Day 220 - John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir
Some musicians have a seismic impact on their artform. John Eliot Gardiner is one such. His foundation of the Monteverdi Choir in 1964 began a revolution on the quality of choral singing in the UK which was already a world-leader. The assessment that the choral parts of major works should be treated with the same professionalism as the instrumental aspect was a revelation. John Eliot (never call him Eliot-Gardiner - it makes him grumpy!) has produced game-changing recordings of Bach's Christmas Oratorio, B minor mass and the two passions. He under took an, on the face of it, utterly impractical project in performing all of Bach's Church Cantatas on their designated Sundays over a 12 month period. It worked, was recorded, and is now among the most respected cycles of cantatas on disc. Add to this his remarkable Monteverdi performances, the fact that he is probably the finest Berlioz interpreter of the day and his two orchestras (English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique) and you have the portrait of a true musical powerhouse.
John Eliot Gardiner conducts Berlioz Romeo and Juliet click here
John Eliot Gardiner conducts the B minor Mass click here