English Baroque Soloists

Biography

Active: 1978 - ; England
Although the English Baroque Soloists was officially established as a chamber ensemble of period instruments in 1978, the group actually gave its first concert at the 1977 Innsbruck Festival of Early Music in a performance of Handel's Acis and Galatea. Founded by John Eliot Gardiner, the group regularly performs throughout England and Europe. It has given a number of concerts in two London halls, the Barbican and St. John's Smith Square. The Read more English Baroque Soloists drew many of their original members from another group Gardiner had founded (in 1968), the Monteverdi Orchestra.

Shortly after their founding, it was Bach and Handel who were largely the focus of the EBS. However, the EBS became closely associated with Mozart's music, mainly because of its numerous, generally highly acclaimed recordings of his works. In 1984, Gardiner and the EBS launched a series for the label Archiv Produktion devoted to Mozart's concertos for piano and orchestra with soloist Malcolm Bilson (using a fortepiano) and the first such cycle using period instruments. Two years later, with the concerto series ongoing, they launched another Mozart project, this one to cover the mature symphonies for Philips. In summer 1990, the EBS debuted at the Salzburg Festival, giving three concerts, all to critical acclaim. The group has since returned numerous times and has also subsequently toured Vienna and Innsbruck. With the release in 1990 of Piano Concerto No. 24 (K. 491) and No. 27 (K. 595), the piano concerto series was completed, but the EBS and Gardiner immediately set to work recording the seven mature operas of Mozart for Archiv Produktion. The first release in this cycle, Idomeneo, won Gramophone's Best Opera Award in 1991. In that same year. Gardiner, the EBS, and the Monteverdi Choir appeared in a live BBC television broadcast of Mozart's Requiem performed at the Palau de la Música Catalana. The last issue in the Gardiner/EBS Mozart operas series, Die Zauberflöte, was released in 1996, after which they turned to the music of Bach.

In the late 1990s, a new series of recordings began with the release in 2000 of Bach's Cantatas No. 6 "Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend" (BWV 6) and No. 66, "Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen" (BWV 66). Along with the Monteverdi Choir, Gardiner and the EBS performed the entire cycle of 198 Bach cantatas throughout various European churches in 2000. But the EBS was hardly focusing on only Mozart or Bach in the 1990s: its performance at Covent Garden in 1995 of Haydn's Die Schöpfung (The Creation) was enthusiastically received and led to a successful 1997 recording on Archiv Produktion. Also in 1995, the EBS and the Monteverdi Choir performed the music for the film England, My England, a highly acclaimed movie directed by Tony Palmer, about English composer Henry Purcell. That same year, Gardiner, the EBS, and Monteverdi Choir issued a multi-disc set on the label Erato devoted to Purcell's music.

