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William Carter

William Carter

William Carter is a founding member of the acclaimed Palladians and a virtuoso player of the baroque guitar and theorbo.



Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Linn celebrates its 40th anniversary with a limited edition collection bursting with stand-out music 

AKD 425  

The Super Audio Collection Volume 5 Sampler
The Super Audio Collection Volume 5 Sampler
An impressive new collection showcasing the best of Linn Record's artists. 

AKP 389  

Le Calme: Fernando Sor Late Works
Le Calme: Fernando Sor Late Works
A showcase of Fernando Sor's most popular works. 

CKD 380  

Fernando Sor Early Works
Fernando Sor Early Works
Some of the finest music ever written for the guitar 

CKD 343  

The Devil's Trill
The Devil's Trill
The new Palladians line up presents sonatas by Italian composers and virtuosi Tartini and Veracini 

CKD 292  

Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 3 sampler
Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 3 sampler
a stunning new collection of demonstration quality tracks that showcase our artists at their best 

AKP 305  

La Guitarra Española - The Music of Santiago de Murcia
La Guitarra Española - The Music of Santiago de Murcia
The second solo album from acclaimed musician William Carter 

CKD 288  

Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 2 sampler
Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 2 sampler
The second disc in the highly popular SACD sampler series. A great overview of the best of Linn. 

AKP 284  

Bach Sonatas and Chorales
Bach Sonatas and Chorales
The charismatic Palladians return with their tenth album for Linn Records. 

CKD 275  

La Guitarre Royalle
La Guitarre Royalle
A hidden gem of guitar music written by Francesco Corbetta for the bedchambers of Louis XIV. 

CKD 185  

Les Elemens: Marais and Rebel
Les Elemens: Marais and Rebel
A powerful performance of French baroque by Rebel and Marais from the popular Palladians. 

CKD 221  

The New Irish Girl and other folk songs and ballads to the Lute
The New Irish Girl and other folk songs and ballads to the Lute
A selection of famous and lesser known folk songs, joyfully performed by Clara Sanabras and friends. 

CKD 164  

Held By The Ears
Held By The Ears
A highly enjoyable collection of works by Matteis complemented by some traditional gems. 

CKD 126  

The Sun King's Paradise
The Sun King's Paradise
A brilliant Diapson d'Or award-winning album exploring music by Couperin, Marais and Rebel. 

CKD 100  

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

CKD 070  

Trios For 4
Trios For 4
Enjoy works by Handel, Telemann, Leclair and Quantz in this lovely and well-executed disc. 

CKD 050  

A Choice Collection: Music Of Purcell's London
A Choice Collection: Music Of Purcell's London
Exploring the pieces popular on the London music scene during the time of Purcell. 

CKD 041  

Bach Trio Sonatas
Bach Trio Sonatas
A joyful celebration of Bach's finest Trio Sonatas played to perfection by Palladians. 

CKD 036  

The Winged Lion
The Winged Lion
There is such variety in this sparkling programme that the listener is entranced throughout. 

CKD 015  

An Excess Of Pleasure
An Excess Of Pleasure
The Palladians debut which established them as one of the finest period ensembles around. 

CKD 010  

William Carter - baroque guitar

"What most strikes you about William Carter is the sheer force of his musical imagination" writes William Yeoman in Gramophone.

Born in Florida, Carter received a thorough training as a modern guitarist with Bruce Holzman at The Florida State University before falling in love with the earlier plucked instruments and the world of historical performance. Following initial guidance from Pat O'Brien in New York City, he travelled to London as a Fulbright Scholar where he studied the Lute with Nigel North and quickly established himself as one of the leading players on old instruments.

Concert tours and festival appearances followed throughout Europe, Asia and North and South America both as an orchestral player and as a chamber musician and soloist with his own group, Palladians. Carter has an extensive discography (including 10 CD's with Palladians) and has featured on numerous recordings of the Academy of Ancient Music and The English Concert, for both of which he acts as principal lutenist.

He is also an enthusiastic teacher and is Professor of Baroque Studies and Lute at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. 2005 saw a new development in Carter's career as his exploration of the world of the baroque guitar led to the release of his first solo album "La Guitarre Royalle: The music of Francesco Corbetta" (Linn CKD 185) which has been widely praised and named in Gramophone's ‘Critic's Choice' list for 2005.  In 2007 Carter released his second solo album on Linn "La Guitarra Espanola" (Linn CKD 288) which was awarded Gramophone Editor's Choice.

