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Butt, John (conductor)

John Butt (conductor)

see also John Butt (organ)

John Butt is Gardiner Professor of Music at the University of Glasgow and musical director of Edinburgh’s Dunedin Consort. As an undergraduate at Cambridge University, he held the office of organ scholar at King’s College. Continuing as a graduate student working on the music of Bach he received his PhD in 1987. He was subsequently a lecturer at the University of Aberdeen and a Fellow of Magdalene College Cambridge, joining the faculty at UC Berkeley in 1989 as University Organist and Professor of Music. In autumn 1997 he returned to Cambridge as a University Lecturer and Fellow of King’s College, and in October 2001 he took up his current post at Glasgow.

His books have been published by Cambridge University Press: these include Bach Interpretation (1990), a handbook on Bach’s Mass in B minor (1991), Music Education and the Art of Performance in the German Baroque (1994). Playing with History (2002) marked a new tack, examining the broad culture of historically informed performance and attempting to explain and justify it as a contemporary phenomenon. He is also editor or joint editor of both the Cambridge and Oxford Companions to Bach and of the Cambridge History of Seventeenth Century Music (2005). His book on Bach’s Passions, Bach’s Dialogue with Modernity, was published in 2010, and explores the ways in which Bach’s passion settings relate to some of the broader concepts of modernity, such as subjectivity and time consciousness.

John Butt’s conducting engagements with Dunedin Consort (2003-) have included major Baroque repertory and several new commissions. He has been guest conductor with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Göttingen Handel Festspiele, the Berkeley Festival, the RSAMD Chamber Orchestra and Chorus, the Irish Baroque Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment. John Butt also continues to be active as a solo organist and harpsichordist. Eleven recordings on organ, harpsichord and clavichord have been released by Harmonia Mundi. As conductor or organist he has performed throughout the world, including recent trips to Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Korea and Poland.

In 2003 John Butt was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and received the Dent Medal of the Royal Musical Association. That year his book, Playing with History, was shortlisted for the British Academy’s annual Book Prize. In 2006 he was elected Fellow of the British Academy and began a two-year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for his research on Bach’s Passions. He has recently been appointed to the Council of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. In January 2011 he became the fifth recipient of the Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation’s Bach Prize, for his work in the performance and scholarship of Bach.

Albums
'Hyperion monthly sampler – April 2014' (HYP201404)
Hyperion monthly sampler – April 2014
HYP201404  Download-only monthly sampler  
On other labels
'Bach: Brandenburg Concertos' (CKD430)
Bach: Brandenburg Concertos
CKD430  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Bach: Mass in B minor' (CKD354)
Bach: Mass in B minor
CKD354  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Bach: St John Passion' (CKD419)
Bach: St John Passion
CKD419  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Handel: Acis and Galatea' (CKD319)
Handel: Acis and Galatea
CKD319  Download only  
'Handel: Esther' (CKD397)
Handel: Esther
CKD397  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'Handel: Messiah' (CKD285)
Handel: Messiah
CKD285  Download only  
'Mozart: Requiem' (CKD449)
Mozart: Requiem
CKD449  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein  Part 2 No 40, Chorale of St John Passion, BWV245 (Bach)
Acis and Galatea, HWV49a (Handel)
Brandenburg Concerto No 1 in F major, BWV1046 (Bach)
Brandenburg Concerto No 2 in F major, BWV1047 (Bach)
Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G major, BWV1048 (Bach)
Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G major, BWV1049 (Bach)
Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D major, BWV1050 (Bach)
Brandenburg Concerto No 6 in B flat major, BWV1051 (Bach)
Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund (Schein)
Dona nobis pacem  Part 4 Osanna, Benedictus, Agnus Dei and Dona nobis pacem No 5, Chorus of Mass in B minor, BWV232 (Bach)
Esther, HWV50a (Handel)
Gloria in excelsis Deo & Et in terra pax  Part 1 Missa No 4 & 5 of Mass in B minor, BWV232 (Bach)
How can I stay, when love invites? (Assuerus)  Act 2 Scene 2 No 5, Air from Esther, HWV50a (Handel)
I rage, I melt, I burn! (Polyphemus)  Part 2 No 2, Accompagnato from Acis and Galatea, HWV49a (Handel)
Mass in B minor, BWV232 (Bach)
Messiah, HWV56 (Handel)
Misericordias Domini in D minor 'Offertorium de tempore', K222 (Mozart)
Now persecution shall lay by her iron rod – Tune your harps to cheerful strains (1st Israelite)  Act 1 Scene 2 Nos 1-2, Recitative – Aria from Esther, HWV50a (Handel)
Nun danket alle Gott (Crüger)
O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig (Anon)
O ruddier than the cherry (Polyphemus)  Part 2 No 3, Air from Acis and Galatea, HWV49a (Handel)
Requiem, K626 (Mozart)
Requiem, K626 (Mozart/Süssmayr)
St John Passion, BWV245 (Bach)
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