John Constable

Biography

Born: London, England  
John Constable studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Harold Craxton. His career began at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, where he worked on the music staff. Since 1984, he has served as the principal harpsichordist for the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the principal pianist for the London Sinfonietta, Britain's leading contemporary music ensemble, since its founding. He has performed as a soloist under the batons of such Read more conductors as Simon Rattle, Hans Werner Henze, David Atherton, and Oliver Knussen. He has performed as continuo harpsichordist for recordings of Mozart operas with Colin Davis, Neville Marriner, Simon Rattle, and Georg Solti. With soprano Lucy Shelton, he gave the world premiere of Elliott Carter's Of Challenge and of Love at the Aldeburgh Festival. Constable has performed recitals at the BBC's New British Music and Lutoslawski weekends at the Barbican and the American Independents Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. In 2000, he was a soloist in the Boulez at 75 Festival and in 2001 at the BBC's Schnittke Festival at the Barbican. In 1998, he performed the Elliott Carter Double Concerto with the London Sinfonietta at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and with the ASKO Ensemble at the Concertgebouw. Constable has made numerous recordings of chamber music and song repertoire for Argo, Decca, EMI, Philips, Deutsche Grammophon, Hänsler, and Capriccio. These include a disc of music for viola and piano with Paul Silverthorne, a selection of Liszt songs with Philip Langridge, a collection of Warlock songs with Adrian Thompson and Christopher Maltman, Fauré and Ravel songs with Felicity Palmer, Haydn Lieder with Dame Janet Baker, and A Spanish Songbook with Jill Gomez. He is a frequent collaborator with Lucy Shelton, with whom he has recorded Messiaen's Harawi and the complete songs of Elliott Carter and Stravinsky. Constable is a professor at the Royal College of Music, London, and a Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music. Read less
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  • 1.
    Janacek: From The House Of The Dead / Mackerras
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001895302 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Václav Zitek,  Antonín Svorc,  Dalibor Jedlicka,  Richard Novák  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  David Atherton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta members  ... 
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    Berlioz: Complete Orchestral & Sacred Works / Colin Davis
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4804868 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Nobuko Imai,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Patricia Kern,  Robert Tear  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir  ... 
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    Lecuona: Piano Music, Songs / Tirino, Farley
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1854 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ernesto Lecuona
    Performer:  Thomas Tirino,  Elizabeth Henreckson-Farnum,  Katie Geissinger,  Alexandra Montano  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Bartos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Silesian Philharmonic Chorus
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    Pierre Boulez Conducts Schoenberg
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 5429572 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Siegmund Nimsgern,  Kenneth Bowen,  Ian Partridge,  Paul Hudson  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Singers,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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    Ravel Complete Edition [14-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001728702 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  François-Joël Thiollier,  Jean-Yves Thibaudet,  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Ivo Pogorelich  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Charles Dutoit,  Ernest Ansermet,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London,  Nash Ensemble,  Melos String Quartet Stuttgart  ... 
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    Knussen: Symphonies No 2 & 3, Ophelia Dances,Trumpets / Tilson Thomas, Barry, Hirst, Collins
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 175 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Oliver Knussen
    Performer:  Michael Collins,  Ian Mitchell,  Dward Pillinger,  Linda Hirst  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Oliver Knussen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta
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    The Grainger Edition [19-CD Set]
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10638 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 19
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Penelope Thwaites,  Stephen Varcoe,  Mark Padmore,  Andrew Watkinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Timothy Reynish,  Clark Rundell,  Jesper Grove Jorgensen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,  City of London Sinfonia,  Joyful Company of Singers  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Sacred Music / Negri, Lott, Marshall, Rolfe Johnson
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802045 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Margaret Marshall,  Ann Murray,  Birgit Finnilä,  Felicity Lott  ... 