William Carter's previous albums have won great critical acclaim:

This is a wonderful disc... a real flamenco inspired tour-de-force Gramophone

This is that rare and perfect thing, a pioneering recording where the historical interest is fully matched by the quality of the music and performance... one of 2005's real gems. International Record Review

The compelling artistry of William Carter makes this often complex music sound disarmingly simple and natural, making each and every movement a unique and treasurable listening experience. Classic FM Magazine

Mr. Carter performs with agility and eloquence on a first solo disc with as much appeal for fans of Eric Clapton as those of John Williams. The Observer

Carter's sound is gorgeous... the playing is faultless... helps introduce a guitarist of the highest stature. Fanfare

Opus
5 Stars
Opus d'Or: '...this is a winner not to be missed.'
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Gramophone
Gramophone's 'Critic's Choice 2011'
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American Record Guide
'His excellent, extensive notes quote Sor...'
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The Scotsman
5 Stars
'Wonderful'
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Gramophone
'The intricacies of the playing are wonderfully captured...'
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International Record Review
'...the playing itself is exquisite...'
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The Independent
'graceful'
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News Shopper
"...warm, intimate and effortlessly appealing."
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Halesowen News
'...warm, intimate and effortlessly appealing.'
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MusicWeb International
"...enchanting, gorgeously coloured, deeply musical and wholly convincing."
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MusicWeb International (Download Roundup)
"William Carter's new recording...brings the music to life"
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The Gramophone
"Superb."
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OpusMusica
"...brillantes y atractivas..."
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hi-fi+
4½ Stars
"Outstanding from beginning to end."
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Hi Fi Choice
"Sparkling and spellbinding": music through the DS-I
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Gramophone (High Fidelity)
"What a find this is..."
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Audio Video Club of Atlanta
"...a delightful recital..."
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Irish Times
"This is a guitar record with a difference."
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Financial Times
4 Stars
"Rarely has music of such eloquent modesty been married to such touching intimacy."
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The Observer
"[A] fascinating collection"
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Independent on Sunday
"The sound is intimate and nostalgic..."
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6moons.com
Blue Moon Award: "To say I am impressed and conquered...is an understatement."
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Spanish Society Quarterly Review
"Beautiful"
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Lute News
"...this is the most attractive recording of Murcia's music to have come my way for a long time."
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ABC Spain
5 Stars
Another outstanding review for La Guitarra Española
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SA-CD.net
5 Stars
Very highly recommended.
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AllMusic.com
...nothing less than perfect...
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Goldberg
5 Stars
Five star review! (Spanish)
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Goldberg
4 Stars
Great review from the Spanish publication (Spanish)
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Hi-Fi & Musik
5 Stars
"Vårdat och kärleksfullt ger han musiken guldkant."
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Gramophone
Gramophone Editor's Choice
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OpusHD.net (French)
5 Stars
Highest commendations from the French website
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The Herald
3 Stars
Baroque music for a summer afternoon, with an intimacy that draws you in.
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MusicWeb-International
Recording of the Month!
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Atlanta Audio Society
These performances all sound so vital, they successfully avoid the common pall of lifeless "authenticity."
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BBCi
This is real summer listening, conjuring up warmer climes than here...
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Early Music Review
His music ranges from simple dance tunes to complex variations requiring considerable dexterity.
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International Record Review
...obtain this disc without delay.
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Classic FM Magazine
A good review for the acclaimed album
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Financial Times
...subtlety and beauty in such perfect proportion.
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The Times
4 Stars
It's a wonderful recital, glistening with jewels from the 18th-century...
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
...full of passion and surpassing beauty...
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MusicalPointers.co.uk
Recommended.
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High Fidelity Poland
4½ Stars
Excellent review from the Polish audiophile publication
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
This whole disc is an effusion of passion, flavoured with Mediterranean sunshine.
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Gramophone
'WONDERFUL DISC'
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Fanfare
The playing is faultless
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Classical Guitar Magazine
a creative approach to this repertoire
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Classical Guitar Magazine

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Classic FM
4 Stars
Perfect late-evening listening
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BBC Music
his laid-back style is at one with the idiom
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars

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Classic FM Magazine
4 Stars
'a unique and treasurable listening'
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Gramophone
Interpretations of spicy and delicate music that prove delectable
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International Record Review
This is one of 2004's real gems
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The Observer
a first solo disc with as much appeal for fans of Eric Clapton as those of John Williams
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