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Pinnock_Couperin_Cover_THumbnail.jpgLouis Couperin - Pièces de Clavecin


A performance by Trevor Pinnock of a selection of pieces by Louis Couperin grouped into three suites.  They are played on an original 1627 Ioannes Ruckers harpsichord from the collection of karen Flint in Delaware, USA.

Booklet notes on Couperin, his music and this particular historic harpsichord by Davitt Moroney

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CKD-570-SLEEVE-FINAL-for-web.jpgTrevor Pinnock - Journey


This unique harpsichord recital by Trevor Pinnock charts two incredible musical journeys four hundred years apart.

Inspired by the travels of Antonio Cabezón, the sixteenth century organist and composer, Pinnock's programme weaves a path not only through Cabezón's life but also through his own enviable career.

In celebration of his seventieth birthday, Pinnock has chosen a personal selection of works that evoke vivid memories from different stages of his life. Success in their respective careers led both Pinnock and Cabezón to travel widely; Cabezón's journeys through Europe resulted in meetings with several of the composers included in this program

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0825646276790_Pahud_CPE_Bach_Cover.jpgC.P.E BACH Flute Concertos


Trevor Pinnock and Emmanuel Pahud returns to music written for The Flute King with these three concertos by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach (1714-88), who spent nearly 30 years on the musical staff at the court of Frederick the Great, a powerful monarch and a highly accomplished flautist. Pahud, the long-standing principal flautist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, is joined by Kammerakademie Potsdam, directed from the harpsichord by Trevor Pinnock.

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Mozart: Gran Partita

Trevor Pinnock conducts the wind players from the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble in his first recording of Mozart's 'Gran Partita'

Catalogue #: Linn Records CKD 516.

Pinnock brings his wealth of experience to inspire fantastically insightful performances of two favourites by two Classical masters: Mozart and Haydn.

The 'Gran Partita' is Mozart's largest and arguably his most innovative instrumental work; it demonstrates the sensitivity of the colours of wind instruments in a score of unsurpassed variety. The driving principles are sonority, colour, texture, concertante effects, the juxtaposition of contrasting styles, and the mutability of musical ideas. 

The nocturnes of Mozart's mentor Haydn magnificently blend the timbres of strings and woodwind with unerring dramatic instinct. The work has all the scintillating argumentativeness and wit that one might expect of mature Haydn, whilst the central Adagio is sublime in its fragility.

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cpo_hpds.jpgJS Bach Harpsichord Concertos Vol.3

CPO 4947236

This is Concerto Copenhagen's latest release in their complete JS Bach's complete orchestral works. It features the concerti for two, thee and four harpsichords and the triple concerto for harpsichord violin and flute.
It is directed by Lars Ulrik Mortensen and the other harpsichordists featured are Marike Spaans and Marcus Mohlin. The soloists in the triple concerto are Manfred Kraemer and Katy Bircher.



Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (arr. Schoenberg)

Trevor Pinnock conducts the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble in these arrangements for chamber ensemble featuring Katie Bray (soprano) and Gareth Brynmor John (baritone).

Catalogue #: Linn Records CKD 481.

This is the third in the series which sees Trevor and the Academy perform and record works which are retrospectively reigniting Schoenberg's vision of performing chamber reductions of symphonic repertoire. 

The works in this recording transport us to a period of vast musical change: in Mahler we hear nostalgia welded with modernism; with Wagner, we hear the sunset of Romanticism; with Zemlinsky we hear the seeds of fin-de-siècle Vienna; and in all, the extremities of emotion distilled into non-symphonic forces. Arnold Schoenberg's own arrangement of Mahler's intensely personal song cycle is followed by Erwin Stein's arrangement of Busoni's landmark composition Berceuse élégiaque.

Specially commissioned for this chamber series is Christopher Austin's arrangement of Zemlinsky's evocative Sechs Gesänge, which enjoys its premiere recording here. Closing the disc is Wagner's infamous Siegfried Idyll.

