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Carter, William (guitar)
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William Carter (guitar)

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 ten albums with Palladians) and has featured on numerous recordings for 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 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. Carter has been awarded Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice Award twice – for La Guitarra Española: The music of Santiago de Murcia (Linn CKD 288) in 2007 and in 2010 for his album Fernando Sor: Early Works (Linn CKD 343).

Albums

Bach: Sonatas & Chorales
CKD275Download only
Lawes & Lawes: Songs
CDA67589
Murcia: La Guitarra Española
CKD288Download only
Sor: Early works for guitar
CKD343Download only
Sor: Late works for guitar – Le Calme
Studio Master: CKD380Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Tartini: The Devil's Trill & other violin sonatas
CKD292Download only

Complete works available for download

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV664with Palladians
Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV614with Palladians
Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, BWV655with Palladians
Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter, BWV650with Palladians
Trio Sonata in C minor, BWV526with Palladians
Trio Sonata in E minor, BWV528with Palladians
Trio Sonata in G major, BWV1039with Palladians
Violin Sonata in G major, BWV1021with Palladians, Rodolfo Richter (violin)
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV645with Palladians
WILLIAM LAWES (1602-1645)
Oh, my Clarissa, thou cruel fairwith Robin Blaze (countertenor), Elizabeth Kenny (theorbo), Frances Kelly (harp)
SANTIAGO DE MURCIA (1682-1732)
Canarios
Cumbeeswith Susanne Heinrich (viol)
Folias Españolas
Gaitas
Giga de Coreliwith Susanne Heinrich (viol)
Marionas por la B
Passacalles por la D
Passacalles por la E
Prelude
Preludio grabe de Coreliwith Susanne Heinrich (viol)
Suitewith Susanne Heinrich (viol)
Zarembeques, o Muecaswith Susanne Heinrich (viol)
FERNANDO SOR (1778-1839)
Grand solo, Op 14
Introduction et variations sur un thème de Mozart, Op 9
Le calme 'Caprice pour guitare seule', Op 50
Morceau de concert, Op 54a
GIUSEPPE TARTINI (1692-1770)
Grave in D minorwith Palladians
Pastorale in A major, BA16with Palladians
Sonata in G minor 'Didone abbandonata', Bg10with Palladians
Sonata in G minor 'Il trillo del Diavolo', Bg5with Palladians
FRANCESCO MARIA VERACINI (1690-1768)
Sonata in A major, Op 1 No 7with Palladians

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

12 Études, Op 29 (Sor)
12 Études, Op 6 (Sor)
2 Thèmes variés & 12 Menuets, Op 11 (Sor)
24 Exercices très faciles, Op 35 (Sor)
24 Leçons progressives, Op 31 (Sor)
6 Petites pièces, Op 32 (Sor)
6 Petites pièces, Op 5 (Sor)
8 Petites pièces, Op 24 (Sor)
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV664 (Bach)
Canarios (Murcia)
Cumbees (Murcia)
Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV614 (Bach)
Folias Españolas (Murcia)
Gaitas (Murcia)
Giga de Coreli (Murcia)
Grand solo, Op 14 (Sor)
Grave in D minor (Tartini)
Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, BWV655 (Bach)
Introduction à l'étude de la guitare, Op 60 (Sor)
Introduction et variations sur un thème de Mozart, Op 9 (Sor)
Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter, BWV650 (Bach)
Le calme 'Caprice pour guitare seule', Op 50 (Sor)
Marionas por la B (Murcia)
Mes ennuis, Op 43 (Sor)
Morceau de concert, Op 54a (Sor)
Mouvement de prière religieuse  
Oh, my Clarissa, thou cruel fair (Lawes)
Passacalles por la B (Murcia)
Passacalles por la D (Murcia)
Passacalles por la E (Murcia)
Pastorale in A major, BA16 (Tartini)
Prelude (Murcia)
Preludio grabe de Coreli (Murcia)
Sonata in A major, Op 1 No 7 (Veracini)
Sonata in E minor, Be6 (Tartini)
Sonata in G minor 'Didone abbandonata', Bg10 (Tartini)
Sonata in G minor 'Il trillo del Diavolo', Bg5 (Tartini)
Suite (Murcia)
Thème varié suivi d'un Menuet, Op 3 (Sor)
Trio Sonata in C minor, BWV526 (Bach)
Trio Sonata in E minor, BWV528 (Bach)
Trio Sonata in G major, BWV1039 (Bach)
Violin Sonata in G major, BWV1021 (Bach)
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV645 (Bach)
Zarembeques, o Muecas (Murcia)