George Malcolm

Real Name:
George John Malcolm
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English pianist, organist, composer, harpsichordist, conductor and bassoonist (born 28 February 1917 in London, UK - died 10 October 1997 in London, UK).

Malcolm's first instrument was the piano, and his first teacher was a nun who recognised his talent and recommended him to the Royal College of Music, where he studied under Herbert Fryer. He attended Wimbledon College, and went on to study at Balliol College, Oxford.

During the Second World War he was a bandleader. After the war, he developed a career as a harpsichordist, although he continued to make occasional appearances as a pianist in chamber music, notably with the Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble. He left few recordings of his piano playing (one interesting example is the first performance of the Gordon Jacob Sextet, written for the group).

In the 1950s he participated in annual concerts featuring four harpsichordists, the three others being Thurston Dart, Denis Vaughan and Eileen Joyce. In 1957 this group also recorded two of Vivaldi's Concertos for Four Harpsichords, one in a Bach arrangement, with the Pro Arte Orchestra under Boris Ord. Malcolm, Dart and Joyce also recorded Bach's Concerto in C for Three Harpsichords. In 1967, he appeared with Eileen Joyce, Geoffrey Parsons and Simon Preston in a 4-harpsichord concert with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields under Neville Marriner in the Royal Festival Hall.

As well as Baroque works, he played modern harpsichord repertoire including his own compositions "Bach before the Mast" (a humorous set of variations on The Sailor's Hornpipe in the style of Johann Sebastian Bach), and "Variations on a Theme of Mozart". Like Wanda Landowska, he favoured rather large 'revival' harpsichords with pedals, built in a modern style, that now are seen as "unauthentic" for Baroque music. While aspects of his interpretations may seem outdated by the standards of today's historically informed performance practice, his recordings and live performances introduced many people to the harpsichord and influenced a number of today's musicians.

