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.
    Henryk Gorecki: A Nonesuch Retrospective
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 550588 Release Date: 01/22/2016   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
    Performer:  Christopher Van Kampen,  Michael Collins,  John Constable,  Dawn Upshaw  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrey Boreyko,  David Zinman,  John Nelson,  Lucy Ding  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Kronos Quartet,  London Sinfonietta members  ... 
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    Stravinsky Complete Edition [30-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002398272 Release Date: 10/23/2015   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Ian Caley,  Phyllis Bryn-Julson,  John Tomlinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Riccardo Chailly,  Claudio Abbado,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 3.
    Pierre Boulez: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 301333 Release Date: 11/24/2014   Number of Discs: 67
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Alexander Scriabin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alban Berg  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Dönch,  Isabel Strauss,  Walter Berry,  Fritz Uhl  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Anton Webern
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Camerata Singers,  Schola Cantorum New York  ... 
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    Pierre Boulez Conducts Schoenberg
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 42957 Release Date: 01/01/2014   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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  • 5.
    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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    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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  • 7.
    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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  • 9.
    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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    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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  • 12.
    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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  • 13.
    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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    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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    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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    The Mozart Collection - Vesperes Solemnes De Confessore, Etc
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000574202 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ryland Davies,  John Constable,  Gwynne Howell,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 19.
    English Song / Langridge, Lott, Keenleyside, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557559-60 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Lennox Berkeley,  Sir William Walton,  Peter Warlock  ... 
    Performer:  Steuart Bedford,  Della Jones,  Philip Langridge,  Felicity Lott  ... 
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  • 20.
    Ernesto Lecuona: Songs / Carole Farley
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1374 Release Date: 07/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernesto Lecuona
    Performer:  Carole Farley,  John Constable
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  • 21.
    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos No 5-6, Orchestral Suite No 1 / Marriner, ASMF
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 85795 Release Date: 07/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Celia Nicklin,  Denis Vigay,  Barry Davis,  Graham Sheen  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 22.
    The British Music Collection - Sullivan: Lost Chord, Etc
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468810 Release Date: 03/09/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Sullivan
    Performer:  Stuart Burrows,  Martin Neary,  John Constable,  Felicity Palmer
    Conductor:  Royston Nash,  Frederick Fennell,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Eric Rogers  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra,  D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Label: Cello Classics   Catalog: 11010 Release Date: 03/01/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Benjamin Godard,  Frederick Delius  ... 
    Performer:  Douglas Cameron,  Ethel Bartlett,  Sir John Barbirolli,  W.H. Squire  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Eric Fenby,  Constant Lambert,  Christopher Finzi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Newbury String Players
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  • 24.
    Knussen: Horn Concerto, Whitman Settings, Etc
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 474322 Release Date: 11/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Oliver Knussen
    Performer:  Lucy Shelton,  Barry Tuckwell,  Paul Silverthorne,  Christopher Van Kampen  ... 
    Conductor:  Oliver Knussen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
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  • 25.
    Joshua Bell - Romance Of The Violin
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 87894 Release Date: 10/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Robert Schumann,  Jules Massenet,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Jacob Heringman,  John Constable,  Joshua Bell,  Stephen Orton  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Stern
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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