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Richard Egarr

Richard Egarr

Richard Egarr is a noted conductor and harpsichordist who is perhaps best known as the Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music, a post he has held since 2006.



One Byrde in Hande
One Byrde in Hande
Richard Egarr charts the extraordinary breadth of invention at play in works by William Byrd. 

CKD 518  

Gilbert & Sullivan: HMS Pinafore
Gilbert & Sullivan: HMS Pinafore
A live recording of an acclaimed one-off, sold-out performance at the 2015 EIF. 

CKD 522  

Handel: Operatic Arias
Handel: Operatic Arias
Soprano Emma Bell's outstanding second solo album, which features the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. 

BKD 252  

Handel: Recorder Sonatas
Handel: Recorder Sonatas
A second solo album and a second Gramophone 'Editor's Choice' award. Widely acclaimed as a benchmark 

CKD 223  

Les Saisons Amusantes
Les Saisons Amusantes
A Diapason d'Or award-winning recording of Vivaldi's famous Four Seasons (with a twist). 

CKD 070  

Richard Egarr - harpsichord

Richard Egarr has been Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music since 2006. He was Associate Artist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from 2011 to 2017 and has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Residentie Orkest in The Hague from 2019. He has conducted many leading orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and period ensembles such as The Handel and Haydn Society.

As well as an accomplished conductor Egarr is also a brilliant harp- sichordist, and equally skilled on the organ and fortepiano. He regularly plays solo at major venues such as Wigmore Hall, London, and Carnegie Hall, New York, and has recorded many albums for Harmonia Mundi, notably of J S Bach, Couperin, Purcell and Mozart.

Egarr trained as a choirboy at York Minster, was organ scholar at Clare College Cambridge, and later studied with Gustav and Marie Leonhardt. He is a Visiting Artist and Professor at The Juilliard School in New York.


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Presto Classical 'Disc of the Year' Finalists
22 November 2016
Dunedin Consort and Scottish Opera included.
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BBC 'Choice' For Two Linn Recordings
07 July 2016
Critics Praise IBO and Scottish Opera
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Richard Egarr Talks Pinafore
20 May 2016
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Classical CD Choice
'This is a lively and ingratiating reading of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic masterpiece...the opera is dispatched in energetic fashion.'


Opera News
Critic's Choice: 'Revelatory...An eminently seaworthy Pinafore, sure to captivate Savoyards everywhere.'
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Limelight
'The music is bright and melodic with excellent harmonies.'
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BBC Radio 2 'Desmond Carrington'
'Lucky Dip' track


Crescendo
4 Stars
« HMS Pinafore est une œuvre plaisante contenant de nombreux airs fort bien construits ... Elle reste somme toute assez lisse... »
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BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
'So beautifully done. Sophisticated. It's a strong cast.'
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Fanfare
'The cast for this Pinafore is consistently satisfying...John Mark Ainsley as Sir Joseph...is wickedly funny...'
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Arthur Sullivan Society Journal
'Richard Egarr's enthusiasm for the opera, and for Sullivan, shines out in his conducting, which is lively and sensitive.'
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
Opera Choice: 'As a full modern recording without dialogue, this is definitely recommendable.'
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AllMusic
4½ Stars
'Featuring a charismatic cast...the production was especially noteworthy for conductor Richard Egarr's historically informed approach to the music.'
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KulturRadio
5 Stars
„Diese CD ist ein Glücksfall und ein erstaunlicher Lebensbeweis des Genres.“
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The Telegraph
'...the performance is largely excellent...the whole thing bounces and sparkles and smiles...'
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The New Listener
„Dazwischen hinreißende Chöre und Ensembles, kurzum ein Vergnügen, das diese Live-Aufnahme durchaus adäquat einfängt."
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Der Neue Merker
„Die Aufführung der Schottischen Oper in Edinburgh ist jedenfalls ein Hit."
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The Herald Scotland
'Conductor Richard Egarr, the Scottish Opera orchestra and chorus and a fine line-up of soloists, including John Mark Ainsley, Elizabeth Watts and Toby Spence shine...'
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Gramophone
'...it's light on its feet, and the Scottish Opera Orchestra respond with warmth and grace. It was clearly one of those occasions where everyone plays off each other, and with a cast like this, the results are never less than engaging...'
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Financial Times
'A first-rate cast...[it] sparkles.'
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MusicWeb International
'The singers are first class and well suited to their roles...The rest of the cast do equal justice, with soloists and chorus singing with excellent tonal balance, energy and commitment under Richard Egarr's leadership.'
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Ihr Opernratgeber
„Für den spritzigen Orchesterklang sorgt der Dirigent Richard Egarr . Eine witzige Produktion, die glücklicherweise ohne Holzhammerhumor auskommt.“
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The Sunday Times
'Gilbert's satire on the English class system, political jobbery and hypocrisy, and the navy still resonates...its native tunefulness keep[s] the score fresh.'
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Pizzicato
4 Stars
„frisch gestrichen“
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Presto Classical
Disc of the Week: '…for my money Egarr and Co. get the balance between tradition and freshness absolutely spot-on: there’s a tremendous sense of affection and conviction from all involved, and never a suggestion of anyone condescending to the material…Working from two recent scholarly editions of the score, Egarr brings out some wonderful orchestral detail...'
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The Herald Scotland
Interview with conductor Richard Egarr
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