He also pursued a notable career as an organist and choir-trainer: for 12 years (1947–1959), he was organist of Westminster Cathedral, where he developed the choir's "continental" sound, which contrasts with that of Anglican choirs. Benjamin Britten's Missa Brevis was commissioned for his retirement. He continued to play the organ, recording the Handel organ concertos for example. Malcolm was founding patron of Spode Music Week, an annual residential music school that places particular emphasis on the music of the Roman Catholic liturgy. Malcolm also composed for voices, a well-known piece being his Palm Sunday introit Ingrediente Domino.
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LW 5077 George Malcolm - Händel Violin Sonatas album art Georg Friedrich Händel, Alfredo Campoli, George Malcolm Georg Friedrich Händel, Alfredo Campoli, George Malcolm - Händel Violin Sonatas Decca LW 5077 Germany 1953 Sell This Version
LXT 2918, LXT.2918 George Malcolm - A Recital Of Scarlatti Sonatas album art George Malcolm, Domenico Scarlatti George Malcolm, Domenico Scarlatti - A Recital Of Scarlatti Sonatas (Album) Decca, Decca LXT 2918, LXT.2918 UK 1954 Sell This Version
LXT 2751 George Malcolm - Six Sonatas For Violin And Harpsichord album art Georg Friedrich Händel, Alfredo Campoli, George Malcolm Georg Friedrich Händel, Alfredo Campoli, George Malcolm - Six Sonatas For Violin And Harpsichord (Album) Decca LXT 2751 UK 1955 Sell This Version
BG-565 George Malcolm - Italian Songs album art Alfred Deller, Desmond Dupre*, George Malcolm Alfred Deller, Desmond Dupre*, George Malcolm - Italian Songs Vanguard BG-565 US 1956 Sell This Version
BG 570/71 George Malcolm - Homage to Henry Purcell album art Alfred Deller, George Malcolm, April Cantelo, Maurice Bevan Alfred Deller, George Malcolm, April Cantelo, Maurice Bevan - Homage to Henry Purcell (Album, Comp) The Bach Guild BG 570/71 US 1958 Sell This Version
ZRG 5149 George Malcolm - Responsories For Tenebræ (1585) album art Victoria*, The Westminster Cathedral Choir* Conducted By George Malcolm Victoria*, The Westminster Cathedral Choir* Conducted By George Malcolm - Responsories For Tenebræ (1585) Argo (2) ZRG 5149 UK 1959 Sell This Version
ASD 327-8, ASD. 327-8 George Malcolm - The Brandenburg Concertos album art J.S. Bach*, Yehudi Menuhin With Guest Artists Elaine Shaffer And George Malcolm, Bath Festival Chamber Orchestra Leader: Robert Masters (2) J.S. Bach*, Yehudi Menuhin With Guest Artists Elaine Shaffer And George Malcolm, Bath Festival Chamber Orchestra Leader: Robert Masters (2) - The Brandenburg Concertos(2xLP) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice ASD 327-8, ASD. 327-8 UK 1959 Sell This Version
SXL 2259 George Malcolm - Harpsichord Recital album art Bach*, George Malcolm Bach*, George Malcolm - Harpsichord Recital (Comp) Decca SXL 2259 UK 1960 Sell This Version
LW 5170 George Malcolm - Italienisches Konzert F-dur BWV 971 / Chromatische Fantasie Und Fuge D-moll BWV 903 album art Bach*, George Malcolm Bach*, George Malcolm - Italienisches Konzert F-dur BWV 971 / Chromatische Fantasie Und Fuge D-moll BWV 903 Decca LW 5170 UK 1961 Sell This Version
SOL 60042, SOL.60042 George Malcolm - Missa Pro Defunctis album art Giovanni Francesco Anerio - The Choir Of The Carmelite Priory (London)*, George Malcolm Giovanni Francesco Anerio - The Choir Of The Carmelite Priory (London)*, George Malcolm - Missa Pro Defunctis(LP) L'Oiseau-Lyre, L'Oiseau-Lyre SOL 60042, SOL.60042 UK 1962 Sell This Version
ASD 489 George Malcolm - The Six Sonatas For Violin And Harpsichord (Vol. 1) album art Bach* / Yehudi Menuhin, George Malcolm, Ambrose Gauntlett Bach* / Yehudi Menuhin, George Malcolm, Ambrose Gauntlett - The Six Sonatas For Violin And Harpsichord (Vol. 1) (Album) His Master's Voice ASD 489 UK 1962 Sell This Version
OSA-1361 George Malcolm - Alcina album art Handel* - Joan Sutherland, Teresa Berganza, Monica Sinclair, Luigi Alva, Graziella Sciutti, Mirella Freni, Ezio Flagello, George Malcolm, London Symphony Chorus And Orchestra*, Richard Bonynge Handel* - Joan Sutherland, Teresa Berganza, Monica Sinclair, Luigi Alva, Graziella Sciutti, Mirella Freni, Ezio Flagello, George Malcolm, London Symphony Chorus And Orchestra*, Richard Bonynge - Alcina (Album) London Records OSA-1361 US 1962 Sell This Version