    Conductor:  Vittorio Negri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir,  Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
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    Handel: Opera Arias; Sacred Arias; Italian Cantatas / Jochen Kowalski
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 7061 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Siegfried Pank,  Jochen Kowalski,  Karl-Heinz Passin,  Christine Schornsheim  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Hartmut Haenchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
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    Milhaud: Alissa, L'amour Chante, Poemes Juifs / Carole Farley
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572298 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Darius Milhaud
    Performer:  John Constable,  Carole Farley
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    Kurt Weill: Symphony No. 2; The Seven Deadly Sins; Songs / Jansons, Rattle, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 97185 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Kurt Weill
    Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann,  Thomas Hampson,  Robyn Archer,  John Constable  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons,  John McGlinn,  Dominic Muldowney,  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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    Knussen Conducts Knussen / Tuckwell, Shelton
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 449572 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Oliver Knussen
    Performer:  Barry Tuckwell,  Lucy Shelton,  Paul Silverthorne,  Michael Collins  ... 
    Conductor:  Oliver Knussen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
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    Handel: Messiah / McNair, Otter, Hadley, Lloyd, Marriner, ASMF
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 470044 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Sylvia McNair,  John Constable,  Ian Watson,  Anne Sofie von Otter  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Vivaldi: Four Seasons; Tartini: Violin Sonata
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 711013 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Tartini,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  John Constable
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.
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    Bach: Magnificat; Vivaldi: Gloria / Hendricks, Marriner
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 08287 Release Date: 08/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  John Constable,  Uwe Heilmann,  Barbara Hendricks,  Christine Messiter  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus
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    Takemitsu: Riverrun, Rain Spell, Etc / Knussen
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 91180 Release Date: 08/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Toru Takemitsu
    Performer:  Sebastian Bell,  Helen Tunstall,  Joy Farrall,  Charles Fullbrook  ... 
    Conductor:  Oliver Knussen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
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    Handel: Concerto For Oboe, Etc / Holliger, Leppard, Eco
    Label: Philips Baroque Classics   Catalog: 426082 Release Date: 01/07/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Heinz Holliger,  John Constable,  Leslie Pearson,  Kenneth Heath  ... 
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Rossini: The Barber Of Seville / Levine, Sills, Gedda, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 93276 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Fedora Barbieri,  Joseph Galiano,  Beverly Sills,  Michael Rippon  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
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    Schoenberg: Suite, Wind Quintet / David Atherton
    Label: London/Decca Enterprise   Catalog: 433083 Release Date: 08/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Antony Pay,  Gervase de Peyer,  Roger Fallows,  Nona Liddell  ... 
    Conductor:  David Atherton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta members
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    Classic American Love Songs - Arlen, Gershwin, Weill, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559314 Release Date: 06/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harold Arlen,  George Gershwin,  Arthur Schwartz,  Kurt Weill
    Performer:  Carole Farley,  John Constable
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    Henze: Compasses, Violin Concerto, Apollo Et Hyazinthus
    Label: London/Decca Enterprise   Catalog: 430347 Release Date: 06/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Werner Henze
    Performer:  Hirofumi Fukai,  Brenton Langbein,  Anna Reynolds,  John Constable
    Conductor:  Hans Werner Henze
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
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    Gemini - Bach: Keyboard Concertos, Etc / Gavrilov, Marriner
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 81482 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov,  John Constable,  Leonore Smith,  Susan Milan
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Vivaldi: Sacred Music For Solo Voices & Orchestra Vol 1 / Negri
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 432088 Release Date: 04/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Raphael Alpermann,  John Constable,  Jochen Kowalski,  Margaret Marshall
    Conductor:  Vittorio Negri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Alwyn: Song Cycles- Invocations, A Leave Taking
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9220 Release Date: 04/04/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Alwyn
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Jill Gomez,  John Constable,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson
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    Most Relaxing Vivaldi Album In The World...ever!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 53354 Release Date: 03/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Monica Huggett,  Giovanni Scaramuzzino,  Sonia Maurer,  Franco Gulli  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Kraemer,  Fabio Biondi,  Renato Fasano,  Iona Brown  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Raglan Baroque Players,  Europa Galante,  I Virtuosi di Roma  ... 
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