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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  • 76.
    Gluck: Don Juan / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 389233 Release Date: 04/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 77.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 19 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 115 Release Date: 04/11/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Katherine Fuge,  Julian Podger,  Joanne Lunn,  Richard Roberts  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 78.
    Bach: Cantatas No 4 & 131 / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 749574 Release Date: 04/04/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  William Kendall,  Sophia McKenna,  Stephen Varcoe
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 79.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 14 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 113 Release Date: 12/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  James Gilchrist,  Katherine Fuge,  Robin Tyson,  Peter Harvey  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 80.
    Bach: Alles Mit Gott, Etc / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 114 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  David Miller,  Alison Bury,  Elin Manahan Thomas,  Kati Debretzeni  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 81.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 10 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 110 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  William Towers,  James Gilchrist,  Peter Harvey,  Joanne Lunn
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 82.
    The Baroque Christmas Album
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 000527102 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Heinrich Schütz  ... 
    Performer:  Mirella Giardelli,  Timothy Roberts
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Trevor Pinnock,  Paul McCreesh,  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  English Concert  ... 
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  • 83.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 24 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 107 Release Date: 07/12/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  William Towers,  Mark Padmore,  Julian Clarkson,  Brigitte Geller  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 84.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 1 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 101 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  David Henschel,  Joanne Lunn,  Wilke te Brummelstroete,  Paul Agnew  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 85.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 8 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 104 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Mark Padmore,  Robin Tyson,  Katherine Fuge,  Thomas Guthrie  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 86.
    Collectors Edition - Bach: Christmas Oratorio, Etc
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 000345102 Release Date: 11/09/2004   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Ruth Holton,  Nancy Argenta,  Rufus Müller,  Andrew Murgatroyd  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  London Oratory Junior Choir
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  • 87.
    The #1 Mozart Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000063902 Release Date: 07/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Willard White,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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  • 88.
    Handel: Concerti Grossi Op 3 / Gardiner, English Baroque
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 48682 Release Date: 02/18/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 89.
    Handel: Messiah / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 434297 Release Date: 01/14/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Saul Quirke,  Charles Brett,  Richard Hale,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 90.
    The #1 Bach Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472758 Release Date: 01/14/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel
    Performer:  Trevor Pinnock,  Wolfgang Rübsam,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  János Starker  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  Karl Richter,  Barry Rose,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir  ... 
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  • 91.
    Mozart: Cosě Fan Tutte / Gardiner, Roocroft, Mannion, Trost
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 073026 Release Date: 10/29/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rosa Mannion,  Amanda Roocroft,  Rainer Trost,  Eirian James  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 92.
    Leclair: Scylla Et Glaucus / Gardiner, Brown, Yakar, Crook
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 75339 Release Date: 08/05/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jean-Marie Leclair
    Performer:  Elisabeth Vidal,  Catherine Dubosc,  Françoise Golfier,  René Schirrer  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 93.
    Mozart: Le Nozze de Figaro / Gardiner, Terfel, Gilfry, Hagley
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 073018 Release Date: 11/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Bryn Terfel,  Francis Egerton,  Rodney Gilfry  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 94.
    Vivaldi: Gloria;  Handel: Dixit Dominus / Gardiner, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462597 Release Date: 11/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Gillian Ross,  Julian Clarkson,  Robert Burt,  Angela Kazimierczuk  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 95.
    Philips 50 - Handel: Water Music, Etc / Gardiner, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 464706 Release Date: 07/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 96.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos / Bilson, Gardiner, English Baroque
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 463111 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Malcolm Bilson,  Robert Levin,  Melvyn Tan
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 97.
    Bach: 27th Sunday After Trinity, Etc / Gardiner, Et Al
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 463587 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Michael Chance,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Stephen Varcoe,  Ruth Holton
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 98.
    Bach: Whitsun Cantatas / Gardiner, English Baroque, Et Al
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 463584 Release Date: 07/18/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Christopher Foster,  Steve Davislim,  Bernarda Fink,  Robin Blaze  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 99.
    Bach: Cantatas Bwv 106, 118b, 198 / Gardiner, Et Al
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 463581 Release Date: 04/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Stephen Varcoe,  Michael Chance,  Nancy Argenta
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 100.
    Mozart For Monday Mornings
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462433 Release Date: 04/14/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida,  Arthur Grumiaux,  Walter Klien
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jeffrey Tate,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Quartetto Italiano,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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