Pavans and Fantasies from the Age of Dowland

John Holloway (violin, viola)
Monika Baer (violin, viola)
Renate Steinmann (viola)
Susanna Hefti (viola)
Martin Zeller (bass violin)
2014 | ECM (available 1 April 2014)

In this latest recording, John Holloway creates a concert programme around Dowland's Lachrimae Pavans which are considered one of the greatest works in the canon of English chamber music. Threaded between Dowland’s masterpieces are works of other major composers of his era, Purcell, Lawes, Jenkins, Morley and Locke. In bringing together these works of strongly contrasting colour and character Holloway and company give us a vivid sense of the great flowering of consort music which took place in England in the 17th century.

Castello/Fontana: Sonate concertate in stil moderno

Dario Castello & Giovanni Battista Fontana (composers)
John Holloway (violin)
Jane Gower (dulcian)
Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord)
2012 | ECM

In this recording John Holloway has selected a number of sonatas from the Italian composers Castello and Fontana who lived and worked at the beginning of the 17th century. Holloway has chosen sonatas that can be regarded as precursors of the later trio sonata or even as early examples of that genre. They also serve as proof that there is still undiscovered territory on the early music map.

Telemann: Quatuors Parisiens Vol. 2 & 3

Georg Philipp Telemann (composer)
John Holloway (violin)
Linde Brunmayr (flute)
Lorenz Duftschmid (viola da gamba)
Ulrike Becker (cello)
Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord)
2011 | CPO

Released on 26.4.2011, these CDs complete the recordings of all 12 "Paris Quartets" on cpo. They present the summit of Telemann's chamber music, and are performed with elegance and refinement, variety and fantasy by the distinguished musicians.

Telemann: Quatuors Parisiens Vol. 1

Georg Philipp Telemann (composer)
John Holloway (violin)
Linde Brunmayr (flute)
Lorenz Duftschmid (viola da gamba)
Ulrike Becker (cello)
Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord)
2009 | CPO

"What a pleasure!"

(American Record Guide 8/2009)

Leclair: Sonatas Opus 5

Jean-Marie Leclair (composer) 
John Holloway (violin)
Jaap ter Linden (cello)
Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord)
2008 | ECM records

"This came as quite a revelation ... All three players ... are sensitive to the many expressive details of harmony and melody, while remaining natural and unaffected. … I urge you to listen."

Duncan Druce (Gramophone)
Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2009

J.S. Bach: The Sonatas and Partitas for Violin solo

Johann Sebastian Bach (composer)
John Holloway (violin)
2006 | ECM records

"This is playing that fizzes with intelligence, combining intensity, percipience and drama in equal measure. Everyone will have his own gold standard in this repertoire - Grumiaux's elemental reading from the early 1960s; the peerless tone and studied elegance of Milstein; the technical perfection achieved by Perlman; or perhaps the richly sonorous account by ECM stablemate Gidon Kremer. The overarching, panoramic vision offered by Holloway should now take its place in this exalted list."

(International Record Review 1/2007)

Veracini: Sonatas

Francesco Maria Veracini (composer)
John Holloway (violin)
Jaap ter Linden (cello)
Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord)
2005 | ECM records

"Violinist-composer Francesco Maria Veracini is less familiar than Vivaldi but no less brilliant or historically important. Violinist John Holloway, cellist Jaap ter Linden and harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen, three of Europe’s most eminent players of period instruments, take full measure of his genius in four sonatas."

Joseph McLellan (The Washington Post)

Biber/Muffat: Der Tuerken Anmarsch

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber/
Georg Muffat (composers)
John Holloway (violin)
Aloysia Assenbaum (organ)
Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord)
2004 | ECM records

"This disc (once again) confirms that they are amongst the very best Biber interpreters around. ... If you haven’t treated yourself to a CD of Biber and Muffat this centenary year, this could be the one – beautiful music played by masters of the art."

Brian Clark (Early Music Review)

Biber: Unam ceylum

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (composer)
John Holloway (violin)
Aloysia Assenbaum (organ)
Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord)
2002 | ECM records

"Biber was the Paganini of his day... Holloway takes all this invention in his stride, bowing an easy, mellifluous line ... always with unforced vitality."

Rob Cowan (The Independent)

A London Concert

John Holloway (violin)
Jaap ter Linden (cello)
Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord)
2001 | NAIM

"Fantastic stuff! It is rare to encounter this quality of ensemble playing outside the string quartet repertory, and this recording sets exciting new standards for period performers."

Julie Anne Sadie (Gramophone)

Schmelzer: Sonate unarum fidium

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (composer)
John Holloway (violin)
Aloysia Assenbaum (organ)
Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord)
1999 | ECM records

"Holloway triumphs in performances of this virtuoso yet haunting music, that demands faultless technique and ideal judgment ... the playing is dazzling ... beautifully and elegantly articulated."

(Gramophone)

Buxtehude: Chamber Music Vol. 3

Dietrich Buxtehude (composer)
John Holloway and Ursula Weiss (violin)
Jaap ter Linden and Mogens Rasmussen (viola da gamba)
Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord)
1998 | Da Capo

Buxtehude: Vocal Music Vol. 1

Dietrich Buxtehude (composer)
Emma Kirkby (soprano)
John Holloway (violin)
Manfredo Kraemer (violin)
Jaap ter Linden (viola da gamba)
Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord and organ)
1997 | Da Capo

"An outstanding recording."

(BBC Music Magazine)
Danish Grammy 1998

Corelli: 12 Sonatas Op. 5

Arcangelo Corelli (composer)
John Holloway (violin)
David Watkin (cello)
Lars Ulrik Mortensen
1996 | Novalis

Buxtehude: Chamber Music Vol. 2

Dietrich Buxtehude (composer)
John Holloway (violin)
Jaap ter Linden (viola da gamba)
Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord and organ)
1995 | Da Capo

"It is difficult to imagine a better recording of these pieces. John Holloway is a magnificent Baroque violinist."

(American Record Guide)
Danish Grammy 1995

Buxtehude: Chamber Music Vol. 1

Dietrich Buxtehude (composer)
John Holloway (violin)
Jaap ter Linden(viola da gamba)
Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord and organ)
1994 | Da Capo

Danish Grammy 1995

Biber: The Mystery Sonatas

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (composer)
John Holloway (violin)
Davitt Moroney (harpsichord)
Tragicomedia
1991 | Virgin classics (EMI)

"Deeply felt performances, full of sensibility, and variously tender and passionate as the music required. A richly rewarding and important release."

(Gramophone)
Gramophone Award