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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    Handel: Semele / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 733 Release Date: 10/02/2020   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Angela Hicks,  Emily Owen,  Gianluca Buratto,  Hugo Hymas  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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    Bach: Motets & Cantatas  / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 585935 Release Date: 09/18/2020   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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    Scarlatti: Stabat Mater - Campra: Requiem / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 532060 Release Date: 07/31/2020   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  André Campra,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Pier Francesco Cavalli,  Carlo Gesualdo  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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    Bach: Violin Concertos / Debretzeni, Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 732 Release Date: 11/15/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Kati Debretzeni
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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    Love Is Come Again / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 731 Release Date: 04/05/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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    Bach 333: The Complete Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002900400 Release Date: 10/26/2018   Number of Discs: 223
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Gerd Türk,  Monika Frimmer,  Robin Blaze,  Reinhard Hagen  ... 
    Conductor:  Joshua Rifkin,  Ton Koopman,  Masaaki Suzuki,  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra  ... 
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    Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 730 Release Date: 10/26/2018   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Francisco Fernandez Rueda,  Anna Dennis,  Gareth Treseder,  Furio Zanasi  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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    Purcell: King Arthur / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 566682 Release Date: 01/26/2018   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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    Bach: Magnificat in E-Flat Major & Missa in F Major / Gardiner
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 728 Release Date: 10/13/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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    Baroque Gold: 100 Great Tracks
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4832158 Release Date: 06/30/2017   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel North,  Christopher Hirons,  Christophe Rousset,  Ottavio Dantone  ... 
    Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel,  Philip Pickett,  Christopher Hogwood,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  New London Consort,  Academy of Ancient Music  ... 
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    Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists [2 CDs + 1 DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797176 Release Date: 04/14/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Ann Monoyios,  Alastair Miles,  Mark Tucker,  Ian Watson  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  London Oratory Junior Choir
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    The Beauty of Monteverdi
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4797193 Release Date: 04/14/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  David Miller,  Sandro Naglia,  Mark Tucker,  Nigel Robson  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Andrea Marcon,  Anthony Rooley,  Paul McCreesh  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts,  Monteverdi Choir  ... 
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    Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 725 Release Date: 03/10/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  James Gilchrist,  Stephan Loges
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Trinity Boys Choir
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    Aria: Bach's Most Beautiful Arias
    Label: 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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    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 Productions   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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    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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    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
    Performer:  Nick Pritchard,  Peter Davoren,  Kate Symonds-Joy,  Hannah Morrison  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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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  • 24.
    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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    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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