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
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    Coprario: Songs Of Mourning, Consort Music / Hill, Rooley
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 002126602 Release Date: 10/14/2014   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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    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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    Don Quixote
    Label: United Classics   Catalog: 2012134 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anthony Rooley
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Purcell Simfony,  Consort of Musicke
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    John Dowland & Friends: Lute Songs
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1223 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude 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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  • 10.
    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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    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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    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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    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 Haïm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort & Players,  Consort of Musicke,  Le Concert D'Astrée  ... 
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Gesualdo: Quinto Libro Dei Madrigali / Anthony Rooley, Et Al
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 001047202 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carlo Gesualdo
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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    De Wert: Seventh Book Of Madrigals / Rooley, Consort Of Musicke
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 90763 Release Date: 01/07/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giaches de Wert
    Performer:  Andrew King,  Evelyn Tubb,  Michael Chance,  Mary Nichols  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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    Monteverdi: Madrigali Erotici / Rooley, Consort Of Musicke
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 001011302 Release Date: 11/13/2007   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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    Dowland: First Book Of Songes
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 4759114 Release Date: 11/05/2007  
    Composer:  John Dowland
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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    Dowland: Third Booke Of Songs / Rooley, Kirkby, Hill, Et Al
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 430284 Release Date: 04/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Dowland
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  John York Skinner,  Martyn Hill,  David Thomas
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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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
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Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Hor che'l ciel: 'Hor ch'el ciel e la terra, e'l vento tace'
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Hor che'l ciel: 'Hor ch'el ciel e la terra, e'l vento tace'
1. Gioite voi col canto
2. S'io non miro non moro
3. Itene, o miei sospiri
4. Dolcissima mia vita
5. O dolorosa gioia
6. Qual fora, donna
7. Felicissimo sono
8. Se vi duol il mio duolo
9. Occhi del mio cor vita
10. Languisce al fin
11. Merce grido piangendo
12. O voi, troppo felici
13. Correte, amanti, a prova
14. Asciugate i begli occhi
15. Tu m'uccidi, o crudele
16. Deh, coprute il bel seno
17. Poichè l'avida sete
18. Ma tu, cagion
19. O tenebroso giorno
20. Se tu fuggi, io non resto
21. T'amo, mia vita
1. I saw my lady weep
2. Flow my tears
3. Sorrow, stay
4. Die not before thy day
5. Mourn, day is with darkness fled
6. Time's eldest son
7. Then sit thee down
8. When others sing Venite
9. Praise blindness eyes
10. O sweet woods
11. If floods of tears
12. Fine knacks for ladies
13. Now cease my wand'ring eyes
14. Come ye heavy states of night
15. White as lilies was her face
16. Woeful heart
17. A shepherd in a shade
18. Faction that ever dwells
19. Shall I sue
20. Toss not my soul
21. Clear or cloudy
22. Humor say what mak'st thou here
1. Farewell too fair
2. Time stands still
3. Behold a wonder here
4. Daphne was not so chaste
5. Me, me and none but me
6. When Phoebus first did Daphne love
7. Say, Love, if ever thou didst find
8. Flow not so fast, ye fountains
9. What if I never speed
10. Love stood amazed
11. Lend your ears to my sorrow
12. By a fountain where I lay
13. O what hath overwrought
14. Farewell, unkind
15. Weep you no more, sad fountains
16. Fie on this feigning
17. I must complain
18. It was a time when silly bees
19. The lowest trees have tops
20. What poor astromomers are they
21. Come when I call
1. Disdain me still
2. Sweet stay awhile
3. To ask for all thy love
4. Love, those beams that breed
5. Shall I strive with words to move
6. Were every thought an eye
7. Stay, Time, awhile thy flying
8. Tell me, true love
9. Go nightly cares
10. From silent night
11. Lasso vita mia
12. In this trembling shadow cast
13. If that a sinner's sighs
14. Thou mighty God
15. When David's life
16. When the poor cripple
17. Where sin sore wounding
18. My heart and tongue were twins
19. Up merry mates
20. Welcome black night
21. Cease these false sports
1. Lord turn not away
2. Lord in thy wrath
3. Lord consider my distress
4. O Lord of whom I do depend
5. Where righteousness doth say
6. Lord to thee I make my moan
7. Lord hear my prayer
Lachrimae Antiquae
Lachrimae Antiquae Novae
Lachrimae Gementes
Lachrimae Tristes
Lachrimae Coactae
Lachrimae Amantis
Lachrimae Verae
M. John Langton's Pavan
M. Nicolas Gryffith his Galiard
Sir John Souch, his Galiard
Semper Dowland semper dolens
M. Giles Hobies Galiard
The King of Denmark's Galiard
Sir Henry Upton's Funeral
M. Henry Noel his Galiard
The Earl of Essex Galiard
M. Buctons Galiard
M. George Whithead his Almand
Captaine Digorie Piper his Galiard
M. Thomas Collier his Galiard
Mrs Nichols Almand
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - Proemio: Fate silenzio
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor grave
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor allegro
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor universale
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor misto
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor licentioso
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor dolente
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor lusinghiero
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor malenconico
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor gentile
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor affetuoso
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor perfidioso
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor sincero
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor svegghiato
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - L'humor balzano
Vecchi: L'Humore Musicale - Conclusione
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Altri canti d'amor: Sinfonia "Altri canti d'Amor, tenero Arciero"
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Altri canti d'amor: 'Tu Chi tessuta han di Cesare alloro'
Monteverdi: Madrigals, Book 8, 'Madrigali guerrieri, Hor che'l ciel': "Hor ch'el ciel e la terra, e'l vento tace"
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Hor che'l ciel: 'Cosi sol d,una chiara fonte viva'
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Ogni amante è guerrier: 'Ogni amante è guerrier, nel suo gran regno'
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Ogni amante è guerrier: 'Io che nell'otio naqui e d'otio vissi'
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Ogni amante è guerrier: 'Ma per ampio Egeo spieghi le vele'
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda: 'Tancredi, che Clorinda un homo stima'
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda: 'Non schivar, non parar, non pur ritrasi'
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda: 'Tre volte il cavalier la donna stringe'
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda: 'Torna l'ira nei cori. e li trasporta'
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali guerrieri, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda: 'Amico, hai vinto: io ti perdon... perdona'
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali amorosi, Lamento della ninfa: 'Non havea Febo ancora'
Madrigals, Book 8 (Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi...libro ottavo), Madrigali amorosi, Lamento della ninfa: 'Amor, dicea, il ciel'
Tu fuggi e col fuggire
Lasso io prima morire
Udite, amanti, udite
Non garir, Augellino (prima parte)
Importun Augellino (seconda parte)
S'ancor tu amante sei (terza parte)
Son morta
La mia cruda Brunetta
Ardo, sospiro e piango
Lasso, perche mi fuggi