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London Baroque

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Active: 1978 - ; London, England
London Baroque is one of the more highly respected and widely admired ensembles devoted to the performance of Baroque chamber music. The group's broad repertory has included familiar as well as virtually unknown works from the period inclusive of the late sixteenth to the mid eighteenth centuries. London Baroque consists of four players -- two violinists, a cellist, and keyboardist -- but is sometimes augmented by additional instrumentalists or Read more vocalists. The ensemble has made a number of recordings, all for two well-known European labels, Harmonia Mundi and BIS. It has also appeared regularly on television and radio throughout Europe.

London Baroque was founded in 1978 by the group's Austrian-born first violinist Ingrid Seifert and its cellist Charles Medlam. The ensemble's original keyboard player, John Toll, is also credited as being a co-founder at the 1978 official inception, though he actually joined after initial organizational actions were taken by the other two. Toll (who died in 2001) left the group in 1995 and was replaced by Terence Charlston. Violinist Richard Gwilt, the other member, joined London Baroque in 1984. In concerts and on recordings where the ensemble employs additional vocal or instrumental forces, Charles Medlam is usually designated as the group's director.

In its first 10 years London Baroque gave 528 concerts and thereafter generally carried a schedule of 50 or so concerts a year, a good portion of them spread across Europe, Asia, and the U.S., as well as more exotic locations. The group drew attention quickly in its early years, both in the U.K. and internationally. In the 1980s and 1990s it made 20 recordings for the Harmonia Mundi label, including the two-CD set of Purcell's Trio Sonatas, Marais' La Gamme (a collection of instrumental works), and two CDs of trio sonatas by Handel and J.S. Bach. In general, the recordings were critically well-received and popular with the public.

