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Trevor Pinnock

Trevor Pinnock

Trevor Pinnock is recognised worldwide as a harpsichordist and conductor who pioneered performance on historical instruments with The English Concert. He is Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Academy's Concert Orchestra.



Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (arr. Schoenberg)
Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (arr. Schoenberg)
Trevor Pinnock conducts revealing chamber arrangements from Mahler to Zemlinksy. 

CKD 481  

Bruckner: Symphonie No. 2
Bruckner: Symphonie No. 2
The premiere recording of Anthony Payne's new arrangement of Bruckner's second symphony. 

CKD 442  

Mahler: Symphonie No. 4
Mahler: Symphonie No. 4
Trevor Pinnock, conducts the RAM Soloists Ensemble in revealing chamber arrangements. 

CKD 438  

Trevor Pinnock

Trevor Pinnock is recognized worldwide as a harpsichordist and conductor who pioneered performance on historical instruments with his own orchestra, The English Concert, which he founded in 1972 and led for the next thirty years. He now divides his time between conducting, solo and chamber music, and educational projects.

He works regularly with orchestras such as Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Highlights include performances of Haydn's Seasons with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, of which he is principal guest conductor, concerts with Menahem Pressler and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the MDR broadcast of Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, soloists and Tenebrae. He returned to The English Concert to celebrate their fortieth anniversary at Wigmore Hall, where he also gave a solo harpsichord recital.

In ‘Pinnock's Passions', he curated four themed concerts with guest musicians and speakers at the new candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at The Globe. Pinnock recorded C.P.E. Bach's Flute Concertos with Emmanuel Pahud and the Kammerphilharmonie Potsdam and Beethoven's Piano Concertos with Rafal Blechacz and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.  


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Gramophone
'Pinnock delivers a demonstration-quality set including Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and a gorgeous Siegfried Idyll.'


BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'Busoni's unsettling Berceuse elegiaque creates recessions of instrumental mist, beautifully poised in Trevor Pinnock's direction of the excellent RAM Soloists Ensemble, and nicely captured in this warm, close, yet clear recording.'
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BBC Radio 3 ‘CD Review’
'These fine young musicians show no frailty in the Busoni, Wagner's Siegfried Idyll or the chamber version of the songs by Zemlinsky and Shoenberg's own arrangements of Mahler's Wayfarer...'
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Crescendo
« La mezzo Katie Bray fait merveille dans Zemlinsky avec son timbre large et ses aigus moelleux. Son interprétation délicate sert fort bien la poésie de Maeterlinck (dans une traduction allemande), toute en évocation. »
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WDR 3 Musik TonArt
,,Wenn ein Dirigent wie Trevor Pinnock mit seinen Erfahrungen aus der Alten Musik auf so wunderbar uneitle Weise sich dem spätromantischen Repertoire nähert, ist das ein Gewinn. Vieles wirkt graziler, weniger fett und dadurch unmittelbarer.''
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Gramophone
'Katie Bray's mezzo is richly spiced and colourful in potent performances of the Zemlinsky, and Austin's new arrangements manage to capture the best of both worlds, encompassing the quasi-symphonic and the beautifully intimate.'
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AllMusic.com
4½ Stars
'The performances of baritone Gareth Brynmor John in the Mahler and mezzo-soprano Katie Bray in the Zemlinsky are especially warm and intimate in this setting...these performances are so ingratiating, this hybrid SACD is recommended for all listeners.'
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MusicWeb International
'The excellent Royal Academy Soloists give a good and sensitive performance which rounds off an enterprising disc.'
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SA-CD.net
4½ Stars
'The work's beauty, charm and intimacy is conveyed in a way that full orchestral accounts can never match, and one could hardly imagine a finer performance than it receives here from the excellent Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble.'
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Pizzicato
,,Bei soviel Sorgfalt verwundert es, dass Pinnock dafür eine so vibratoreiche Stimme wie die der jungen britischen Mezzosopranistin Katie Bray zuließ. Sie ist zwar, was Färbung und Expressivität angeht...''


