Concert Reviews
Monteverdi Vespers: Never has there been such a sound in the Cathedral.
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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50 years ago - how John Eliot Gardiner changed music, The Guardian
by Tom Service 5 March 2014

50 years ago to the day, a 20 year-old history, Arabic and medieval Spanish student at King's College, Cambridge, lit a rocket under the musical establishment, and he's spent the last half-century continuing to shock and awe, agitate and enlighten, entertain and energise audiences and performers all over the world - but mostly, and most importantly, in the UK ever since.

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These Vespers have real vroom, The Times
by Richard Morrison 7 March 2014
*****

Gardiner's 1964 performance was a double revelation: of Monteverdi's genius, forgotten for centuries, and the nascent talent of the ambitious student who would go on to shape our entire understanding of Baroque music. This golden jubilee confirmed that at 70 he still towers over the scene.

 
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