Ivor Bolton

Biography

Born: Blackrod, Lancashire, England  
Like so many conductors today, Ivor Bolton has established a parallel career as a soloist, in his case as a harpsichordist. On the podium, he is better known in the opera house, particularly for his incisive interpretations of Baroque operas by Handel, Purcell, and others, as well as for his Mozart (Le nozze di Figaro; Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Bellini (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), and Rossini. His orchestral repertory, though also divulging Read more a bias for early music, extends into the Romantic and modern periods, encompassing works by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Franz Berwald, Bruckner, Malcolm Arnold, and James MacMillan. As a harpsichordist, Bolton has garnered acclaim particularly for his performances (and recording) of harpsichord concertos by J.S. Bach. Bolton has amassed a sizable discography spread over several labels, including DG, RCA, ASV, Teldec, Oehms, Farao Records, RPO (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), and others.

Ivor Bolton was born in Blackrod (Lancashire), England. He studied music at Cambridge University (Clare College) and at the Royal College of Music in London. After graduation he added a further year of study, this at the National Opera Studio, also in London. During that year he earned his first important post, conductor of the chamber choir Schola Cantorum of Oxford (University).

In 1982 Bolton began a long association with the Glyndebourne Festival, eventually becoming music director of the company's touring opera in 1992, for five seasons. In 1984 Bolton founded his own instrumental ensemble, the St. James Baroque Players. After more than 20 years under his leadership the group has grown in stature and produced a number of popular recordings, including the 1996 Charpentier Te Deum on Teldec.

Bolton served as music director for one season (1991-1992) with the English Touring Opera. During his five-year tenure at the Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Bolton made several important operatic debuts, including at the Bavarian State Opera (1994) and Covent Garden (1995). And he was busy in the strictly instrumental world, too, serving as principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (1994-1996).

In the new century Bolton has been just as active: since 2004 he has been conductor of the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, and has been busy at the major operatic venues, including the 2004 Salzburg Festival (with Anna Netrebko singing Giulietta in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi). Among Bolton's later recordings is the 2007 CD of Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera on Deutsche Grammophon. Read less
Dickinson: Mass Of The Apocalypse, Larkin's Jazz / Bolton, Finders, Friend
Release Date: 11/17/2009   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8572287   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $12.99
CD: $9.99
In Stock
MP3 Available
On sale!   $12.99   CD:  $9.99 Add CD to Cart

MP3:  $7.99 Add MP3 to Cart

Browse 1-25 of 74 Available Recordings
1 2 3
  • 1.
    Berlioz: Of Madness and Love
    Label: Solo Musica   Catalog: 8 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Soyoung Yoon,  Vesselina Kasarova
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basel Symphony Orchestra
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 2.
    Gluck: Alceste / Bolton,  Denoke, Galan, Groves, Oliemans
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3074978 Release Date: 03/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Angela Denoke,  Isaac Galan,  Paul Groves,  Thomas Oliemans  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real Orchestra,  Madrid Teatro Real Chorus
    DVD: $29.99
    In Stock
    DVD:  $29.99 Add DVD to Cart

  • 3.
    Gluck: Alceste / Bolton,  Denoke, Galan, Groves, Oliemans [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3074974 Release Date: 03/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Paul Groves,  Isaac Galan,  Angela Denoke,  Thomas Oliemans  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real Orchestra,  Madrid Teatro Real Chorus
    Blu-ray Video: $39.99
    In Stock
    Blu-ray Video:  $39.99 Add to Cart

  • 4.
    Handel: Ariodante / Murray, Robson, Garrett, Bolton [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108126 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Paul Nilon,  Christopher Robson,  Lesley Garrett,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English National Opera Orchestra,  English National Opera Chorus
    Blu-ray Video: $39.99
    In Stock
    Blu-ray Video:  $39.99 Add to Cart