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Bruckner Symphonie No. 2

Trevor Pinnock conducts the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble in the premiere recording of Anthony Payne's new arrangement of Bruckner's Second Symphony

Catalogue #: Linn Records CKD 442.

This is the second in the series which sees Trevor and the Academy perform and record works which are retrospectively reigniting Schoenberg's vision of performing chamber reductions of symphonic repertoire. This brand new edition was commissioned by Royal Academy of Music Principal Jonathan Freeman-Attwood who asked composer Anthony Payne (of Elgar's Third Symphony fame) if he would adopt the principles of Schoenberg's Society in a new version of this symphony.

Whilst employing a slightly larger ensemble than the core group used by Schoenberg, this scoring serves to reveal the luminescent appeal of a little-known nineteenth-century masterpiece - whilst also extending Schoenberg's and his pupils' practice of refined intimacy. Upon hearing the recording Anthony Payne remarked ‘the arrangement exceeded my most extravagant expectation...performed magnificently under Trevor Pinnock's direction by one of the finest chamber groups I've heard.'

Rounding off this recording is Strauss' Wein, Weib und Gesang arranged by Alban Berg, whose own pieces were regularly performed by the Society.

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Follow this link to read a feature on this recording in Gramophone 



Mahler Symphony No.4

Mahler's fourth symphony and Debussy's Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune as arranged by Schoenberg for his Private Musical Performances

Trevor Pinnock conducts the Royal Academy of Music Soloists Ensemble.

Catalogue #: Linn Records CKD 438.

Arranged for Schoenberg's 1918 Society for Private Musical Performances, these reductions were designed to highlight the fresh perspective a stripped-back orchestration could offer the listener. With this recording, Trevor and the Academy launch a series of performances and recordings which are retrospectively reigniting Schoenberg's vision of performing chamber reductions of symphonic repertoire, including newly commissioned arrangements for this series.

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Sound the Trumpet

Royal Music of Purcell and Handel arranged for Baroque Trumpet and Orchestra

Trevor Pinnock conducts Alison Balsom (Baroque Trumpet) and The English Concert with guest soloists Iestyn Davies (Countertenor) and Lucy Crowe (Soprano).

Catalogue #: 5099944032920

In the year of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, Alison Balsom celebrates the heroic era of the Baroque trumpet in works by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) and Henry Purcell (1658 or 1659-1695), whose anthems, odes, sinfonias and operas have provided the music for numerous royal celebrations from their own day to the present.

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18272736565_mX3DN.jpgThe Flute King

Music from the Court of Frederick the Great - Flute concertos and trio sonatas

Emmanuel Pahud (Flute) and Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord and Conductor), with the Potsdam Kammerakademie and Jonathan Manson (Cello) and Matthew Truscott (Violin)

Catalogue # 5099908423023

Emmanuel Pahud performs music written for and by the gifted flautist, composer and patron of the arts, King Frederick the Great of Prussia. The release features concerti, solo sonatas and chamber works by J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Johann Joachim Quantz, Franz Benda, Johann Friedrich Agricola, Anna Amalia von Preussen and Frederick the Great. Joining Pahud are the period instrument ensemble Kammerakademie Potsdam and renowned harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock. The Flute King anticipates the 300th anniversary, in January 2012, of the birth of an enlightened monarch whose love of music changed the musical scene in continental Europe.

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Baroque Masterpieces for Harpsichord

Solo harpsichord music by Arne, Greene, Handel, Rameau and Scarlatti

Catalogue # RRC1332

This is a recent release by Regis Records consisting of repertoire previously released on CRD titles.  The repertoire is Arne: Sonata no. 6 in G major, M Greene: Overture in D major, Handel: Suite in E major HWV430 'The Harmonius Blacksmith', Rameau: Pièces des Clavecin en concerts and D Scarlatti: Sonatas K124 in G major, K87 in B minor, K46 in E major, K490 in D major, K491 in D major K492 in Dmajor.