In 2000 London Baroque signed with BIS Records and its first recording, a two-disc set of trio sonatas and other instrumental works by Vivaldi, was issued in August that year. By 2005 the group had made 10 recordings for BIS, among the most recent, French seventeenth century Trio Sonatas, a disc that includes works by Lully, François and Louis Couperin, Marais, and others. Read less
Pachelbel: Canon & Gigue, Chamber Works / London Baroque
Release Date: 07/11/2006   Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord  
Catalog: 1951539   Number of Discs: 1
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Purcell: Chamber Music / London Baroque
Release Date: 03/10/2009   Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord  
Catalog: 1951327   Number of Discs: 1
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The Art Of The Baroque Trumpet Vol 3 / Eklund, Rydén, Et Al
Release Date: 01/01/1998   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8553735   Number of Discs: 1
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Baroque - A Baroque Celebration - Pachelbel, Bach, Et Al
Release Date: 10/17/2000   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1135   Number of Discs: 1
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Mozart: Chamber Sonatas / Charles Medlam, London Baroque
Release Date: 04/08/2008   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 501137   Number of Discs: 1
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    The Trio Sonata In 18th-century Germany / London Baroque
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1995 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Gottlieb Goldberg,  Johann Friedrich Fasch,  J. C. F. Bach,  Johann Gottlieb Graun  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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    The Trio Sonata In 18th-century Italy / London Baroque
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2015 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Francesco Antonio Bonporti,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Nicolo Porpora  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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    The Trio Sonata In 17th-century Italy / London Baroque
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1795 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Paolo Cima,  Francesco Turini,  Giovanni Buonamente,  Dario Castello  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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    Trio Sonata In 18th Century France
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1855 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Dollé,  Jean-Marie Leclair,  Jean-Pierre Guignon,  Joseph Bodin de Boismortier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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    Handel: Nine German Arias / Emma Kirkby, London Baroque
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 44938 Release Date: 06/19/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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    C. P. E. Bach: Trio Sonatas / Charles Medlam, London Baroque
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1951511 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Ingrid Seifert,  Charles Medlam,  Richard Gwilt,  Richard Egarr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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    Lumieres - Music Of The Enlightenment [30-CD Set]
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908601 Release Date: 10/01/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Kobie van Rensburg,  Véronique Gens,  Patrizia Ciofi,  Marie McLaughlin  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  William Christie,  Daniel Reuss,  Philippe Herreweghe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Cologne Collegium Vocale,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus  ... 
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    Monteclair: Cantates A Voix Seule / Emma Kirkby, London Baroque
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1865 Release Date: 08/23/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michel Monteclair
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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    A Golden Treasury Of Georgian Music
    Label: Amon Ra   Catalog: 66 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne,  John Stanley,  James Hook,  Karl Friedrich Abel  ... 
    Performer:  Lucie Skeaping,  John Potter,  John Toll,  Richard Wistreich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Broadside Band,  London Baroque,  The City Waites
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    English Music Of The 18th Century / The London Baroque
    Label: Amon Ra   Catalog: 14 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stanley,  Thomas Augustine Arne,  Charles Avison,  Karl Friedrich Abel  ... 
    Performer:  John Toll
    Conductor:  Charles Medlam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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    Mozart: Oboe Music / Robin Canter, London Baroque
    Label: Amon Ra   Catalog: 34 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Raul Diaz,  Anthony Halstead,  Robin Canter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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    The Trio Sonata In 18th-century England / London Baroque
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1765 Release Date: 08/31/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  (Earl of Kelly) Erskine,  Karl Friedrich Abel,  Thomas Augustine Arne,  William Boyce  ... 
    Performer:  Steven Devine,  Charles Medlam,  Ingrid Seifert,  Richard Gwilt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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  • 13.
    Top 100 Favorite Classical Melodies
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94027 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Georges Bizet,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Sara Crombach,  Vladislaw Warenberg,  Martijn van den Hoek,  Marc Grauwels  ... 
    Conductor:  Bohdan Warchal,  Enrique Bátiz,  Mark Ermler,  Georgi Robev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Harp Ensemble,  London Baroque,  Musica ad Rhenum  ... 
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    Handel: Nine German Arias / Kirkby, London Baroque
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1615 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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    Purcell: Chamber Music / London Baroque
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1951327 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Conductor:  Charles Medlam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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    The Artistry Of Emma Kirkby
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1734/5 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  John Weldon,  Maurice Greene,  Alfonso Ferrabosco,  John Wilson  ... 
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Anthony Rooley,  Jakob Lindberg,  Lars Ulrik Mortensen  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Medlam,  Laurence Cummings
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque,  Royal Academy of Music Baroque Orchestra
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    Handel In Italy - Solo Cantatas / Kirkby, London Baroque
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1695 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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    The Trio Sonata In 17th Century Germany - London Baroque
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1545 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Heinrich Ignaz Biber,  Johann Kaspar Kerll,  Matthias Weckmann  ... 
    Performer:  Ingrid Seifert,  Richard Gwilt,  Terence Charlston,  Charles Medlam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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    Mozart: Chamber Sonatas / Charles Medlam, London Baroque
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501137 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  John Toll
    Conductor:  Charles Medlam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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  • 20.
    Best Vivaldi 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 10358 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Gérard Lesne,  Leonardo De Lisi,  Marina Comparato,  Dominique Labelle  ... 
    Conductor:  Alan Curtis,  Fabio Biondi,  Stephen Stubbs,  Andrew Parrott  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seminario Musicale,  Il Complesso Barocco,  Europa Galante  ... 
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    Rameau, Campra: French Cantatas / Harvey, Hyde, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1495 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  André Campra
    Performer:  Philippa Hyde,  Peter Harvey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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    Pachelbel: Canon & Gigue, Chamber Works / London Baroque
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1951539 Release Date: 07/11/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel
    Conductor:  Charles Medlam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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  • 23.
    Enfants Classiques - Le Meilleur De Haendel
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84397 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Simon Lindley,  Balázs Szokolay,  Niklas Eklund,  Susanne Rydén  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Kopelman,  Bradley Creswick,  Charles Medlam,  Richard Edlinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Scholars Baroque Ensemble,  Northern Sinfonia  ... 
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    Handel: Agrippina / Daniels, Ostman
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2054538 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  David Kuebler,  Barbara Daniels,  Janice Hall,  Günter von Kannen
    Conductor:  Arnold Östman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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    Niños Clásicos - Lo Mejor De Handel
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 84403 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Simon Lindley,  Balázs Szokolay,  Niklas Eklund,  Susanne Rydén  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Kopelman,  Bradley Creswick,  Charles Medlam,  Richard Edlinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Scholars Baroque Ensemble,  Northern Sinfonia  ... 
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