Recordings

The English Concert's recordings have been benchmarks of interpretative integrity and technical excellence for nearly 40 years. Below you can explore featured CDs and our extensive discography, with links for listening, buying or downloading.

Featured CDs

In October 2012 we released our first recording with our founder Trevor Pinnock since 2002: an EMI Classics production featuring trumpeter extraordinary Alison Balsom entitled 'Sound the Trumpet' and exploring Royal Music by Handel and Purcell.  It reached the best seller list within a few days of release and is likely to remain a favourite for some time to come.  We plan London and UK festival concerts with Alison Balsom based on the recording during 2013.

Early in 2011 we released our first recording with Elizabeth Watts, a soprano of exceptional musical intelligence and winner of both the Kathleen Ferrier Award and the Cardiff Song Prize.  J.S. Bach Cantatas and Arias (harmonia mundi USA) was recently Gramophone Editor's Recording of the Month, and it inspired the following encomium from International Record Review: "A most rewarding and satisfying disc in which an excellent band of players under a superb director are crowned by a voice of real magic."   

Towards the end of the year we received plaudits for our partnership with Lucy Crowe in her first recital CD, Il caro Sassone - Handel in Italy, a dazzling programme of cantatas and arias from Handel's early sojourn in Italy. An Editor's Choice in Early Music Today, it inspired the following comment in Gramophone - '...virtuoso playing from The English Concert, who on their own give sparkling performance...' - and in Classic FM Magazine - '... warmth aplenty in Harry Bicket's edge-of-seat conducting of The English Concert... '.

2010 saw some outstanding releases -

Recently Grammy-nominated, Three Baroque Tenors (EMI Classics) with Ian Bostridge explores singers known and admired (if not necessarily loved) by Handel - John Beard, Francesco Borosini and Annibale Po Fabri - in a recording described as follows by The Observer: "Ian Bostridge is at his most vivid, expresssive and delicately ornamental... Switching between Handel, Scarlatti, Vivalid, Caldara, Conti and Gasparini, Bostridge avoids that wearying tendency to fizz the music up breathlessly, opting instead for clean edges and eloquence. The English Concert add real verve."

Handel Duets (Chandos Chaconne) with Sarah Connolly and Rosemary Joshua presents a carefully chosen sequence of Handel's most alluring creations for two virtuoso female voices. Dubbed "sixty glorious minutes" by The Independent, this programme inspired critics to superlatives and the audience to its feet when presented as a concert at Wigmore Hall in April 2011. 

Maurice Steger, possibly the world's finest recorder virtuoso, made his debut with us in 2008 and last year returned to make a CD, Mr Corelli in London (Harmonia Mundi USA), that presents the astonishing arrangements by Geminiani of Corelli's opus 5 that so captivated London audiences in the early 1700s.  Steger returned for concerts with us in the 2010-11 season.

Sound the Trumpet
Sound the Trumpet
Royal Music of Handel & Purcell
Alison Balsom natural trumpets
The English Concert
Trevor Pinnock
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J.S. Bach Cantatas & Arias
J.S. Bach Cantatas & Arias 
Elizabeth Watts
The English Concert
Harry Bicket
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Corelli - Mr Corelli in London: Recorder Concertos
Maurice Steger, Recorder
The English Concert
Laurence Cummings
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Il caro Sassone - Handel in Italy
Arias & cantatas for soprano
Lucy Crowe 
The English Concert
Harry Bicket
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