Artistxite
,,Trevor Pinnock und sein 18-köpfiges Ensemble überzeugen durch höchste spielerische Präzision und bemerkenswerte Expressivität. Diese Kammerfassungen eröffnen einen luftigen, transparenten Blick auf eine Fülle verborgener Details.''
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Classical CD Review
'...excellent...'
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Hi-Fi News
'The textures in the symphony are endlessly fascinating...more importantly, the performance has both depth and beauty...'
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Pizzicato
4 Stars
'Anthony Payne’s transcription of Bruckner’s Second Symphony for chamber orchestra guarantees the listener a stunning experience. Performance and sound quality are amazing as well.'
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Gramophone
'...there are times in the finale where the music takes flight in a way that I’ve virtually never heard in an orchestral performance...'
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Herald Scotland
'This is gripping stuff. The feeling of bigness is still there, but there's now a light translucence to the music.'
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The Sunday Times
'...Payne creates a beautiful pinpoint effect that illuminates Bruckner’s argument and makes it seem even more productively spacious.'
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SA-CD.net
4½ Stars
'...a most enjoyable realisation of Schoenberg's vision...'
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The Irish Times
'revealing'
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AllMusic.com
4½ Stars
'...reducing forces to a small body of instruments gives great clarity to the parts and reveals the inner workings of the counterpoint...'
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Words and Music
'Disc of the Day':'It is lean and fresh...Top quality.'
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Spiegel Online
‘Solistenensemble diesen Kosmos an Klang und Stimmungen mit Kammermusik-Mitteln erforscht, zeugt von Selbstbewusstsein. Bitte mehr Experimente dieser Art, Mr. Pinnock!’
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Hi-Fi News
'...the performances are just enjoyable in their own right.'
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Toronto Star
‘Here is a stunning example of less being infinitely more.’
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Audiophile Norway
'An incredibly great recording…I can hardly wait for the next.’
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International Record Review
‘The recording is warm and clear…I’ve certainly enjoyed it.’
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Pulsion Audio
‘Les musiciens sont de premier ordre: la Royal Academy of Music Soloists est dirigée par une main de maître et avec tout le savoir-faire de Trevor Pinnock. Un plaisir assuré!’
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The New Zealand Herald
4 Stars
'Drawing-room Mahler brings new sounds and insights.'
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MusicWeb International
‘Overall however this is a performance to treasure, crowned by a delightfully natural account of the soprano solo in the last movement by Sónia Grané.’
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Infodad
'Sensitively scaled arrangement brings forth elements of Mahler that are always there but that tend to disappear beneath the excellence of his orchestrations.'
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Classical CD Review
‘Performances here are superb as is the audio.’
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BBC Music Magazine
'Trevor Pinnock directs a disciplined and expressive performance...'


The Guardian
4 Stars
'The introduction of the soprano soloist (Sónia Grané here) for the final movement becomes utterly natural, and creates all kinds of unexpected connections, not only with Mahler's own songs but with Schoenberg's works, too. A satisfying, thought-provoking disc.'
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The Herald Scotland
'Simply, this is one of the most beautiful and revealing discs I have heard in years. I am completely hooked.'
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The Herald Scotland
'... something remarkable and completely extraordinary...'
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Financial Times
4 Stars
'Both capture a simplicity of timbre and colouring that goes to the essence of the music...'
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Sinfini Music
4 Stars
'Don't dismiss this stripped-down version of Mahler's symphony, says Philip Clark. Trevor Pinnock and his players have uncovered a gem from the Viennese musical underworld.'
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Gramophone
'Under Pinnock, the Royal Academy of Music's Chamber Ensemble bring to the surface the lithe counterpoint that usually lumbers under thicker string textures, while soprano Sonia Grane succeeds admirably in illuminating the piece's inner folksong.'
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Dagogo.com
'The stripped-back orchestration of both pieces offer the listener a fresh perspective on these popular works.'


BachTrack.com
4 Stars
'I was allowed to cheer and applaud with all the enthusiasm this magical performance deserved.'
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BachTrack.com
‘Trevor Pinnock communicated energy, enthusiasm and natural phrasing to the RAM students. He brought a beauty to the Mahler.'