The touring schedule of the EBS has been one of the busiest of any orchestra's. In 2002, for example, it included performances of Weber's Oberon in Paris and London; of sixteenth and seventeenth century church music in numerous cities throughout the U.K.; Bach cantatas in Utrecht, Köthen, and Wiesbaden; and numerous other performances in Brussels, Zurich, Baden-Baden, Vienna, Turin, and Athens. By 2002, the EBS appeared on about 70 recordings, making it one of the most heavily recorded orchestras over the years since its founding. Read less
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  • 1.
    Handel: The Great Oratorios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002522302 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 41
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Ian Partridge,  Emma Kirkby,  Patrizia Kwella,  Carolyn Watkinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Trevor Pinnock,  Harry Christophers  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  English Baroque Soloists,  Westminster Cathedral Boys Choir  ... 
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    Archiv Produktion: Analogue Stereo Recordings (1959-1981)
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 002490502 Release Date: 05/20/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Pierre Vachon,  Nicolas-Marie Dalayrac,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Stader,  Hedwig Bilgram,  Hertha Töpper,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter,  August Wenzinger,  Karl Ristenpart,  Robert Stehli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir,  Loewenguth String Quartet  ... 
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    Aria: Bach's Most Beautiful Arias
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002489302 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Christine Schäfer,  Magdalena Kozená,  Thomas Quasthoff,  Renée Fleming  ... 
    Conductor:  Sebastian Weigle,  Andreas Delfs,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Lars Ulrik Mortensen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  Staatskapelle Dresden,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Rameau: Dardanus Orchestral Suite / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 555258 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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    Pepusch: The Beggar's Opera / Daltrey, Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109220 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christoph Pepusch
    Performer:  Patricia Routledge,  Roger Daltrey,  Stratford Johns,  Carol Hall  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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    Pepusch: The Beggar's Opera / Daltrey, Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists [Blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109221 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christoph Pepusch
    Performer:  Carol Hall,  Stratford Johns,  Roger Daltrey,  Patricia Routledge  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 7.
    Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 554478 Release Date: 03/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Stephen Varcoe,  Patrizia Kwella,  Marie McLaughlin,  Maldwyn Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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    Purcell: England, My England - Monteverdi: Balli, e balletti / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 554474 Release Date: 03/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  David Blackadder,  Michael Chance,  James Bowman,  Lynne Dawson  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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    Monteverdi: Vespers of the Blessed Virgin 1610 / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir
    Label: Alpha (Dvd)   Catalog: 705 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 10.
    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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  • 11.
    Bach Adagio [2015]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002415902 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ferruccio Busoni
    Performer:  János Starker,  András Schiff,  Janine Jansen,  Albrecht Mayer  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Ottavio Dantone,  Riccardo Chailly,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  English Concert,  Academia Bizantina  ... 
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  • 12.
    Bach: Mass in B Minor / Gardiner
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 722 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 13.
    Haydn: Complete Masses, Stabat Mater
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002260302 Release Date: 02/03/2015   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Alfreda Hodgson,  Arleen Augér,  Gwynne Howell  ... 
    Conductor:  Laszlo Heltay,  Simon Preston,  John Eliot Gardiner,  George Guest
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Argo Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of Ancient Music,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir  ... 
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    Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Gardiner
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 45098 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel,  Christoph Genz,  Bernarda Fink,  Claron McFadden
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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    Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Gardiner, Mcfadden, Fink, Genz [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 45094 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel,  Christoph Genz,  Bernarda Fink,  Claron McFadden
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 16.
    Rameau - The Opera Collection
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 636487 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 27
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Performer:  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson,  Anna Maria Panzarella,  Mark Padmore,  Eirian James  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie,  Jean-François Paillard,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  A Coeur Joie Vocal Ensemble,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    Bach: Easter Oratorio / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 719 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Peter Harvey,  Hannah Morrison,  Meg Bragle,  Nicholas Mulroy
    Conductor:  John E. Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 18.
    Bach Masterworks - The Original Jackets Collection
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001929902 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hertha Töpper,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Maria Stader,  Ernst Haefliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Rainer Kussmaul,  Reinhard Goebel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 19.
    Erato - 50 CD Collection
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 46441 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Pierre Pierlot,  Paul Hongne,  Jacques Chambon  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Frigyes Sándor,  Kent Nagano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Soloists  ... 
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  • 20.
    Bach: Christmas Oratorio - Arias & Choruses / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001933402 Release Date: 11/05/2013  
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Katie Pringle,  Nancy Argenta,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Olaf Bär  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 21.
    Bach: Cantatas / John Eliot Gardiner
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 186 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann Kuhnau,  Heinrich Schütz
    Performer:  Wilke te Brummelstroete,  David Henschel,  Joanne Lunn,  Paul Agnew  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir  ... 
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  • 22.
    Discover... Bach
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001909902 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Simon Preston,  Mischa Maisky,  Trevor Pinnock,  Simon Standage  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  John E. Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 23.
    Discover... Mozart
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001910002 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin,  David Jolley,  Gerald Finley,  Christoph Eschenbach  ... 
    Conductor:  John E. Gardiner,  Claudio Abbado,  Karl Böhm,  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  English Concert
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  • 24.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 28 / Gardiner,  English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 185 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Meg Bragle,  Lenneke Ruiten,  Andrew Tortise,  Dietrich Henschel
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 25.
    The John Eliot Gardiner Collection
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001826002 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Henry Purcell,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Marinella Pennicchi,  Michael Chance,  Mark Tucker,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts  ... 
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