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Trevor Pinnock

Suites by Purcell and Handel and Sonatas by Haydn


Catalogue # WHLIVE0033

Trevor Pinnock, is one of the pioneering figures in historically informed performance, having founded the English Concert in 1972.

When The Independent reported on a harpsichord recital by Pinnock at Wigmore Hall in 2005, the reviewer judged that “he has lost none of his finesse, while expanding his musical range.”

This programme spans the Baroque and Classical periods and features suites and sonatas by Purcell, Haydn and Handel.

Some years ago, Pinnock made a studio recording of Handel suites. The reaction from Gramophone Magazine hints at the pleasures in store on this new disc from Wigmore Hall Live: “Once in a while a reviewer receives a record that strikes him as being so exactly right that, without switching off his critical faculties, he finds himself just sitting back and enjoying it. In an ideal world this would doubtless always be so; but I must thank Trevor Pinnock … for this particular contribution to my personal Utopia.

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Sonatas for flute and harpsichord

Bach. J. S.

Emmanuel Pahud   Trevor Pinnock   Jonathan Manson   Silvia Careddu

Catalogue # 2174432

Emmanuel Pahud follows his release of newly composed concertos with a programme comprising the complete flute sonatas of Johann Sebastian Bach. With the juxtaposition of these two releases, Pahud, one of today’s most exciting and adventurous musicians, demonstrates his mastery of and sympathy for music composed nearly three centuries apart.

"Pahud is an artist's artist: stylish and occasionally flashy in his interpretations but never allowing the predominance of virtuosity at the expense of rock-solid musical judgement. His tone is wonderfully fluent and fluid, not to mention adaptable to the mood of the moment." Fanfare

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Six Concertos for the Margrave of Brandenburg


Trevor Pinnock
European Brandenburg Ensemble

Catalogue # AV2119 (2 CDs)

Trevor Pinnock first recorded the Brandenburg Concertos some twenty-five years ago. This new recording is a product of Mr. Pinnock’s deep fascination with Bach’s ground-breaking concertos and in the working process and interaction of musicians in ensemble. Eager to cut through any narrow conceptions of period style, players from different countries and of different generations were invited to join this new voyage of exploration. In the early eighteenth century there was no fixed concept of the orchestra; these pieces could be performed on single instruments to a part or with parts doubled. This fine recording demonstrates a variety of approaches.

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Sonatas for Viola da Gamba


Jonathan Manson, viola da gamba 
Trevor Pinnock, harpsichord

Catalogue # AV2093

Trevor Pinnock is one of the most distinguished musicians of our time, an artist whose groundbreaking approach to baroque music has resulted in some of the best-selling recordings of the 20th century. Jonathan Manson is one of the most celebrated period instrument practioners of the new generation, a member of the award-winning viol quartet Phantasm and principle cellist of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Put these two musicians together to perform the music of J.S. Bach, and the results are simply spellbinding.

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Les Cyclopes: Pieces de Clavecin


Trevor Pinnock, harpsichord 

Catalogue # AV2056

Trevor Pinnock appeared on Avie catalogue number 0001 (conducting the English Concert in Handel’s opera Tamerlano). Here he appears as solo harpsichordist, a role for which he has won world-wide acclaim and a Gramophone Award. The centrepiece of Trevor’s new recording is Rameau’s rondeau Les Cyclopes, rather oddly named for the mythical man-eating beast but perhaps aptly employing all the delightful compositional eccentricities of the French composer. Rounding out the CD are two extensive suites.

The exceptional instrument heard here is the Jean Goermans / Pascal Taskin harpsichord (Paris 1763, 1783/84) from the Raymond Russell collection of early keyboard instruments at St. Cecilia’s Hall Museum of Instruments, University of Edinburgh.

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You can search for any of Trevor's past recordings in the menu bars to the top right hand side of this page.  As well as this there is a very good page at the allmusic web site, which lists the recordings and gives details of their content.  You can buy the cds from this site where available or stream certain tracks as well.