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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  • 51.
    England My England - Music From Original Soundtrack
    Label: Voiceprint   Catalog: 1572 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  David Blackadder,  Michael Chance,  James Bowman,  Jennifer Smith  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 52.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 17 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 150 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Peter Harvey,  Ruth Holton,  James Gilchrist,  Sally Bruce-Payne  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 53.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 4 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 156 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Kuhnau
    Performer:  Katharine Fuge,  Richard Wyn Roberts,  Kobie van Rensburg,  Stephan Loges  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 54.
    Esprit - Melancolique
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5172 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Gabriel Fauré,  George Frideric Handel,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Laurent Korcia,  Grigory Sokolov,  Anne Gastinel,  Sandrine Piau
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini,  Christophe Rousset,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Laurence Equilbey  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques,  Il Giardino Armonico,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 55.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 20 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 153 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  James Gilchrist,  Stephan Loges,  Robin Tyson,  Angharad Gruffydd Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 56.
    Handel Gold - Bartoli, Fleming, Kozena, Terfel, Villazon, Te Kanawa, Sutherland, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001280102 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Rose,  Marc Minkowski,  Marcello Viotti,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan  ... 
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  • 57.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 5 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 147 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Brindley Sherratt,  Christoph Genz,  Daniel Taylor,  Robin Tyson  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 58.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 25 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 144 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Christoph Bach
    Performer:  Panito Iconomou,  Paul Agnew,  Stephan Loges
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 59.
    Handel: Tamerlano / Gardiner, Argenta, Findlay, Ragin, Et Al
    Label: Erato Libretto   Catalog: 45408 Release Date: 05/15/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Nancy Argenta,  René Schirrer,  Michael Chance,  Jane Findlay  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 60.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 27 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 138 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Peter Harvey,  Stephan Loges,  Nathalie Stutzmann,  Ruth Holton  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 61.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 3 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 141 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Joanne Lunn,  Kobie van Rensburg,  Peter Harvey,  William Towers  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 62.
    Al Fresco - Purcell: The Fairy Queen / John Eliot Gardiner
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 000992902 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Timothy Penrose,  Elisabeth Priday,  Ashley Stafford,  Stephen Varcoe  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 63.
    Handel: L'allegro, Il Penseroso Ed Il Moderato; Tamerlano; Ballet Music / Gardiner
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 4698383 Release Date: 10/22/2007   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Michael Ginn,  Maldwyn Davies,  Patrizia Kwella,  Martyn Hill  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 64.
    Handel: Water Music, Concerti Grossi Op. 3, Israel In Egypt, Semele / Gardiner
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4698385 Release Date: 10/22/2007   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Robert Lloyd,  Della Jones,  Patrizia Kwella,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Monteverdi Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 16 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 137 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  James Gilchrist,  Peter Harvey,  Katharine Fuge,  Daniel Taylor  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 66.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 6 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 134 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Katharine Fuge,  Gillian Keith,  Robin Tyson,  Nathalie Stutzmann  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 67.
    Campra: Requiem / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 4698480 Release Date: 08/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  André Campra
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 68.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 23 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 131 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Charles Daniels,  Stephen Varcoe,  Daniel Taylor,  Gillian Keith  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 69.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 22 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 128 Release Date: 04/10/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  James Gilchrist,  Daniel Taylor,  Gillian Keith,  Angharad Gruffydd Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 70.
    Grand Prix - Haydn: The Creation / Mcnair, Et Al
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 000817802 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Rodney Gilfry,  Sylvia McNair,  Donna Brown,  Michael Schade  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 71.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 15 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 127 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Joanne Lunn,  Robin Tyson,  William Towers,  James Gilchrist  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 72.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 7 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 124 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Malin Hartelius,  Peter Harvey,  Robin Tyson,  Richard Wyn Roberts  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 73.
    Handel: Solomon / Gardiner, Watkinson, Argenta, Hendricks
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000667002 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Carolyn Watkinson,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Nancy Argenta,  Barbara Hendricks  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 74.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 26 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 121 Release Date: 07/11/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Nathalie Stutzmann,  Derek Lee Ragin,  Christoph Genz,  Panito Iconomou  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 75.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 21 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 118 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Alex Holton,  Claudia Schubert,  Peter Harvey,  Nathalie Stutzmann  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clare College Choir,  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir  ... 
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