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The English Baroque Soloists is a chamber orchestra playing on period instruments, formed in 1978 by English conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Its repertoire comprises music from the early Baroque period to the Classical period.
Relationship with other ensembles directed by Gardiner
The English Baroque Soloists often appear with John Eliot Gardiner's choir, the Monteverdi Choir. The Monteverdi Choir, which was formed in 1964, was originally partnered by the Monteverdi Orchestra which did not use period instruments.
In 1990 Gardiner formed the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, another period instrument ensemble. The Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique specialises in a later repertoire than that of the English Baroque Soloists, but shares some players.
The orchestra has recorded under:
- Archiv Produktion
- Philips Classics
- Soli Deo Gloria, a label founded by John Eliot Gardiner in 2004, which originally released recordings made during the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, but has since broadened its catalogue.