Lucerne Festival, Switzerland - Reviews
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L'Orfeo, 22nd August


Der Bund by Susanne Kübler

'John Eliot Gardiner stops on his Monteverdi tour at the Lucerne Festival with an almost too beautiful Orfeo.'

Rivista Musica by Luca Segala

'Two hours of pure emotion distilled with wisdom, technical expertise and above all the ability to grasp all the finesse of expressive writing to the highest degree’

Il Ritorno D’Ulisse in Patria, 25th August 

Neue Zurcher Zeitung by Jürg Huber 

'Musically all wishes are fulfilled [...] Gardiner has taken away all the harshness that characterizes his style of interpretation, leaving the music elegant and free-flowing. The English Baroque soloists succeeded in captivating the intimate passages...'

L’incoronazione di Poppea, 27th August

Financial Times ★★★★ by David Kettle

'...a performance of scrupulous authenticity and expressive power'

General Reviews

The Guardian by Fiona Maddocks

'The rapport between voices and ensemble resulted in performances of electrifying intimacy. The instrumentalists deserve several paragraphs of their own. Rich with the dark-light colours (think aural Caravaggio) of lutes, theorbos, harp, dulcian, harp and more, their agile playing supported the drama with a restless repertoire of whispers, dissonant groans, sighs, outbursts and exclamations. '