Concert Reviews
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.

 
Monteverdi Choir 50th anniversary concert, The Financial Times
The Financial Times, by Andrew Clark 6 March 2014
*****

It began with the celebrant walking up the aisle alone and in silence – the man who, 50 years ago, shook the frame of western music and declared Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers to be a masterpiece. So began the gospel according to Sir John – today’s world-renowned septuagenarian conductor-scholar John Eliot Gardiner, who, back in 1964, was just a King’s College undergraduate with a bee in his bonnet. To achieve his goal of breathing life into Vespers, Gardiner founded the Monteverdi Choir – and the rest is indeed history.
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Monteverdi Vespers, King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, reviewed by The Telegraph
by John Alison 6 March 2014
****

John Eliot Gardiner’s performance of the Monteverdi Vespers in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, on March 5 1964 has entered musical lore, not only for giving birth to the Monteverdi Choir but for helping to shake up period-conscious performance in this country. Fifty years on to the night, Gardiner was back at King’s for a celebratory performance of the same work, his energy seemingly undiminished: he launched it in bristling, punchy style, and Monteverdi’s tumultuous lines rolled out excitingly in this beautiful setting.
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