Colin Tilney

Biography

Born: October 31, 1933; London, England  
Colin Tilney is an English early music keyboard player, an unusually active survivor of the first generation of musicians who brought the idea of historically informed performance to the general concertgoer's consciousness. Tilney's repertoire stretches from the sixteenth century to the late eighteenth, and he has played the fortepiano, the virginal, and even an occasional continuo organ in addition to his main instrument, the harpsichord. Read more Further, he has often attempted to match specific instruments with appropriate repertoire. Born in London, Tilney studied music and languages at Cambridge and then sought out harpsichord lessons with several teachers, Gustav Leonhardt among them. He began performing and recording, at first mostly in ensembles devoted to English music, in the early 1960s. His U.S. debut came in 1971. From 1979, Tilney taught at the University of Toronto and at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music, during which time he edited several printed collections of specialized Baroque repertoire, including The Art of the Unmeasured Prelude (1991). He has made an acclaimed recording of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier and has recorded the complete keyboard works of Matthew Locke. A good example of Tilney's work on disc is the 1996 album Scarlatti High and Low, which presented Domenico Scarlatti harpsichord sonatas that lay at the extremes of the instrument's range. Here and elsewhere, Tilney not only presents unusual music engagingly, but also embodies expertise on the historical development of keyboard instruments. His interests also extend to contemporary music, and he has commissioned works for harpsichord from various Canadian composers and from the British quasi-serialist Elisabeth Lutyens. In 2002, Tilney relocated to Victoria, British Columbia, where he teaches as an adjunct professor of harpsichord performance at the University of Victoria and serves as the resident harpsichordist for the Victoria Symphony. Read less
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    L'Oiseau-Lyre - The Baroque Era
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002072902 Release Date: 06/17/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne,  William Boyce,  John Blow,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Libby Crabtree,  Michael George,  Emma Kirkby  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Philip Pickett,  Joshua Rifkin,  Christophe Rousset  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Westminster Abbey School Choristers Choir,  New London Consort Orchestra  ... 
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    C. P. E. Bach: Symphonies & Concertos / Goebel, Pinnock, Richter
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 002020802 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
    Performer:  Robert Hill,  Andreas Staier,  Stephen Preston,  Catherine Mackintosh  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  Karl Richter,  Reinhard Goebel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Musica Antiqua Cologne
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    Froberger 1649 - Suites, Fantasias, And A Lament / Colin Tilney
    Label: Music & Arts   Catalog: 1280 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Jacob Froberger
    Performer:  Colin Tilney
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    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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    100 Best Organ Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 332452 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolas Kynaston,  Nicholas Kynaston,  Noel Rawsthorne,  Lionel Rogg  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Georges Prêtre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,  Menuhin Festival Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservato  ... 
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    Bach: The French Suites / Colin Tilney
    Label: Music & Arts   Catalog: 1268 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Colin Tilney
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    The Baroque Collection
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 73420 Release Date: 10/22/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Performer:  Xavier Darasse,  Maurice André,  Guy Touvron,  Pierre Pierlot  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Auriacombe,  Jörg Faerber,  Jacques Roussel,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  Antiqua Musica  ... 
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    Scarlatti: Sonatas / Colin Tilney
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 443179 Release Date: 11/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti
    Performer:  Colin Tilney
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    Bach & His Forerunners - Couperin, Frescobaldi, Gabrieli, Froberger / Colin Tilney
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1226 Release Date: 07/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Jacob Froberger,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Giovanni Gabrieli  ... 
    Performer:  Colin Tilney
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    Anthology Of English Song 1530-1790 / Burrowes, Luxon, Eathorne, Langridge
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 2309 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Lawes,  John Eccles,  George Monro,  Richard Leveridge  ... 
    Performer:  Philip Langridge,  Harold Lester,  Paul Robertson,  David Matthews  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Medici String Quartet
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    Vivaldi: Cello Sonatas / Ofra Harnoy, Colin Tilney
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60430 Release Date: 03/03/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Ofra Harnoy,  Mihai Tetel,  Colin Tilney
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    Vivaldi - Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001212502 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Igor Kipnis,  Konstanty Andrzej Kulka,  Eduardo Fernandez,  Tom Finucane  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Münchinger,  George Malcolm,  Philip Pickett,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  New London Consort  ... 
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    Monteverdi: Madrigals & Sacred Concertos / Rogers, Jürgens
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 415295 Release Date: 10/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Nigel Rogers,  Colin Tilney,  Christopher Keyte,  Ian Partridge
    Conductor:  Jürgen Jürgens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  Monteverdi Instrumental Ensemble
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    Preludes And Dances For A French Harpsichord / Colin Tilney
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 71152 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  E. Jacquet de La Guerre,  Louis Couperin,  François Couperin,  Jean-Philippe Rameau  ... 
    Performer:  Colin Tilney
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    Sing Unto The Lord - Handel, Mozart: Choruses / Somary, Abravanel, Et Al
    Label: Sheridan Square   Catalog: 6713 Release Date: 03/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Harold Lester,  Colin Tilney
    Conductor:  Johannes Somary,  Stephen Somary,  Helmut Koch,  Maurice Abravanel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amor Artis Chorale,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir  ... 
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    Baroque 8 - Purcell: Theatre Music / Menuhin, Barbirolli, De Los Angeles, Harper
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65341 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Colin Tilney,  Victoria de los Angeles,  Heather Harper,  Joan Carlyle
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bath Festival Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Handel: Organ Concertos / Preston, Menuhin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 00864 Release Date: 10/02/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Colin Tilney,  Valda Aveling
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Menuhin Festival Orchestra
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    Scarlatti High And Low / Colin Tilney
    Label: Music & Arts   Catalog: 4907 Release Date: 07/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti
    Performer:  Colin Tilney
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    Colin Tilney Plays Mozart Vol 6 - Sonatas
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 71149 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Colin Tilney
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    Dowland: The Collected Works / Rooley, Consort Of Musicke
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 000839402 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  John Dowland,  Thomas Morley
    Performer:  Christopher Wilson,  Anthony Rooley,  Nigel North,  Jakob Lindberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Rooley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consort of Musicke
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    Handel: Messiah / Somary, Price, Minton, Young, Diaz
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 1969 Release Date: 08/22/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Yvonne Minton,  Alexander Young,  Colin Tilney,  Margaret Price  ... 
    Conductor:  Johannes Somary
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  AmorArtis Chamber Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Colin Tilney Plays Mozart Vol 5 - Sonatas, Rondo
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 71147 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Colin Tilney
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    C.P.E. Bach: Six Clavichord Sonatas / Tilney
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 71146 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Colin Tilney
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    Colin Tilney Plays Mozart Vol 4
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 71144 Release Date: 06/08/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Colin Tilney
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    Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, L'estro Armonico, Et Al/Marriner
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000321202 Release Date: 11/17/2003   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Alan Loveday,  Robin Davis,  Iona Brown  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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