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Opera - Verschenen op 26 juni 2020 | SDG

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Opera or oratorio? The question has remained unanswered since the disastrous creation of Semele in Covent Garden in 1744. Attacked by both opera critics and devotees, both parties accusing him of turning theatres into temples by playing his oratorios, Handel was no longer popular in the British capital. In doing so, he reconnected with Greek mythology through Ovid and his librettists in a work intended to satisfy both sides.Semele contains several large passages, including a splendid quartet in the first act, which was extremely rare at the time. But it was a complete failure and the new work was on display only for four short evenings. John Eliot Gardiner first recorded Semele at the beginning of the 80s for Erato Records, to varying degrees of success. He revisited the work in 2019 for a series of concerts given in Paris, Barcelona, Milan (La Scala), Rome and London, where the new version was recorded on 2nd May 2019.Gardiner sets the record straight in a way with this recording that does full justice to this hybrid work thanks to excellent soloists, starting with soprano Louise Alder in the title role. His great sensitivity, the rich palette of vocal colours and the touching expressiveness are all incredibly admirable. The protagonists surrounding him, mezzo-soprano Lucile Richardot, tenor Hugo Hymas, countertenor Carlo Vistoli, bass Gianluca Buratto and a few soloists from the choir, complete a coherent and flawless cast. As an untiring discoverer of new voices, Sir John Eliot Gardiner gives a beautiful impetus to this work. The Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists are as sparkling as ever. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 15 november 2019 | SDG

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
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Koormuziek - Verschenen op 5 april 2019 | SDG

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Opera - Verschenen op 26 oktober 2018 | SDG

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Record of the Month
Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria by Monteverdi poses a lot of problems for modern performers. There exists no definitive manuscript – although one may doubt how much people bothered back then with "definitive" versions of works which were re-written from one performance to the other, depending on the singers and instrumentalists that were on hand, the tastes of this or that star, the diktat of the Church – and the only copy dating from the composer's time, discovered in Vienna in 1881, is incomplete. When we try and compare this manuscript with different copies of the libretto which are still around today, the difficulties only increase. For this recording by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists, recorded live at concerts in September 2017, the decision was taken to fill in everything that could be filled in with a few passages borrowed from earlier works by Monteverdi. The Return of Ulysses dates from 1640, when Monteverdi was 74 years old, so there was a lot to choose from for these fillers. This version is almost certainly the closest approximation we have to the original yet, the singers have worked hard to give the most accurate reproduction possible of the vocal inflections demanded by the various formats employed by Monteverdi. These inflections are often very declamatory and sometimes sung to the fullest. The recitations and the melodies, the ensembles and the choirs: everything is treated with the utmost care and the effort put into contrast and clarity only enhances the quality of this recording. A magnificent rendition. © SM/Qobuz
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 31 augustus 2018 | SDG

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Recorded in concert at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in November 2016, this new album from the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner celebrates the bicentenary of Schubert's Fifth Symphony – written in September and October 1816! In it, the young composer follows in the footsteps of Mozart and Haydn, and at the same time develops his own personal language: after all, it was his fifth great symphonic work. As much a youthful work as the Second Serenade by Brams, written in 1859 and dedicated to Clara Schumann; its five movements call for a rather more sober orchestral arrangement, purged of violins, trombones, trumpets and timpani. And indeed Schubert wrote his Fifth Symphony to have "neither trumpets nor timbales"; and so Gardiner is juxtaposing two works whose links are rather clear. Listeners will appreciate the spontaneity of the live concert recording sound. © SM/Qobuz
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Missen, passies, requiems - Verschenen op 13 oktober 2017 | SDG

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Gramophone Editor's Choice - Le Choix de France Musique - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Jazz
So much can be said about this new recording featuring among others − but as the pièce de résistance − Bach’s Magnificat, performed by John Eliot Gardiner, that we simply don’t know where to start! In 1983 – already 35 years ago! – Gardiner gave his first vision of Magnificat BWV 234 in D major; here the version in question is the BWV 234a in E flat major, the original and initial version, the – extended – one Bach wrote as soon as 1723 while the BWV 234 version (more often played nowadays) only arose from adjustments made ten years later. Of course one can debate on the advantages of one over the other but for this recording, Gardiner put emphasis on the brilliance, vibrancy and stunning virtuosity imposed by the E-flat major tone and vigorous tempi, in other words: undeniably modern! Magnificat is preceded by the Mass in F major, one of Bach’s four Lutheran masses, proper gems that are too rarely performed. It’s worth noting that most movements are recycled from previous cantatas, but with thorough rewrites of course! You’ll also find one of Gardiner’s favourite cantatas, Süßer Trost, mein Jesus kömmt (Sweet comfort, my Jesus comes), BWV 151, composed for the Christmas period. With his English Baroque Soloists, his Monteverdi Choir and a broad group of soloists (the alto parts are given to a male voice, it’s worth mentioning in case… it’s not your cup of tea), Gardiner is once again standing on top of a great success.
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Missen, passies, requiems - Verschenen op 10 maart 2017 | SDG

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Award - Gramophone Record of the Month - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Missen, passies, requiems - Verschenen op 6 november 2015 | SDG

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica
For his new recording of this monument to Bach, John Eliot Gardiner is limited to a light chamber orchestra (obviously the English Baroque Soloists, founded here 37 years ago by Gardiner!), a choir of reasonable size (the Monteverdi Choir, same remark...), and a meticulous - but above all, calm - conducting of the articulations, phrases and lines, almost like a kind of chamber opera. The tempos are rather upbeat, like baroque music back in its heyday - the perfect balance between respecting history and the quest for beauty of sound. Gardiner has nothing dogmatic - making this new recording a particularly welcome perspective among the ample discography(yet unsatisfactory) of this Mass en si. © SM / Qobuz
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 2 december 2014 | SDG

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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 7 oktober 2014 | SDG

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Koormuziek - Verschenen op 27 mei 2014 | SDG

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Sacred Oratorios - Verschenen op 4 maart 2014 | SDG

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Exceptional Sound Recording
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Koormuziek - Verschenen op 3 december 2013 | SDG

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 2 april 2013 | SDG

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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 2 oktober 2012 | SDG

Hi-Res Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice - Exceptional Sound Recording
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Religieuze vocale muziek - Verschenen op 5 juni 2012 | SDG

Hi-Res Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or - Gramophone Award - Choc de Classica - Hi-Res Audio
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Klassiek - Verschenen op 6 maart 2012 | SDG

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Koormuziek - Verschenen op 6 september 2011 | SDG

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Koormuziek - Verschenen op 1 maart 2011 | SDG

Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 1 februari 2011 | SDG

Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason