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Roger Norrington


Roger Norrington is consultant of today’s college of international “journeyman” conductors. A flexible, sometimes controversial, body, he has focused on discovering — many would state revitalizing — the Classical and Intimate repertory relative to traditional precedents, and through close focus on the notation, expressive markings and period musical instruments. The caution Norrington provides to such information highlights the countless contrasts between his interpretations of such familiar functions because the Beethoven symphonies, as well as the ways that they’re normally performed by contemporary symphony orchestras. After their studies at Cambridge School as well as the Royal University of Music, London, Norrington was a specialist singer for a decade. He founded choirs focusing on the music of Schütz and Monteverdi and led the Schütz Choir of London from 1962-1982. His performing career has continuing using a succession of visible engagements: musical movie director and primary conductor of Kent Opera, among Britain’s leading provincial opera businesses (1969-1984); the Bournemouth Sinfonietta (1985-1989); the London Baroque and London Classical Players (1978-1998); music movie director of St. Luke’s, NY (1990-1994); conductor of Camerata Academica, Salzburg (1997 – 2006); and Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (1998 – 2011). He in addition has been a visitor conductor of several British isles and American orchestras. In January 2010, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra called Norrington as primary conductor, you start with its 2011-2012 period. Norrington is extremely constant in his method of functionality practices, putting particular focus on details like the size and design from the orchestra, as well as the distinctions in audio quality and playing methods that have occurred since the functions had been written. Practically all of the musical instruments in today’s symphony orchestra possess changed in essential ways and, as a result, in audio from the ones that had been available prior to the 20th hundred years. The effect of the focus on orchestral color is definitely noticeable, as will be the generally quicker tempi of Norrington’s interpretations along with other elements that reveal fresh and unexpected areas of familiar functions. For instance, he allows Beethoven’s personal metronome markings, which are generally overlooked by others. Predictably, he continues to be criticized for neglecting what many respect as more essential customs of orchestral playing but, as he offers said, “No custom is more powerful than the latest custom.” Nor is certainly he willfully idiosyncratic; his approach is dependant on detailed evaluation, though he will not state “authenticity” and asserts “there is absolutely no such thing being a definitive functionality.” Within an launch to his shows of most Beethoven’s nine symphonies using the London Classical Players for BBC Tv in 1989 — the one that differs in nearly every respect from Klemperer’s Beethoven routine of 1972 for example — he spoke of the necessity to “reconsider each and every aspect” of the functions within the light from the composer’s motives. He has documented a strikingly first functionality of Haydn’s oratorio THE TIMES OF YEAR, and expanded his job of “recovery” into past due 19th hundred years and also 20th hundred years functions. He has extended his repertoire to add the symphonies of Bruckner, Brahms, and Mahler in some recordings using the SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra on Hänssler Common. Norrington’s interpretations possess a persuasive freshness, clearness and vitality, and his method of the Baroque and Classical orchestral repertory has already established a considerable impact on both professional music artists and attentive viewers. He received a knighthood in 1997 and can be an Honorary Fellow from the Royal Academy of Music and Royal University of Music.

