Barry Wordsworth

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Biography

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

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  • 1.
    Purple Classics Presents: Favorite Overtures
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578330-31 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Michael Halász,  Pinchas Steinberg,  Pier Giorgio Morandi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Zagreb Festival Orchestra,  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Purple Classics Presents: The Classical Music Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578336-37 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Liszt,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Hĺvard Gimse,  Jenö Jandó,  Lucy Van Dael
    Conductor:  Richard Edlinger,  Bjarte Engeset,  Alexander Rahbari,  Barry Wordsworth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 3.
    The Two Pigeons: Royal Ballet Gems
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1302 Release Date: 01/22/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  André Messager,  Franz Liszt
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Ballet Sinfonia
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  • 4.
    Elgar: Enigma Variations; Nursery Suite; Introduction & Allegro
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1285 Release Date: 10/16/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Barry Wordsworth
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    Rozsa: Cello Concerto; Sinfonia Concertante for Violin & Cello
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1274 Release Date: 10/16/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Miklós Rózsa
    Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch,  Philippe Graffin
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
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  • 6.
    Alice's Adventures In Wonderland - Royal Ballet [deluxe Edition]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1155 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joby Talbot
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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    Classics For The People Vol 2 / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94935 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Franz von Suppé,  John Philip Sousa,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Lucy Parham,  Deborah Norman,  Timothy Gill,  Roderick Elms
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Goldsmiths' Choral Union
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  • 8.
    Tchaikovsky: Complete Ballets / Royal Philharmonic [6-CD Set]
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94949 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Clio Gould,  Jessica Burroughs
    Conductor:  Nicolae Moldoveanu,  Barry Wordsworth,  David Maninov
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  • 9.
    Jewels Of Russian Ballet / Wordsworth, Ermler, Royal Opera
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1286 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Mark Ermler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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    British Piano Concertos
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 2345 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Malcolm Williamson,  Alun Hoddinott,  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Gerald Finzi  ... 
    Performer:  Malcolm Williamson,  Philip Fowke,  Malcolm Binns,  Peter Katin  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Dommett,  Barry Wordsworth,  Nicholas Braithwaite,  Vernon Handley  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 11.
    Yoon-Hee Kim Plays Khachaturian & Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Catalog: 46 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Yoon-Hee Kim
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
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  • 12.
    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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  • 13.
    My First Orchestra Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578253 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Larionoff
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop,  Gerard Schwarz,  Nicholas Ward,  Anthony Bramall  ... 
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  • 14.
    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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  • 19.
    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 T. Williams,  Fritz Kreisler,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy,  Janine Jansen,  Clifford Benson,  Shlomo Mintz  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Barry Wordsworth,  Charles Dutoit,  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roby Lakatos Ensemble
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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    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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    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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