Anthony Rooley

Biography

Born: June 10, 1944; Leeds, England  
Anthony Rooley began his musical career as a classical guitarist, studying with Hector Quine at the Royal Academy of Music. By his own description, he felt "misfit" in this young performance program; he began teaching himself to play the lute, making his own transcriptions from the academy's library. While teaching at the RAM after graduation, Rooley formed the ensemble Consort of Musicke with James Tyler, lutenist and viol player. From its 1969 Read more inception, the ensemble gave instrumental performances, often adding a single voice, of late Renaissance and early Baroque secular music. After a 1978 grant from the British Arts Council (and a new recording contract with Decca), Rooley and the Consort of Musicke began a long specialization in the madrigal repertory. His extensive discography highlights the music of lesser-known seventeenth century composers John Coprario, Sigismondo d'India, Henry Lawes, Biagio Marini, Barbara Strozzi, Giaches de Wert, John Ward. It often features integral recordings of complete published collections; his work may be found on l'Oiseau-Lyre, Harmonia Mundi, Hyperion, Virgin, and ASV, as well as his own label, Musica Oscura. Rooley's ensembles, freely alternating between all-vocal and accompanied orchestrations, have been credited with "bold elasticity of dynamics and phrasing," as well as an audible theatricality. In live performance, Rooley's musicians often intensify this with gesture and choreography. The dramatic renditions follow directly from his fascination with contemporary philosophy. Quoting Marsilio Ficino and other sixteenth century sources, Rooley seeks an "Orphic" performance of music that can bring the soul of the listener -- through the medium of the senses -- face to face with the Divine. Read less
Holborne: Pavans & Galliards 1599 / Jones, Rooley
Release Date: 04/08/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002005502   Number of Discs: 1
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    Danyel: Lute Songs / Anthony Rooley, Consort Of Musick
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 002083102 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Danyel
    Performer:  Anthony Rooley,  Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones,  Emma Kirkby,  Martyn Hill  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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    Holborne: Pavans & Galliards 1599 / Jones, Rooley
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002005502 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anthony Holborne
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley,  Trevor Jones
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke,  Guildhall Waits
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    John Dowland & Friends: Lute Songs
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1223 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudin de Sermisy,  John Dowland,  Thomas Weelkes,  Thomas Tomkins  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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    Angelo Notari: The First New Music
    Label: United Classics   Catalog: 2012080 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Angelo Notari
    Performer:  Evelyn Tubb,  Emma Kirkby,  David Thomas,  Andrew King  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
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    Weelkes: Anthems & Madrigals / Consort of Musicke
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1217 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Weelkes
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 922510 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  William Hayes
    Performer:  Paul Bentley,  Mirjam [Soprano Vocal] Berli,  David Munderloh,  Evelyn Tubb
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  SCB Hayes Players
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    Eccles: Semele / Rooley, Clements, Coble, Et Al
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 9203 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Eccles
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
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    All-Baroque Box (From Monteverdi To Bach) [50-CD Limited Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001719702 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Harvey,  Stephen Varcoe,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Paul McCreesh,  Marc Minkowski,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Gabrieli Consort  ... 
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    Monteverdi: Madrigali Erotici e Spirituali / Kirkby, Tubb, Rooley, Consort of Musicke
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1160 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Evelyn Tubb,  Emma Kirkby
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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    Coprario: Funeral Teares, Consort Music / Kirkby, Skinner, Rooley
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4802299 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Coprario
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  John York Skinner
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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    Coprario: Songs Of Mourning, Consort Music / Hill, Rooley
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4802298 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Coprario
    Performer:  Anthony Rooley,  Martyn Hill,  Trevor [viola da gamba] Jones
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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    D'India: Il Terzo Libro de Madrigali / Rooley, Consort of Musicke
    Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 77437 Release Date: 12/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sigismondo D'India
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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    Le Chansonnier Cordiforme / Rooley, Consort Of Musicke
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4801819 Release Date: 08/20/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Guillaume Dufay,  John Bedyngham,  Johannes Regis  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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    William Hayes: The Passions / Rooley, La Cetra
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: 922501 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Hayes
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel
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    Zen Voices
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 28443 Release Date: 05/18/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Lambert Orkis,  Arleen Augér,  Barbara Hendricks  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Schoenwandt,  Daniel Barenboim,  Laurence Equilbey,  Paavo Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cellos ensemble of the Orchestre de Paris,  Ensemble Matheus,  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris  ... 
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    Monteverdi: Madrigali Erotici / Rooley, Consort Of Musicke
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 421480 Release Date: 04/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Jan Spencer,  Jakob Lindberg,  David Roblou,  John Toll  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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    Heinrich Schutz: Il Primo Libro De Madrigali
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 7576252 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
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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,  Lodovico 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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    Monteverdi: L'ottavo libro de madrigali - Madrigali amorosi
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 91157 Release Date: 02/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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    Monteverdi: Duets & Solos / Kirkby, Tubb, Rooley
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1060 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Evelyn Tubb
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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  • 21.
    The World Of English Ayres & Madrigals - Dowland, Gibbons, Wilbye, Morley
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467786 Release Date: 09/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Morley,  John Wilbye,  Orlando Gibbons,  John Dowland
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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  • 22.
    There Were Three Ravens - Songs, Rounds & Catches By Ravenscroft
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 91217 Release Date: 01/07/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Ravenscroft
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Evelyn Tubb,  Andrew King,  Paul Agnew  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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  • 23.
    Gesualdo: Quinto Libro Dei Madrigali / Anthony Rooley
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 410128 Release Date: 12/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carlo Gesualdo
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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  • 24.
    Dowland: First Booke of Songs / Rooley, Consort of Musicke
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 421653 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Dowland
    Performer:  Catherine Mackintosh,  Polly Waterfield,  Martyn Hill,  Emma Kirkby  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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    Great Secular Choral Works
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 22112 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Orff,  Claudio Monteverdi,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Conductor:  David Hill,  Anthony Rooley,  André Cluytens,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Chorus,  Consort of Musicke  ... 
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