  • 5.
    Handel: Ariodante / Murray, Robson, Garrett, Bolton, English National Opera
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100065 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Gwynne Howell,  Joan Rodgers,  Ann Murray,  Lesley Garrett  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English National Opera Orchestra,  English National Opera Chorus
    DVD: $29.99
    In Stock
    DVD:  $29.99 Add DVD to Cart

  • 6.
    Desperate Heroines - Mozart / Sandrine Piau
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5366 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sandrine Piau
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 7.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 1 / Bolton, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 436 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 8.
    Louis Spohr: The Last Judgement / Bolton,  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 438 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Spohr
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra,  Salzburg Bach Choir
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 9.
    Das Alte Werk - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 46438 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Tachezi,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Werner Ehrhardt,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Leonhardt Consort,  Studio for Early Music  ... 
    On sale! $299.98
    CD: $230.49
    In Stock
    On sale!   $299.98   CD:  $230.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 10.
    Von Winter:  Das Labyrinth  / Bolton, Salzburg Festival [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108076 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter von Winter
    Performer:  Regula Mühlemann,  Thomas Tatzl,  Christof Fischesser,  Malin Hartelius  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra,  Salzburg Bach Choir,  Salzburg Festival Children's Chorus
    Blu-ray Video: $39.99
    In Stock
    Blu-ray Video:  $39.99 Add to Cart

  • 11.
    Von Winter:  Das Labyrinth  / Bolton, Schade, Hartelius, Salzburg Festival
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101677 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter von Winter
    Performer:  Julia Novikova,  Regula Mühlemann,  Thomas Tatzl,  Christof Fischesser  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra,  Salzburg Bach Choir,  Salzburg Festival Children's Chorus
    Recommendation
    DVD: $39.99
    In Stock
    DVD:  $39.99 Add DVD to Cart

  • 12.
    Bach: Concertos For Solo Harpsichord / Ivor Bolton, St. James Baroque Players
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1309 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Ivor Bolton
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. James Baroque Players
    On sale! $18.98
    CD: $11.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $18.98   CD:  $11.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 13.
    Bach: Harpsichord Concertos / Bolton, St. James's Baroque Players
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1308 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Ivor Bolton
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. James Baroque Players
    On sale! $18.98
    CD: $11.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $18.98   CD:  $11.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 14.
    Handel: Deidamia /  Matthews, Cangemi, Pasichnyk, Bolton, Concerto Koln
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1088 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Andrew Foster-Williams,  Olga Pasichnyk,  Sally Matthews,  Veronica Cangemi  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne
    Recommendation
    DVD: $29.99
    In Stock
    DVD:  $29.99 Add DVD to Cart

  • 15.
    Haydn:
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 421 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 16.
    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108090 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Johannes Dengler,  Barbara Burgdorf,  Axel Wolf,  Jakob Friedrich Kleinknecht  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    CD: $44.49
    In Stock
    CD:  $44.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 17.
    Mozart Treasures
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2586 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leopold Mozart,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emile Naoumoff,  Michel Portal,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Paul Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Christopher Warren-Green,  John Nelson,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 18.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 4 / Bolton, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 407 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 19.
    Mozart: Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail / Bolton, Damrau, Peretyatko, Strehl
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 709108 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Norbert Ernst,  Olga Peretyatko,  Christoph Strehl,  Diana Damrau  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra,  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Chorus
    Recommendation
    DVD: $39.99
    In Stock
    DVD:  $39.99 Add DVD to Cart

  • 20.
    Mozart: Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail / Bolton, Damrau, Peretyatko, Strehl [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 709204 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Franz-Josef Selig,  Diana Damrau,  Christoph Strehl,  Olga Peretyatko  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra,  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Chorus
    Blu-ray Video: $39.99
    In Stock
    Blu-ray Video:  $39.99 Add to Cart

