Richard Marlow

Biography

Born: July 26, 1939; Banstead, Surrey, England   Died: June 16, 2013  
Richard Marlow came of age amid ancient and venerable institutions whose works he triumphantly shepherded through an era sorely challenging traditional assumptions. As a chorister at Southwark Cathedral, he sang at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. His education was accomplished at Cambridge University's Selwyn College, where he became an organ scholar and research fellow, studying under Thurston Dart, the musicologist and Read more harpsichordist whose performances and recordings of English Renaissance music -- shoulder to shoulder with those of Alfred Deller and Gustav Leonhardt -- revealed it afresh to a new generation of listeners in the 1950s and '60s. Richard Marlow was perhaps the most compelling inheritor of Dart's knack for transforming important but potentially dry scholarship into ringing gold, as his many broadcast performances and recordings attest. His doctoral dissertation, for instance, dealt with the seventeenth century composer Giles Farnaby, whose music he edited and for whom he wrote the article in The New Grove. Marlow's empathetic grasp of such anomalous figures is revealed in his observation that Farnaby "was an instinctive composer with something original to say and sufficient conviction to put it across effectively. His music is correspondingly vital, telling; at its best it has a spontaneity and charm few of his contemporaries can rival." This divinatory perceptiveness is not limited to early music, but extends to such moderns as Fauré, Duruflé, Poulenc, Messiaen, Vaughan Williams, and Walton. After a teaching stint at the University of Southampton, Marlow returned to Cambridge in 1968 as fellow, organist, lecturer, and (replacing Raymond Leppard) director of music at Trinity College. Trinity College -- and the Trinity College Choir -- founded by King Henry VIII in 1546, was an institution of boys and men until the 1970s, when female undergraduates began to be admitted. Marlow established the mixed choir in 1982, a group that toured extensively not only throughout Europe but in Canada and the U.S., Brazil, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Under his leadership, the choir made many award-winning recordings remarkable not merely for superbly glowing ensemble but for substantial and revelatory contributions to knowledge of figures deemed marginal, for instance, two CDs drawn from Sweelinck's Cantiones sacrae, which lifted that master from his niche as a one-work composer to something like the international acclaim he enjoyed in his own time. Marlow was also visiting professor at universities in Tokyo, the U.S., and New Zealand. Read less
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  • 1.
    Handel: Dettingen Te Deum, Zadok The Priest / Layton
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67678 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Neal Davies,  Robin Firth,  Christopher Lowrey,  Richard Marlow
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
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    Carols From Trinity / Marlow, Trinity College Choir
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 15907 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Sir William Walton,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Marlow
    Conductor:  Richard Marlow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
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    Bear Essentials - Wedding Classics
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 2411 Release Date: 03/25/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Théodore Dubois,  John Stanley,  George Frideric Handel,  Charles-Marie Widor  ... 
    Performer:  Francis Jackson,  Richard Marlow,  Ian Tracey,  Gillian Weir  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Yan Pascal Tortelier,  Robert Gibson,  Simon Standage  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90 Choir,  Collegium Musicum 90,  Ulster Orchestra  ... 
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    Stanley: Organ Voluntaries / Richard Marlow
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 639 Release Date: 06/22/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stanley
    Performer:  Richard Marlow
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    A Vaughan Williams Hymnal / Marlow, Trinity College Choir
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 51249 Release Date: 08/12/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Richard Marlow
    Conductor:  Richard Marlow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
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    Carols From Trinity / Marlow, The Choir Of Trinity College
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 51754 Release Date: 07/16/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Michael Praetorius,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  John Tavener  ... 
    Performer:  Graham Jackson,  Richard Pearce,  Silas Standage,  Philip Rushforth  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Marlow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
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