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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.



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 

Richard Egarr studied at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, as organ scholar at Clare College, Cambridge, and with Gustav and Marie Leonhardt. In 2006 he became Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music, with which he has performed at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and Palais de Versailles, and toured to Japan, Korea, China and Australia. Since establishing the Choir of the Academy of Ancient Music, he has placed operas and oratorios at the heart of his repertory: notable recent performances include Mozart’s La finta giardiniera in concert at the Barbican, London, and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées; L’Orfeo at the Barbican; and Semele in Rotterdam.

Egarr regularly conducts other leading period-instrument ensembles, including the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston, and Portland Baroque. Increasingly in demand to conduct non-period orchestras, he has been Associate Artist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra since 2011 and Principal Guest Conductor of Het Residentie Orchestra, The Hague, since 2013; he has also conducted the Dallas Symphony and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestras, the Berlin Konzerthausorchester and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Also a noted harpsichordist, he gives recitals at major venues and records extensively. He teaches at the Amsterdam Conservatory and is a visiting artist at the Juilliard School, New York. He also collaborates frequently with the Britten–Pears Foundation and the Netherlands Opera Academy.


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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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Der Neue Merker
„Die Aufführung der Schottischen Oper in Edinburgh ist jedenfalls ein Hit."
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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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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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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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Pizzicato
4 Stars
„frisch gestrichen“
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The Herald Scotland
Interview with conductor Richard Egarr
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