Bath Festival Orchestra

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The Bath Festival Orchestra is the resident symphonic ensemble at an international music festival held every spring in the historical setting of Bath Abbey, as well as in the nearby cities of Wells and Bristol. The festival was founded as a children's music festival in 1948 by impresario Ian Hunter with performances by the National Youth Orchestra. Orchestra programs at the festival in the 1950s concentrated on Classical repertoire, with Read more considerable contributions made by Thomas Beecham. After a dozen years of financial struggles (with no performances at all between 1956 - 1957), Hunter engaged Yehudi Menuhin as artistic director for the 1959 season, bringing international attention through creative programming. It was Menuhin who formed the Bath Festival Orchestra, using players he had worked with in London recording sessions. Menuhin's ambitious vision for the festival resulted in a return of financial problems and he resigned in 1968, taking the orchestra with him and renaming it as the Menuhin Festival Orchestra. Meanwhile, the festival continued with both a resident orchestra and visiting orchestras. Michael Tippett, who lived in the nearby town of Corsham, became involved with the festival in 1969 and served as music director for the next five years, refocusing the programming toward contemporary music. Subsequent festival directors included William Glock, William Mann, Amelia Freedman, Nicholas Kraemer, Jolyon Laycock, and Tim Joss. Read less
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  • 1.
    The Baroque Collection
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 73420 Release Date: 10/22/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Performer:  Xavier Darasse,  Maurice André,  Guy Touvron,  Pierre Pierlot  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Auriacombe,  Jörg Faerber,  Jacques Roussel,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  Antiqua Musica  ... 
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  • 2.
    Best Children's Classics 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17626 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque,  Moura Lympany  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Riccardo Muti,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 3.
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 648500 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque,  Moura Lympany  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Riccardo Muti,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 4.
    Best Film 50
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 31673 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  James Horner  ... 
    Performer:  Ernest Blanc,  Nicolai Gedda,  Gérard Caussé,  Augustin Dumay  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt,  Mariss Jansons,  Richard Hickox,  David Abel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus  ... 
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  • 5.
    Best Violin 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 58521 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Vittorio Monti,  Fritz Kreisler,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
    Performer:  Tasmin Little,  John Lenehan,  Leon Pommers,  Nathan Milstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin,  Alceo Galliera,  Iain Sutherland,  Leonard Slatkin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante,  Virtuosi,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 6.
    Bach: Violin Concertos, Orchestral Suites / Menuhin
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 68517 Release Date: 10/26/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Christian Ferras,  Leon Goossens
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bath Festival Orchestra
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  • 7.
    Best 100 Menuhin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 98225 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Stéphane Grappelli,  Vincent Youmans,  George Gershwin,  Jacob Gade  ... 
    Performer:  Stéphane Grappelli,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Jan Blok,  John Etheridge  ... 
    Conductor:  Max Harris,  Andrzej Panufnik,  Pierre Boulez,  Sir Adrian Boult  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Menuhin Festival Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 8.
    Yehudi Menuhin - The Great EMI Recordings
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64131 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Lili Boulanger,  Ernest Bloch,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Ferguson Webster,  Derek Simpson,  Robert Masters  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  John Pritchard,  George Enescu,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Colonne Concerts Orchestra  ... 
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  • 9.
    Gemini - Bach: Brandenburg & Violin Concertos / Menuhin, Bath Festival Orchestra
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17617 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Janet Craxton,  Christopher Taylor,  Dennis Clift  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bath Festival Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Icon - Janet Baker - The Beloved Mezzo
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 08087 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Gustav Mahler,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker,  Daniel Barenboim,  Geoffrey Parsons,  Gerald Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Sir Adrian Boult,  André Previn,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 11.
    Baroque 8 - Purcell: Theatre Music / Menuhin, Barbirolli, De Los Angeles, Harper
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65341 Release Date: 10/31/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Colin Tilney,  Victoria de los Angeles,  Heather Harper,  Joan Carlyle
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Sir John Barbirolli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bath Festival Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Bach, Handel: Solo Cantatas & Arias / Janet Baker
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 97732 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottfried H. Stölzel
    Performer:  Dame Janet Baker
    Conductor:  Raymond Leppard,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Yehudi Menuhin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Bath Festival Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Victoria De Los Angeles - Baroque & Religious Arias
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1088 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  César Franck,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sir George Thalben-Ball,  Victoria de los Angeles,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Gerald Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Arnold Goldsbrough
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bath Festival Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Goldsborough Orchestra  ... 
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  • 14.
    Best Classics 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 70853 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gioachino Rossini,  Alexander Borodin,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  David Bell,  Henriette Puig-Roget,  Victoria de los Angeles,  Heather Harper  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Gönnenwein,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium Musicum,  South German Madrigal Choir Stuttgart,  Polish Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 15.
    The Best Baroque Album In The World...ever!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54468 Release Date: 04/04/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henry Purcell,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  George Malcolm,  Wayne Marshall,  Anthony Bailes,  Bob van Asperen  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Sir Philip Ledger,  Wolfgang Gönnenwein,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Menuhin Festival Orchestra,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble  ... 
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    The Most Relaxing Bach Album In The World...ever!
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 53359 Release Date: 03/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Stanislav Bunin,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Christian Ferras  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Leopold Stokowski,  Richard Stamp  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Bath Festival Orchestra,  Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    Bach: Orchestral Suites, Musical Offering / Menuhin
    Label: Emi Rouge Et Noir   Catalog: 964837 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bath Festival Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Sarabande - Baroque Favorites / Marriner, Menuhin
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 75632 Release Date: 07/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Pachelbel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Alessandro Marcello  ... 
    Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov,  Renato Zanfini,  Jane Parker-Smith,  Maurice André  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Renato Fasano,  Alex Briger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bath Festival Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  I Virtuosi di Roma  ... 
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  • 19.
    Classical Heartbreakers
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 85345 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Lucio Quarantotto,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Cohen,  Laszlo Varga,  André Previn,  Garrick Ohlsson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Norman Del Mar,  David Abel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    Yehudi Menuhin - The Violinist
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 85562 Release Date: 11/04/2003   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Carl Nielsen,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Gioconda de Vito,  Robert Masters,  Derek Simpson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir William Walton,  Mogens Wöldike,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Anthony Bernard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Menuhin Festival Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Opera In English - Mozart: The Abduction From The Seraglio
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 3081 Release Date: 06/25/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mattiwilda Dobbs,  Jenifer Eddy,  Nicolai Gedda,  John Fryatt  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bath Festival Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
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    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67728 Release Date: 01/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Douglas Major,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Christopher Parkening,  Neil Black  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Wolfgang Gönnenwein,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Robert Irving  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Empire Brass,  Consortium Musicum  ... 
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  • 23.
    Bach: Orchestral Suites No 1, 3 & 4 / Menuhin, Bach Festival
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 74274 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bath Festival Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Handel: Music For The Royal Fireworks, Concerti Grossi, Etc
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 74278 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis,  Reginald Kilbey,  Kenneth Montgomery,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony Orchestra,  String Orchestra,  Bournemouth Sinfonietta  ... 
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  • 25.
    Handel: Water Music, Sonatas, Etc / Menuhin, Bath Festival
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 73347 Release Date: 11/02/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Ambrose Gauntlett,  George Malcolm
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bath Festival Orchestra
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