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Full Name Roger Norrington
Profession Conductor
Education Clare College, Cambridge, Dragon School, Royal College of Music, Westminster School
Nationality British
Spouse Kay Lawrence
Children Tom Norrington
Parents Arthur Lionel Pugh Norrington
Siblings Humphrey Thomas Norrington
Awards Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra)
Music Groups London Classical Players, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Albums Overtures (The London Classical Players feat. conductor: Roger Norrington), Violin Concertos, Haydn: The Paris Symphonies, Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 (The London Classical Players feat. conductor: Roger Norrington), Operatic Arias, Bach Cantatas (feat. baritone: Matthias Goerne), Symphonie fantastique, op. 14, Beethoven: Symphonies & Concertos., Kraus: Symfonier / Symphonies, Symphony No. 2 / Tallis Fantasia / Sernade to Music (London Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor Sir Roger Norrington), Mahler Symphony No. 4, Mozart, Essential Symphonies Vol. VI, Nos. 28, 32, 31 "Paris", 35 "Haffner", Berlioz: L'Enfance Du Christ, Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" / Prometheus Overture (The London Classical Players feat. conductor: Roger Norrington), Má Vlast, Romantische Ouvertüren, Stravinsky: Works For Chamber Orchestra, Schumann : Symphonies Nos 1-4, Symphonies Nos. 2, 4 (Swedish Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Thomas Dausgaard), Symphonies Nos 3 & 4, Symphony no. 5 & 6, Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D Major "Titan", Bruckner: Symphony No. 3, Symphony No. 9 (London Classical Players feat. conductor: Roger Norrington), Mahler: Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection", Symphony No. 3 "Scottish" / Symphony No. 4 "Italian", Beethoven 9, Mozart: Serenade K. 204 & Divertimento K. 247, Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D Major, Op. 123, Symphony No. 7 / Coriolan & Egmont Overtures (London Classical Players feat. conductor: Roger Norrington), Symphonies nos. 5 & 8, Maurerische Trauermusik / Requiem / Ave Verum Corpus, Symphonies Nos. 5, 6 "Pastoral" (The London Classical Players feat. conductor: Roger Norrington), Symphony No. 1 in C major Op. 21 (London Classical Players feat. conductor: Roger Norrington), Mozart, Essential Symphonies Vol. V, Nos. 19, 34, 36, Symphony No. 6, Berlioz: Requiem, Op. 5, Liszt: Oeuvres pour piano et orchestre, Symphony No. 5, Symphonies no. 1 & no. 5 "Reformation", Symphonies, Bach & Sons: Piano Concertos, Symphony no. 9 in C major, D. 944 "Great", Symphonies Nos. 2, 8 (The London Classical Players feat. conductor: Roger Norrington), Mozart, W.A.: Symphonies (Essential), Vol. 4 - Nos. 22, 33, 38, Bruckner, A.: Symphony No. 3, Glad Tidings! A Baroque Christmas, Symphonies Nos. 1, 6 "Pastorale" (The London Classical Players feat. conductor: Roger Norrington), Bruckner: Symphony No. 4, Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 8, Symphonies 1-9 (Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart feat. conductor: Sir Roger Norrington) (disc 5)
Nominations Brit Award for Best Classical Recording
Movies In Search of Beethoven, Mozart: Idomeneo, Roger Norrington Conducts Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 1, 96 and 101

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1 He was knighted in 1997 for his services to music.
2 He was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the British Empire) in 1990.

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Joseph Haydn, der Symphoniker 2009 TV Movie documentary conductor
Die Zauberflöte 2000/I TV Movie conductor - as Sir Roger Norrington
Great Composers 1997 TV Series documentary conducted by - 1 episode
King Priam 1985 TV Movie conductor



BBC Proms 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Capitalism: A Love Story 2009 Documentary performer: "II. Molto Vivace - Presto", "III. Adagio Molto E Cantabile"



Liebe, Macht und Eifersucht - Mozarts Königsopern 2000 TV Movie documentary as Sir Roger Norrington
Great Composers 1997 TV Series documentary Conductor
BBC Proms 2014 TV Series Himself - Conductor
BBC Proms 2012 TV Series Himself - Conductor
BBC Proms 2011 TV Series Himself - Conductor
BBC Proms 2009 TV Series Himself
Joseph Haydn, der Symphoniker 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Joseph Haydn - Das verkannte Genie 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
In Search of Beethoven 2009 Documentary Himself
Maestro 2008 TV Series Himself - Judge
The Culture Show 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Mozart 22 2006 TV Series Himself - Conductor
Robert's Rescue 2000 TV Movie Himself / Meister Raro (as Sir Roger Norrington)
Die Zauberflöte 2000/I TV Movie Himself - Conductor (as Sir Roger Norrington)

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