  • 21.
    The Legend Of Mozart
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 0709452 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Diana Damrau,  Natalie Dessay,  Véronique Gens,  José Van Dam  ... 
    Conductor:  Jérémie Rhorer,  Louis Langrée,  Ivor Bolton,  Riccardo Muti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris,  Sinfonia Varsovia,  Le Concert D'Astrée  ... 
    CD: $16.99
    Low Stock
    CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 22.
    The Rough Guide To Classical Composers: Mozart (With Bonus Cd: Mozart String Quintets)
    Label: Music Rough Guides   Catalog: 331243 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ernst Haefliger,  Peter Mikulas,  Joanna Borowsak,  Rohangiz Yachmi  ... 
    Conductor:  Michi Gaigg,  Barry Wordsworth,  Johannes Wildner,  Michael Halász  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players,  Netherlands Wind Ensemble
    CD: $14.99
    Low Stock
    CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 23.
    Mayr: Medea In Corinto / Bolton, Miles, Vargas, Michael, Bavarian State Opera
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101578 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Simone Mayr
    Performer:  Laura Nicorescu,  Francesco Petrozzi,  Kenneth Roberson,  Alek Schrader  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
    DVD: $39.99
    In Stock
    DVD:  $39.99 Add DVD to Cart

  • 24.
    Mayr: Medea In Corinto / Bolton, Miles, Vargas, Michael, Bavarian State Opera [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108030 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Simone Mayr
    Performer:  Ramón Vargas,  Alastair Miles,  Alek Schrader,  Elena Tsallagova  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
    Recommendation
    Blu-ray Video: $39.99
    In Stock
    Blu-ray Video:  $39.99 Add to Cart

  • 25.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 6 / Ivor Bolton, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 404 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozart Orchestra
    Recommendation
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

