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Andrew Lawrence-King

Andrew Lawrence-King

Baroque-harp virtuoso and imaginative continuo-player, Andrew Lawrence-King is one of the world's leading performers of early music.



The Dufay Spectacle
The Dufay Spectacle
Gothic Voices presents The Dufay Spectacle, featuring special guest Andrew Lawrence-King. 

CKD 568  

A Laurel for Landini
A Laurel for Landini
A fitting celebration of one of Italy's greatest composers. 

BKD 573  

Garden of Early Delights
Garden of Early Delights
A delightfully vibrant selection of pieces from the Renaissance and early Baroque periods 

BKD 291  

Andrew Lawrence-King - harp

Baroque-harp virtuoso and imaginative continuo-player, Andrew Lawrence-King is one of the world's leading performers of early music. A creative and inspiring conductor who directs from one of several continuo instruments (including harp, organ, harpsichord and psaltery), he has led baroque operas and oratorios at La Scala, Milan; Sydney Opera House; Casals Hall, Tokyo; Berlin Philharmonie; Vienna Konzerthaus; New York's Carnegie Hall; and Mexico City's Palacio de Bellas Artes.

His musical career began as Head Chorister at the Cathedral and Parish Church of St Peter Port Guernsey, when he won an Organ Scholarship to Cambridge, completing his studies at the London Early Music Centre. He rapidly established himself as a versatile continuo-player with Europe's foremost specialist ensembles and in 1988 founded and co-directed the continuo-group, Tragicomedia. He joined Jordi Savall's Hesperion XX as harp soloist, and was appointed Professor of Harp and Continuo at the Akademie für Alte Musik, Bremen, and the Escuela Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona.

In 1994 Andrew Lawrence-King formed his own ensemble, The Harp Consort, with whom he has made an extensive collection of award-winning recordings, from medieval drama and O'Carolan, to Bach, Vivaldi, a Mexican mass and South American opera. His solo CDs include dances by Lully, suites by Bach and melancholy by Dowland. His direction of Handel's first opera, Almira, won the American Handel Society prize for CD of the year.

Andrew Lawrence-King conducted a staged production of Peri's Euridice at the Los Angeles Getty Centre for the 400th anniversary of the earliest opera, and in summer 2008 directed the first UK performance of Hidalgo's Celos aun del aire matan (1660). His work on 17th-century dances with Steven Player & The Harp Consort has won the ensemble an unparalleled reputation for stylish and entertaining stage shows, and his duo album with Paul Hillier was chosen by Elvis Costello as record of the year in Rolling Stone magazine. He has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Sheffield University for his achievements
in Baroque opera.

Andrew Lawrence-King now divides his time between solo recitals, tours with The Harp Consort, and appearances as guest director for orchestras, choirs and baroque operas in Europe, Scandinavia and the Americas, interspersed with worldwide performances of Luz y norte and Missa Mexicana. He is Principal Guest Director of Concerto Copenhagen (Scandinavia's
leading baroque orchestra), and the Florentine ensemble, L'Homme Armé (specialising in baroque opera and oratorio). He is a regular guest teacher at Sibelius Academy & Helsinki Stadia (Finland) and has been awarded a three-year Research Fellowship by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council to research Spanish baroque music-drama.

Res Musica
'Endowed with the exceptional singing of the mezzo Catherine King, Gothic Voices emphasize the expressiveness in the more cerebral aspects of Dufay's counterpoint, deploying the rhythmic richness and ingenuity of these motets and his songs.'
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Gramophone
Editor's Choice: 'What a pleasure, then, to be able to welcome this Dufay recording as matching all the qualities that made Gothic Voices absolute leaders in the field.'
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De Volkskrant
5 Stars
'...it is the melodic richness and the rhythmic ingenuity that continue to allow this music, almost six centuries old, to fascinate and amaze.'
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iClassical
5 Stars
Album of the Month: 'This is medieval music at its finest...don’t hesitate to add this to your music collection.'
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Kerk en Leven
'The British ensemble Gothic voices has released a selection of his work in a beautiful new CD.'
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BR Klassik
CD-Tipp: 'For all the clarity of the presentation - and this is exemplary, even when instruments are added - the expression always comes first.'
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Stemband
'Gothic Voices is geen koor, maar wel een vocaal ensemble. Hun prachtige vertolking van motetten en chansons van Guillaume Dufay, klinkt zoals in de tijd van onze grote componist.'


MusicWeb International
'...with this beautifully produced CD more instruments have been added, producing a disc of greater colour and variety...'
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All Music
5 Stars
'...an attractive program of motets and chansons...Highly recommended.'
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The Sunday Times
'The four singers of Gothic Voices, the mezzo Clare Wilkinson and a quartet of instrumentalists seem perfectly attuned to Dufay’s intoxicatingly elegant, graceful style.'
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Stretto
'This beautiful performance is both vocal and instrumental, with an unparalleled technical and expressive perfection. Can not be missed!'
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Fanfare
'This is an offbeat disc that will hardly duplicate anything in your collection.'
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Fanfare
'In short, a delightful album.'
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Adiemus Fan Magazine
"...it is rare to find an album that has been made by such a genuine and sincere attitude..."
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Fanfare
'Thorby is a thoroughly accomplished player...'
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Hi-Fi & Musik
'Hör du till dem som trodde att blockflöjt var enkelt att spela...'
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