Concert Reviews
BBC Proms - Beethoven's Missa Solemnis
The Guardian by Tim Ashley, 27 August 2014

Prom 54: ORR/Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner review – the demands of Missa Solemnis were thrillingly met
Royal Albert Hall, London
John Eliot Gardiner brought tremendous force to Beethoven's massive work
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Salzburg Festival - Dixit Dominus
Drehpunkt Kultur by Stefan Reitbauer, 21 July 2014

‘The Monteverdi Choir is considered as one of the best choirs in the world. It is hard to describe a sound experience of metaphysical expression. Balance in all vocal groups, impressive intonation, virtuosic shaping of the most difficult coloraturas, fabulous choir soloists – all that is the Monteverdi Choir. And all that is John Eliot Gardiner.’
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Monteverdi Vespers: Never has there been such a sound in the Cathedral.
Salzburger Nachrichten by Karl Harb, 21 July 2014

The only question that remains: can there be anything greater after this stunning performance?

An indescribable miracle happened…Not a regular musical performance, but only an overwhelming magical whirring of countless vocal lines, criss-crossed, fulfilled and floating in perfect harmony...Salzburg experienced a divine hour.
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Bachfest Celebrates Monteverdi Choir’s 50th Anniversary

PRINCETON, N.J. — If ever there was a composer to be celebrated on Father’s Day, it is Bach. Of his 20 children, 10 died in infancy or early childhood, but that still left his hands full. And though inhumanly busy with composition, performance and teaching, he took an active hand in the children’s upbringing and education.

Given his volatile temperament, his ministrations were probably not always pretty, but they were evidently effective. Four of his boys (of course) went on to achieve fame as composers themselves.

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