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Edinburgh International Festival, Usher Hall - Reviews

L'Orfeo, 14th August


Herald Scotland ★★★★★ by Keith Bruce

'Yet another extraordinary evening of opera in the Usher Hall [...] Gardiner and his superb international cast then deliver the goods, with consummate style.'

Il Ritorno D’Ulisse in Patria, 15th August

The Scotsman ★★★★ by Susan Nickalls 

'The English Baroque Soloists were in fine fettle'

Herald Scotland ★★★★★ by Keith Bruce 

'...the moments of unaccompanied singing from various ensembles and songs like the duet of Ulisse and the faithful Eumete (Francisco Fernandez-Rueda) quite exquisite.'

L’incoronazione di Poppea, 17th August

The Scotsman ★★★★★ by David Kettle

'And the musicians produced a gloriously rich, supple tapestry of sound, alive to the singers’ caressing lines. Gardiner had an exemplary cast, too'

General Reviews

The Scottish Daily Mail by Tom Kyle

'The entire production was superbly marshalled by Gardiner himself. [...] This really is the sort of thing for which we have an International Festival.'

 
Herald Angels Award
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We are pleased to announce that our Monteverdi 450 Trilogy Tour has been awarded a 'Herald Angel' from Herald Scotland, received on behalf of Sir John Eliot Gardiner by board member and founder member of Monteverdi Choir Professor John Smythe. The 'Herald Angel' awards celebrate performance excellence at the Edinburgh International Festival, from one of Scotland's biggest news providers. 

 
Prom 31: La Damnation de Faust - Reviews
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The Independent ★★★★★ by Alexandra Coghlan

'John Eliot Gardiner’s instinct for Berlioz has been honed over many years, and the result here was a performance brimming with detail and colour.'

'Was it Ann Hallenberg’s glowing “D’amour l’ardente flame” ... the easy brilliance of Michael Spyres’ “Nature immense”, or Laurent Naouri’s plausible, clubbable Mephistopheles that was the evening’s highlight? It would be impossible to choose.'

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★★★★ by David Nice 

'...he tore through the livelier scenes with the sharpest of edges from his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique'   

The Financial Times 
(prem) ★★★★ 

'One of the delights of Gardiner’s Berlioz has always been that he plays these effects to the hilt: the hellish trombones, the woozy solo bassoon trailing after the students, the plaintive cor anglais haunting Marguérite, every detail told.' 

The Times 
(prem) ★★★★★ by Neil Fisher 

'John Eliot Gardiner, whose Berlioz performances [...] have becomes Proms highlights, ad this thrilling night was no exception.'

'All four soloists were on strong form. [...] Next year he returns to the Proms with the same forces as Aeneas in Berlioz's Les Troyens. Don't miss it.'

 
Prom 25 (Late night): Bach & Schütz - Reviews
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Financial Times (prem) ★★★★★ by Richard Fairman

'There is no beating this team on top form.'

'...the Reformation is celebrated in a blazing affirmation.'

The Telegraph by Ivan Hewett 

'...like a gorgeously coloured procession, with bright fanfares of cornets and drums on one side answered by voices and violins on the other.'

'Just on the level of sensuous appeal it was an overwhelming evening.'

'...the excitement of this performance was as much physical as mental, thanks to the superb clarity and dancing energy of the performance.'

The Times (prem) ★★★★ by Richard Morrison 

'It had stylish ensemble and solo work from Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras and the English Baroque Soloists...'

'...deft and dance-like interprestations from John Eliot Gardiner...'
 
 
Bach St Matthew Passion shortlisted for Gramophone Award
Gramophone Magazine recently revealed the 72 recordings that have been shortlisted for 2017 Gramophone Awards which  includes our SDG recording of Bach St Matthew Passion in the Baroque Vocal category.

The recording was captured live at Pisa Cathedral on 22 September during the Anima Mundi Festival. This performance was the culmination of a 6-month tour of the work which saw all the musicians and artists perform Bach's masterpiece from memory.

Here is timeline of Award announcements.
16 August          Shortlist of nominated recordings released
1 September     Category winners announced
13 September   Gramophone Awards ceremony in London, special awards announced

To read the original Gramophone Magazine review click here

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·         16 August – shortlist of nominated recordings released

·         1 September – category winners announced

·         13 September  - Gramophone Awards ceremony in London, special awards announced

 
Watch Trilogy Performances On Demand
Great news! You can now stream video-recordings of all three Trilogy Tour operas, performed at La Fenice, Venice, online. This is a brilliant opportunity to see these remarkable performances if you weren't able to make it live. Here is a taster from L'incoronazione di Poppea, with Soprano Hana Blažíková and Counter-tenor Kangmin Justin Kim singing unforgettable closing duet Pur ti Miro.

 




 
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