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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  • 51.
    Vivaldi: The Great Choral Masterpieces / Negri, Et Al
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 462170 Release Date: 06/09/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Robert Holl,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Ann Murray,  Margaret Marshall  ... 
    Conductor:  Vittorio Negri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
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    Of Challenge & Of Love - Stravinsky, Carter / Lucy Shelton
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7425 Release Date: 11/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Elliott Carter
    Performer:  John Constable,  Lucy Shelton
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  • 53.
    Berlioz: Complete Orchestral Works / Sir Colin Davis
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456143 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Renata Scheffel-Stein,  Roy Jowitt,  John Constable,  José Carreras  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Edo De Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    The English Patient - Original Soundtrack
    Label: Fantasy   Catalog: 16001 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Yared
    Performer:  Márta Sebestyén,  John Constable
    Conductor:  Harry Rabinowitz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 56.
    Robert Hall Lewis
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80444 Release Date: 04/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Hall Lewis
    Performer:  John Constable
    Conductor:  Robert Hall Lewis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta Voices,  Philharmonia Chamber Artists
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  • 57.
    Handel & Bach: Sacred Arias / Jochen Kowalski, Marriner
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 10532 Release Date: 07/12/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  John Constable,  Jochen Kowalski,  Stephen Orton,  Kenneth Sillito  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 58.
    Christopher Parkening Plays Vivaldi & Warlock / Iona Brown
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55052 Release Date: 03/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Peter Warlock
    Performer:  Christopher Parkening,  John Constable,  Lionel Handy,  Iona Brown
    Conductor:  Iona Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Janácek: From The House Of The Dead / Mackerras
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430375 Release Date: 09/12/1991   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Wendy Phillips,  Robin McGee,  Sebastian Bell,  John Constable  ... 
    Conductor:  David Atherton,  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta members,  London Sinfonietta Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 60.
    Schoenberg: Choral Music / Pierre Boulez, BBC Singers
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 44571 Release Date: 10/10/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Günter Reich,  John Shirley-Quirk,  John Constable,  Christopher Van Kampen  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Singers,  BBC Symphony Chorus,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Britten: Lachrymae; Hindemith, Shostakovich: Viola Sonatas / Silverthorne, Constable
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7270 Release Date: 02/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Benjamin Britten,  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Paul Silverthorne,  John Constable
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