwood  ... 
    Conductor:  David Munrow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
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    The David Munrow Edition - The Art Of The Netherlands
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas Edition   Catalog: 61334 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacob Obrecht,  Johannes Ockeghem,  Pierre de La Rue,  Anonymous  ... 
    Conductor:  David Munrow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
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  • 17.
    Purcell: Come Ye Sons Of Art, Etc / Munrow, Burrowes, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 561333 Release Date: 08/11/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Charles Brett,  James Bowman,  Norma Burrowes,  Robert Lloyd
    Conductor:  David Munrow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
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  • 18.
    Early Music Festival / David Munrow, Early Music Consort
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 452967 Release Date: 07/14/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Marchetto Cara,  Giovanni Domenico Nola,  Bartolomeo Tromboncino  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel Rogers,  Jantina Noorman,  John Frost,  Grayston Burgess  ... 
    Conductor:  John Beckett,  David Munrow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Reservata,  Early Music Consort of London
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  • 19.
    The David Munrow Edition - Praetorius / Early Music Consort
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas Edition   Catalog: 61289 Release Date: 07/16/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius
    Conductor:  David Munrow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
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  • 20.
    David Munrow - Two Renaissance Dance Bands, Etc
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1080 Release Date: 05/10/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giorgio Mainerio,  Thomas Morley,  William Byrd,  John Dowland  ... 
    Conductor:  David Munrow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London,  The Morley Consort
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  • 21.
    The Pleasures of the Royal Courts / Munrow, Early Music Consort
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 71326 Release Date: 06/25/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Fogliano,  Magister Gulielmus,  Anonymous,  Juan del Encina  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Hogwood,  Oliver Brookes,  Mary Remnant,  David Munrow  ... 
    Conductor:  David Munrow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
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  • 22.
    Music Of The Crusades / Munrow, Early Music Consort
    Label: London/Decca Serenata Series   Catalog: 430264 Release Date: 04/05/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Walther von der Vogelweide,  King of Navarre Thibaut,  Richard I "Coeur-de-Lion",  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  James Bowman,  James Tyler,  Christopher Hogwood,  David Munrow  ... 
    Conductor:  David Munrow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort
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