Desmond Dupré

Biography

Born: December 19, 1916; London, England   Died: August 16, 1974; Tonbridge  
Desmond Dupré was a pioneer in the performance of lute and viola da gamba during the twentieth century early music revival. After studying chemistry at Oxford, he began his musical training at the Royal College of Music in 1946, where he studied cello with Ivor James and harmony with Herbert Howells. The following year, he taught himself the viol and started to perform professionally as a guitarist and also as a cellist with the Boyd Neel Read more Orchestra. In 1950, he made his first of many recordings with Alfred Deller, accompanying him on the guitar. After teaching himself the lute, he used that instrument for further collaborations with Deller, including a 1951 Wigmore Hall debut recital, and became the first president of the Lute Society (1956-1973). Dupré performed regularly with other leading early music groups, including the Julian Bream Consort, the Jacobean Consort of Viols, and Musica Reservata. He recorded Bach's sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord with Thurston Dart, and Dart reconstructed a Handel concerto for lute and harp, which Dupré premiered. Read less
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  • 1.
    Purcell: Songs And Sacred Arias
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1366 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Walter Bergman,  Alfred Deller,  George Malcolm,  April Cantelo  ... 
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    The Very Best Of English Song
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 80513 Release Date: 04/03/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  John Ireland,  Charles Hubert Parry,  Roger Quilter  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker,  Gerald Moore,  Thomas Allen,  Geoffrey Parsons  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Simon Rattle,  Steuart Bedford  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Fretwork,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 3.
    Three Ravens & Wraggle-taggle Gypsies / Deller, Dupre
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1148 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional
    Performer:  Desmond Dupré,  Alfred Deller
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  • 4.
    Altus - From Castrato To Countertenor
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 35476 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Paul A. Martini,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Derek Lee Ragin,  Suzie LeBlanc,  Gérard Lesne,  David Daniels  ... 
    Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haïm,  Gérard Lesne,  Moses Hogan,  David Hill  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Teatro Lirico,  Seminario Musicale,  Moses Hogan Singers  ... 
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  • 5.
    Alfred Deller Complete Vanguard Recordings - Christmas Carols & Motets / 4-Disc Set
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 192 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Leonel Power,  Ludwig Senfl,  Thomas Stoltzer,  Heinrich Isaac  ... 
    Performer:  Mark Deller,  Honor Sheppard,  Robert Tear,  Alfred Deller  ... 
    Conductor:  René Clemencic,  Alfred Deller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Musica Antiqua,  Deller Consort
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    Alfred Deller Complete Vanguard Recordings - Music Of Henry Purcell / 7-Disc Set
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 194 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  John Blow
    Performer:  George Malcolm,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Granville Jones,  Desmond Dupré  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Alfred Deller,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Michael Tippett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leonhardt Consort,  Kalmar Chamber Orchestra London,  Deller Consort  ... 
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    Alfred Deller Complete Vanguard Recordings - Folk Songs And Ballads / 7-Disc Set
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 193 Release Date: 07/22/2008   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Traditional,  John Danyel,  John Dowland,  Philip Rosseter  ... 
    Performer:  Desmond Dupré,  Alfred Deller,  Honor Sheppard,  Maurice Bevan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort,  London Chamber Players,  Ambrosian Singers
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  • 8.
    The Essential Julian Bream
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 721340 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Malcolm Arnold,  Enrique Granados,  Mauro Giuliani  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Bream,  George Malcolm,  Robert Spencer,  Desmond Dupré  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Julian Bream Consort
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    Legendary British Performers / Various
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 88461 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Enrique Granados,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré,  Iris Du Pré,  Mark Deller,  Alfred Deller  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  Melos Ensemble London
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  • 10.
    Alfred Deller - Portrait Of A Legend
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 290261 Release Date: 06/08/2004   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Anonymous,  Thomas Tallis,  François Couperin  ... 
    Performer:  John Buttrey,  Christina Clarke,  Alfred Deller,  Mark Deller  ... 
    Conductor:  Alfred Deller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stour Music Festival Orchestra,  Deller Consort,  Stour Music Festival Chorus  ... 
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  • 11.
    Folksongs / Alfred Deller, Mark Deller, Desmond Dupré
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 195226 Release Date: 07/08/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Robert Jones
    Performer:  Desmond Dupré,  Mark Deller,  Alfred Deller
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  • 12.
    Handel: Italian Cantatas/Scarlatti: Italian Cantatas
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4615962 Release Date: 10/30/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alessandro Scarlatti,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Helen Watts,  Thurston Dart,  Desmond Dupré
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Shakespeare Songs / Alfred Deller, Desmond Dupré, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 195202 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Johnson,  Anonymous,  Traditional,  Francis Cutting  ... 
    Performer:  Desmond Dupré
    Conductor:  Alfred Deller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort
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  • 14.
    Sound The Trumpet! / Andre, Smithers, Hardenberger, Laird
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 454421 Release Date: 04/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrea Grossi,  Domenico Gabrielli,  Giovanni Bononcini,  Johann Melchior Molter  ... 
    Performer:  Don Smithers,  Desmond Dupré,  Simon Preston,  Maria Teresa Garatti  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Elgar Howarth,  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  I Musici,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Monteverdi: Il Ballo Delle Ingrate, Etc / Deller, Et Al
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 8100 Release Date: 02/27/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Honor Sheppard,  Sally Le Sage,  Alfred Deller,  Max Worthley  ... 
    Conductor:  Alfred Deller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deller Consort,  London Chamber Players,  Ambrosian Singers
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