Music in the Castle of Heaven
3 October 2013

This week saw the release of Sir John Eliot Gardiner's life's work on J. S. Bach, Music in the Castle of Heaven.

The book, published by Penguin, was launched at an event at Southwark Cathedral, where Sir John Eliot Gardiner discussed its contents and played some of his favourite works, drawn from his recordings with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists.

'There could be no better-qualified guide to the mysteries behind Bach's music than the conductor who has breathed new life into its performance' - The Independent

‘John Eliot Gardiner proves again that he is the finest interpreter of Bach and his music of our times’ – The Scotsman

Music in the Castle of Heaven

Read more online at Penguin.

In the same week as Sir John Eliot Gardiner collected the Monteverdi Choir’s Baroque Vocal Gramophone Award he was named Critics’ Circle Outstanding Musician for 2013.


This is the third year of the prestigious Critics’ Circle music section awards, voted for by members of the British press, and Gardiner joins previous recipients Oliver Knussen and Daniel Barenboim.


Read more about the awards at Classical Music Magazine [link]