1 2 3

Biography

Born: Blackrod, Lancashire, England  
Like so many conductors today, Ivor Bolton has established a parallel career as a soloist, in his case as a harpsichordist. On the podium, he is better known in the opera house, particularly for his incisive interpretations of Baroque operas by Handel, Purcell, and others, as well as for his Mozart (Le nozze di Figaro; Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Bellini (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), and Rossini. His orchestral repertory, though also divulging Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Allegro vivace con impeto
Meditation: Largo misterioso, "Grands Pharaons"
Act I: Geme la tortorella
Act I: Geme la tortorella
Part I: Adoration and Admonition: Ouverture
Part I: Adoration and Admonition: Recitative: Preis und Ehre ihm, der da ist (Bass, Chorus)
Part I: Aria and Recitative: Steige herauf, ich will dir zeigen, was geschehen soll! (Bass, Tenor)
Part I: Adoration and Admonition: Aria: Heilig, heilig, heilig ist Gott der Herr (Tenor, Chorus)
Part I: Christ's Deed of Salvation: Und siehe, ein Lamm, das war verwundet (Soprano)
Part I: Christ's Deed of Salvation: Das Lamm, das erwurget ist, ist wurdig zu nehmen Kraft (Soprano, Chorus)
Part I: Christ's Deed of Salvation: Recitative: Und alle Kreatur, die im Himmel ist (Tenor)
Part I: Christ's Deed of Salvation: Und siehe, eine grosse Schar (Tenor, Soprano)
Part I: Christ's Deed of Salvation: Heil! Dem Erbarmer Heil! (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Part II: Sinfonia
Part II: Messengers of the Last Judgement: Arioso and Recitative: So spricht der Herr (Bass)
Part II: Messengers of the Last Judgement: Duet: Sei mir nicht schrecklich in der Not (Soprano, Tenor)
Part II: Messengers of the Last Judgement: So ihr mich von ganzem Herzen suchet (Chorus)
Part II: The Final Judgement on the Living and the Dead: Recitative: Die Stunde des Gerichts, sie ist gekommen (Tenor)
Part II: The Final Judgement on the Living and the Dead: Geffalen ist Baylon, die Grosse (Tenor, Chorus)
Part II: The Final Judgement on the Living and the Dead: Selig sind die Toten, die in dem Herren sterben (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Part II: The World's New World: Recitative: Sieh einen neuen Himmel und eine neue Erde (Soprano, Alto)
Part II: The World's New World: Recitative: Und siehe: Ich komme bald (Tenor, Soprano, Alto, Bass)
Part II: The World's New World: Gross und wunderbarlich sind deine Werke (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
I. Largo - Vivace
II. Adagio
III. Menuet - Trio: Allegro
IV. Finale: Presto
I. Adagio - Allegro con spirito - Adagio - Tempo I
II. Andante piu tosto allegretto
III. Menuet - Trio
IV. Finale: Allegro con spirito
I. Bewegt, nicht zu schnell
II. Andante quasi allegretto
III. Scherzo: Bewegt
IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
I. Maestoso
II. Adagio: sehr feierlich
III. Scherzo: Nicht schnell - Trio: Langsam
IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
I. Allegro moderato
II. Scherzo: Allegro moderato
III. Adagio
IV. Finale: Feierlich, nicht schnell
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio: Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam
III. Scherzo: Sehr schnell
IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht schnell
I. Molto allegro
II. Andante
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Allegro assai
I. Adagio - Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante cantabile
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Molto Allegro
I. Adagio - Allegro spiritoso
II. Poco adagio
III. Menuetto
IV. Presto
Der Fruhling (Spring): Introduction and Recitative: Seht, wie der strenge Winter (Simon, Lukas, Hanne)
Der Fruhling (Spring): Komm, holder Lenz! (Chorus)
Der Fruhling (Spring): Recitative: Vom Widder strahlet jetzt (Simon)
Der Fruhling (Spring): Aria: Schon eilet froh der Ackersmann (Simon)
Der Fruhling (Spring): Recitative: Der Landmann hat sein Werk vollbracht (Lukas)
Der Fruhling (Spring): Trio: Sei nun gnadig, milder Himmel! (Lukas, Simon, Hanne, Chorus)
Der Fruhling (Spring): Recitative: Erhort ist unser Flehn (Hanne)
Der Fruhling (Spring): Trio: Song of Joy: O wie lieblich ist der Anblick (Hanne, Lukas, Simon, Chorus)
Der Fruhling (Spring): Ewiger, machtiger, gutiger Gott! (Chorus, Hanne, Lukas, Simon)
Der Sommer (Summer): Recitative: In grauem Schleier ruckt heran (Lukas, Simon)
Der Sommer (Summer): Aria: Der munt're Hirt versammelt nun (Simon) - Recitative: Die Morgenrote bricht hervor (Hanne)
Der Sommer (Summer): Trio: Sie steigt herauf, die Sonne (Hanne, Lukas, Simon, Chorus)
Der Sommer (Summer): Recitative: Nun regt und bewegt sich alles umher (Simon)
Der Sommer (Summer): Recitative: Die Mittagssonne brennet jetzt (Lukas)
Der Sommer (Summer): Cavatina: Dem Druck' erlieget die Natur (Lukas)
Der Sommer (Summer): Recitative: Willkommen jetzt, o dunkler Hain (Hanne)
Der Sommer (Summer): Aria: Welche Labung fur die Sinne (Hanne)
Der Sommer (Summer): Recitative: O seht, es steiget in der schwulen Luft (Simon, Lukas, Hanne)
Der Sommer (Summer): Ach! das Ungewitter naht (Chorus)
Der Sommer (Summer): Trio: Die dustren Wolken trennen sich (Lukas, Hanne, Simon, Chorus)
Der Winter (Winter): Recitative: Vom durren Osten dringt (Simon)
Der Winter (Winter): Aria: Erblicke hier, betorter Mensch (Simon)
Der Winter (Winter): Recitative: Die bleibt allein (Simon)
Der Winter (Winter): Trio and Double Chorus: Dann bricht der grosse Morgen an (Simon, Lukas, Hanne, Chorus)