ALP.1925 George Malcolm - The Six Sonatas For Violin And Harpsichord (Bach Sonatas Vol. 2) album art J. S. Bach*, Yehudi Menuhin, George Malcolm, Ambrose Gauntlett J. S. Bach*, Yehudi Menuhin, George Malcolm, Ambrose Gauntlett - The Six Sonatas For Violin And Harpsichord (Bach Sonatas Vol. 2) (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice ALP.1925 UK 1962 Sell This Version
057 702 George Malcolm - Konzert D-Moll BWV 1060 / Konzert G-Moll BWV 1058 album art Johann Sebastian Bach - Deutsche Bachsolisten, Helmut Winschermann, Georg Friedrich Hendel, George Malcolm Johann Sebastian Bach - Deutsche Bachsolisten, Helmut Winschermann, Georg Friedrich Hendel, George Malcolm - Konzert D-Moll BWV 1060 / Konzert G-Moll BWV 1058 (Album) Cantate 057 702 Germany 1962 Sell This Version
ASDF 276 et 277 George Malcolm - Six Sonatas For Violin And Harpsichord album art Bach*, Yehudi Menuhin, George Malcolm, Ambrose Gauntlett Bach*, Yehudi Menuhin, George Malcolm, Ambrose Gauntlett - Six Sonatas For Violin And Harpsichord (Album) Angel Records, Angel Records ASDF 276 et 277 France 1962 Sell This Version
SOL 261-2 George Malcolm - The Goldberg Variations album art J.S. Bach*, George Malcolm J.S. Bach*, George Malcolm - The Goldberg Variations (Album) L'Oiseau-Lyre SOL 261-2 UK 1963 Sell This Version
CLP 1120 George Malcolm - Music For Three And Four Harpsichords album art Bach*Vivaldi* - Malcolm* Bach*Vivaldi* - Malcolm* - Music For Three And Four Harpsichords (Album) World Record Club, World Record Club CLP 1120 UK 1957 Sell This Version
SOL 263, SOL.263 George Malcolm - Magnificat A Sei Voci / Messa A Quattro Voci (1640) album art Monteverdi* - Choir Of The Carmelite Priory (London)*, George Malcolm Monteverdi* - Choir Of The Carmelite Priory (London)*, George Malcolm - Magnificat A Sei Voci / Messa A Quattro Voci (1640) L'Oiseau-Lyre, London Records, L'Oiseau-Lyre, London Records SOL 263, SOL.263 UK 1963 Sell This Version
LCL 80147 George Malcolm - Harpsichord Concerti Nos.1 & 2 album art Bach*, George Malcolm, The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra*, Karl Münchinger Bach*, George Malcolm, The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra*, Karl Münchinger - Harpsichord Concerti Nos.1 & 2 (Album) Decca, Decca LCL 80147 US 1964 Sell This Version
70 796 KK George Malcolm - Concert Royal / Sonaten Für Flöte Und Basso Continuo album art Couperin*, Vivaldi*, Veracini*, C. Ph. E. Bach*, Aurèle Nicolet, George Malcolm, Georg Donderer Couperin*, Vivaldi*, Veracini*, C. Ph. E. Bach*, Aurèle Nicolet, George Malcolm, Georg Donderer - Concert Royal / Sonaten Für Flöte Und Basso Continuo(LP) Eurodisc 70 796 KK Germany 1964 Sell This Version
SDD 357 George Malcolm - The Art Of Fugue album art J.S. Bach*, Philharmonica Of London*, George Malcolm J.S. Bach*, Philharmonica Of London*, George Malcolm - The Art Of Fugue (Album) Argo (2) SDD 357 UK 1965 Sell This Version
ALP 2086 George Malcolm - Flute Sonatas Volume 1 album art Bach*, Elaine Shaffer, George Malcolm, Ambrose Gauntlett Bach*, Elaine Shaffer, George Malcolm, Ambrose Gauntlett - Flute Sonatas Volume 1 His Master's Voice ALP 2086 UK 1965 Sell This Version
S 36337 George Malcolm - Three Flute Sonatas album art J.S. Bach*, Elaine Shaffer / George Malcolm / Ambrose Gauntlett J.S. Bach*, Elaine Shaffer / George Malcolm / Ambrose Gauntlett - Three Flute Sonatas (Album) Angel Records S 36337 US 1966 Sell This Version
S 36350 George Malcolm - Four Flute Sonatas (Complete Flute Sonatas, Volume II) album art Elaine Shaffer / George Malcolm / Ambrose Gauntlett, J.S. Bach* Elaine Shaffer / George Malcolm / Ambrose Gauntlett, J.S. Bach* - Four Flute Sonatas (Complete Flute Sonatas, Volume II) (Album) Angel Records S 36350 US 1966 Sell This Version
ASD 2267, ASD. 2267 George Malcolm - Harpsichord Concerto In D Minor / Triple Concerto In A Minor album art C. P. E. Bach* / J. S. Bach* - Yehudi Menuhin, George Malcolm, William Bennett (3) & The Bath Festival Orchestra* C. P. E. Bach* / J. S. Bach* - Yehudi Menuhin, George Malcolm, William Bennett (3) & The Bath Festival Orchestra* - Harpsichord Concerto In D Minor / Triple Concerto In A Minor (Album) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice ASD 2267, ASD. 2267 UK 1966 Sell This Version