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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  • 101.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Gilfry, Orgonasova, Gardiner
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 445870 Release Date: 07/18/1995   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Julian Clarkson,  Charlotte Margiono,  Ildebrando D'Arcangelo,  Christoph Prégardien  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 102.
    Mozart For Your Mind
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446377 Release Date: 01/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Stephen Kovacevich,  Alfred Brendel,  Mitsuko Uchida,  Ingrid Haebler  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Colin Davis,  Jeffrey Tate,  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Quartetto Italiano  ... 
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  • 103.
    Bach: Cantatas Bwv 4 & 131 / John Eliot Gardiner
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 45988 Release Date: 05/11/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 104.
    Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail / John Eliot Gardiner
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 435857 Release Date: 04/13/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Stanford Olsen,  Luba Orgonasova,  Cyndia Sieden,  Uwe Peper  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 105.
    Handel: Dixit Dominus, Etc / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 45136 Release Date: 09/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  John Angelo Messana,  David Wilson-Johnson,  Richard Morton,  Felicity Palmer  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 106.
    Bach: St Matthew Passion - Arias & Choruses / Gardiner
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 429773 Release Date: 02/08/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Olaf Bär,  Howard Crook,  Barbara Bonney,  Anne Sofie von Otter  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 107.
    Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 423232 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Nancy Argenta,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Olaf Bär  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 108.
    Bach: St John Passion / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 419324 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Gillian Ross,  Rufus Müller,  Nicholas Robertson,  Andrew Murgatroyd  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 109.
    Monteverdi: L'Orfeo / Gardiner, Rolfe-Johnson, Baird
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 419250 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Nancy Argenta,  Mary Nichols,  John Tomlinson  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists,  His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts
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  • 110.
    Mozart: Great Mass In C Minor / Gardiner, Mcnair, Montague
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420210 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Cornelius Hauptmann,  Sylvia McNair,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Diana Montague
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 111.
    Mozart: Requiem, Kyrie / Gardiner, Bonney, Von Otter
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420197 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Barbara Bonney
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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