Barry Wordsworth

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Country: England  
Barry Wordsworth is a leading British conductor, strongly associated with ballet. His first involvement in a ballet production was with the Royal Ballet, when he played the harpsichord in Frank Martin's Harpsichord Concerto. Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan used this performance as the basis for his ballet Las Hermanas.

In 1973 Wordsworth became assistant conductor to the Royal Ballet's touring orchestra and, in 1974, principal conductor of Read more the Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet. He branched out from his steady job with the Royal Ballet in 1987 to perform orchestral repertoire, while retaining a position as an official guest conductor of the company. He conducted the major British orchestras such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, the Ulster Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

He has also conducted abroad, mostly in the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Canada. He is the principal conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra. His is also music director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

He also holds a position as a regular guest conductor of the New Queen's Hall Orchestra, which is a revival, after decades, of what was London's primary orchestra in the late nineteenth century before the founding of the London Symphony Orchestra. This ensemble is an "authentic instruments" late Romantic orchestra, using the instruments and set-ups of orchestras from the time of Brahms, Elgar, Strauss, and Mahler, recognizing the significant differences between the orchestras of that period and those of today's late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century orchestras.

Wordsworth records for the HNH records group, on both their main labels, Marco Polo and Naxos. Read less

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Wordsworth, Royal PO
Release Date: 09/08/2009   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28030   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin, Ravel, Debussy / O'Riley, Wordsworth, Royal PO
Release Date: 08/11/2009   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28050   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Consecration Of The House Overture, Symphony No 4, Wellington's Victory / Wordsworth
Release Date: 08/10/2010   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28990   Number of Discs: 1
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Elgar, Delius, Warlock / Wordsworth, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 07/12/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28820   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Symphonies 1 & 7 / Wordsworth, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 01/11/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28380   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Tchaikovsky Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94650 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Derek Hammond-Stroud,  Janis Kelly,  Nikolai Vassiliev,  Alexander Arkhipov  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Fedoseyev,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Yuri Simonov,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 2.
    A Musical Journey: Oxford, England
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110343 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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    My First Orchestra Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578253 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Johannes Brahms,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Larionoff
    Conductor:  James Judd,  Marin Alsop,  Gerard Schwarz,  Nicholas Ward  ... 
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    Mozart: Complete Symphonies / Barry Wordsworth, 	Nicholas Ward [11-CD Set]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501109 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Nicholas Ward,  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana
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    Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet / Royal Ballet
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1100 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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    Prokofiev: Romeo And Juliet / Cuthbertson, Bonelli, Royal Ballet [blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7116 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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    The Complete Beethoven: Symphonies; Concertos; Overtures [12-CD Set]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501204 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar,  Claire Rutter,  Matilde Wallevik,  Marta Fontanals-Simmons  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Drahos,  Barry Wordsworth,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Kenneth Jean
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    Bizet: Symphony In C Major, Etc / Fruhbeck De Burgos, Et Al
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1191 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Dirk Joeres,  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  West German Sinfonia
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  • 9.
    Classical Album 2013
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 1206561 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  André Rieu,  Paul Mealor,  Francesco Sartori,  Ennio Morricone  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu,  Katherine Jenkins,  Russell Watson,  Milos Karadaglic  ... 
    Conductor:  Gareth Malone,  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Escala
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  • 10.
    Ballet For Children / The Royal Ballet
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1096 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Joby Talbot,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Prokofiev,  John Lanchbery
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Koen Kessels,  Paul Murphy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
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    Violin Encores
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001742802 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  John Williams,  Fritz Kreisler,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy,  Janine Jansen,  Shlomo Mintz,  Clifford Benson  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Barry Wordsworth,  Charles Dutoit,  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roby Lakatos Ensemble
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  • 12.
    Barry Wordsworth Conducts Elgar
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Catalog: 35 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Classical 2012
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001675702 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Georges Bizet,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Francesco Cilča  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Andrea Bocelli,  Anna Netrebko,  Jonas Kaufmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung,  Antonio Pappano,  Marco Armiliato,  Daniele Callegari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fagiolini
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  • 14.
    Great Classical Symphonies
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501060 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Manfred Fink,  Hasmik Papian,  Ruxandra Donose,  Claudio Otelli
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Béla Drahos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia,  Nicolaus Esterházy Chorus
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    Great Piano Concertos
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501056 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Stefan Vladar,  Idil Biret,  Eldar Nebolsin  ... 
    Conductor:  András Ligeti,  Mátyás Antal,  Barry Wordsworth,  Antoni Wit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus,  Capella Istropolitana,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 16.
    Dance Along
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55479 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Katia Labčque,  Marielle Labčque
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Herbert von Karajan,  Riccardo Muti  ... 
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  • 17.
    Ashton: Les Patineurs, Divertissements, Scenes De Ballet / Royal Opera House Ballet
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1064 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Paul Murphy,  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 18.
    I Love Ballet
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 0842152 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Louis Ferdinand Herold,  Aram Khachaturian,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Arthur Sullivan  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Yuri Temirkanov,  André Previn,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    My First Beethoven Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578206 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Takako Nishizaki,  Stefan Vladar,  Gyorgy Eder  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Drahos,  Ondrej Lenárd,  Barry Wordsworth,  Kenneth Jean  ... 
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    My First Mozart Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578204 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hana Mullerova,  Jirí Válek,  Jénö Jandó,  Ladislav Kyselak  ... 
    Conductor:  Pier G. Morandi,  Barry Wordsworth,  Petter Sundkvist,  Richard Edlinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus,  German Wind Soloists
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  • 21.
    The Rough Guide To Classical Composers: Beethoven (With Bonus Cd: Beethoven's Mass In C Major)
    Label: Music Rough Guides   Catalog: 331242 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  John Lill,  Edith Lienbacher,  Herwig Pecoraro,  Inga Nielson  ... 
    Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel,  Roger Norrington,  Michael Halász,  Barry Wordsworth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gaudier Ensemble
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    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,  Joanna Borowsak,  Rohangiz Yachmi,  Peter Mikulas  ... 
    Conductor:  Michi Gaigg,  Barry Wordsworth,  Johannes Wildner,  Michael Halász  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players,  Nederlands Blazers Ensemble
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  • 23.
    Alice's Adventures In Wonderland - Royal Ballet / Talbot, Wheeldon
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1056 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joby Talbot
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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    Talbot: Alice's Adventures In Wonderland / Royal Ballet [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7090 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joby Talbot
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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    Label: Decca   Catalog: 945669 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Aram Khachaturian,  Benjamin Britten,  Henry J. Wood  ... 
    Performer:  Della Jones,  Myleene Klass,  Nadia Cole,  Werner Haas
    Conductor:  Frans Brüggen,  Aram Khachaturian,  Benjamin Britten,  Barry Wordsworth  ... 
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