Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Beethoven: 9 Symphonies (5 CD)

Beethoven: 9 Symphonies (5 CD)

Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 3 “Eroica” & 4

Beethoven Symphonies Nos 5 & 6 “Pastoral”

Beethoven Symphonie Nos 7 & 8

Beethoven symphony No. 9

Beethoven Symphonien Nr. 5 & 7

Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7

Beethoven Symphonies 5 & 7

Beethoven Symphonies 2 & 8

Beethoven symphony no. 9 & Choral Fantasy

Beethoven The Symphonies (5 CD)

Beethoven The Piano Concertos & Choral Fantasy (3 CD)

Beethoven The Piano Concertos & Choral Fantasy (3 CD)

Beethoven Piano Concertos 1 & 2 & Rondo WoO 6

Beethoven Piano Concertos 3 & 4

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 & Choral Fantasy

Beethoven Missa Solemnis & Messe in C (2 CD)

Beethoven Missa Solemnis

Beethoven Missa Solemnis

Beethoven Ah perfido! & Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt & Messe in C

Beethoven Violin Concertos (+ Mendelssohn)

BBC movie: Eroica – Symphony no. 3 (DVD)

Beethoven Leonore (2 CD)

Beethoven Leonore (2 CD)
Beethoven Symphony no. 3 ‘Eroica” / Symphony no. 5 1995 – Archiv Produktion – 445944


Beethoven Symphony no. 9 1996 – Archiv Produktion – 447074




Gardiner has brought deep insight, vitality, flair and visionary commitment to an impressively broad range of repertoire
… his advocacy fuses intellectual rigour and incandescent imagination.
Robert Levin

One of the great advocates of period-instrument performance but not, he insists a period- instrument specialist (The
vital thing is to combine a knowledge of the sound world in which a composer was writing with a sense of how that music
can speak to us now) he has received more Gramophone awards than any other living artist … and now Sir John Eliot
Gardiner is reaching the ripe old age of 70 without any signs of letting up on his almost frenetic life in music.

He was most enthusiastic when approached by DGs president Mark Wilkinson about choosing his favourite recordings from
his Universal Music catalogue, on the Archiv, Deutsche Grammophon and Philips labels, going back to the late 1970s, to
mark the occasion. He came up with a challenging list of classics, ranging from Monteverdi to Stravinsky, taking in the
Baroque Greats, the Viennese Classics, the Romantics and modern composers most dear to his heart. Its an overwhelmingly
vocal collection, a sequence of highly dramatic musical works that faithfully reflects Gardiners musical ideals and

Sung texts and translations will be available as a digital download.
The 30-CD box, in the packaging-style of the Messiaen Edition of 2008, presents the recordings in their original
jackets, the 108-page booklet includes an extended interview-article (2,500 words) with Jonathan Freeman-Attwood,
Principal of the Royal Academy of Music in London, recording producer and trumpet-player. As ever with Gardiner, this
provides a stimulating account of his life and music, and we plan to make the full interview, conducted earlier this
year, available on the special website we are preparing for the occasion.

The birthday itself falls on 20 April 2013. Around it will be a marathon concert in Londons Royal Albert Hall,
consisting of all the Bach Passions and Oratorios performed in a single day. Gardiner is also publishing a book on Bach,
and there will be TV appearances as well (The Andrew Marr Show).





  • Audio CD (April 30, 2013)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 30
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00B1952R0 / 4791044

19-20. Leonore, Op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Performer: Hillevi Martinpelto (Soprano), Kim Begley (Tenor), Christiane Oelze (Soprano),
Michael Schade (Tenor), Christoph Bantzer (Spoken Vocals), Alastair Miles (Bass),
Matthew Best (Bass), Franz Hawlata (Bass)
Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Period: Classical
Written: 1805; Vienna, Austria

21. Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123 by Ludwig van Beethoven

Performer: Alastair Miles (Bass), Charlotte Margiono (Soprano), Catherine Robbin (Mezzo Soprano),
William Kendall (Tenor)
Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Monteverdi Choir
Period: Classical
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 11/1989
Venue: All Saints’ Church, Tooting, London
Length: 71 Minutes 39 Secs.
Language: Latin




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11591_1The Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, founded in 1989 by John Eliot Gardiner, performs Classical and Romantic music, using the principles and original instruments of historically informed performance. The orchestra has recorded symphonies, operas, concertos, and other works of Beethoven, Berlioz, Brahms, Gluck, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Verdi, and Weber. The orchestra and the Monteverdi Choir performed a premiere recording (audio and TV) of the Berlioz Messe solennelle in Westminster Cathedral, London 1993 . The orchestra performed in a dramatisation by the BBC of Beethoven’s performing of his third symphony.The Monteverdi Choir was founded in 1964 by Sir John Eliot Gardiner for a performance of the Monteverdi Vespers (1610) in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. A specialist Baroque ensemble, the Choir has become famous for its stylistic conviction and extensive repertoire, encompassing music from the Renaissance period to Classical music of the 20th century. They often appear with John Eliot Gardiner’s orchestras, the English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.A budget-range double CD entitled “A Classic Christmas” was released by Universal in 2005, which included two of the choir’s recordings from 1998 (“Past Three O’Clock” and “The Lamb”), and which (presumably incorrectly) billed them as The Monteverdi Singers.On 5 March 2014 the Choir celebrated its 50th anniversary with a repeat performance of the Monteverdi Vespers from King’s College Chapel, in a concert broadcast live by BBC Radio 3.The English Baroque Soloists is a chamber orchestra playing on period instruments, formed in 1978 by English conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Its repertoire comprises music from the early Baroque period to the Classical period.The English Baroque Soloists developed from the Monteverdi Orchestra, which was formed by John Eliot Gardiner in 1968. The Monteverdi Orchestra played on modern instruments, and accompanied Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir. In the late 1970s the orchestra transitioned to period instruments and became the English Baroque Soloists. The first concert under the new name was in 1977 at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, although the orchestra was not officially formed until 1978.he English Baroque Soloists often appear with John Eliot Gardiner’s choir, the Monteverdi Choir.In 1990 Gardiner formed the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, another period instrument ensemble. The Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique specialises in a later repertoire than that of the English Baroque Soloists, but shares some players.

Gardiner in rehearsal, 2007

Sir John Eliot Gardiner, CBE (born 20 April 1943) is an English conductor.

Born in Fontmell Magna, Dorset, Gardiner’s early musical experience came largely through singing with his family and in a local church choir. A self-taught musician who also played the violin, he began to study conducting at the age of 15. He was educated at Bryanston School, then studied history, Arabic, and medieval Spanish at King’s College, Cambridge.

While an undergraduate at Cambridge he launched his career as a conductor with a performance of Vespro della Beata Vergine by Monteverdi, in King’s College Chapel on 5 March 1964. This either featured or led to the foundation of the Monteverdi Choir, with which he made his London conducting debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1966.

Whilst at Cambridge, he conducted the Oxford and Cambridge Singers on a concert tour of the Middle East.

In rehearsal, 2007

After graduating with a master’s degree in history, Gardiner continued his musical studies at King’s College London under Thurston Dart and in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, whose music had been a very early influence. In 1968 he founded the Monteverdi Orchestra. Upon changing from modern instruments to period instruments in 1977, the orchestra changed its name to the English Baroque Soloists in 1978. In 1969 Gardiner made his opera debut with a performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the English National Opera. Four years later, in 1973, he made his first appearance at the Covent Garden conducting Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride. The English Baroque Soloists made their opera debut with him in the 1977 Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, performing Handel’s Acis and Galatea on period instruments. His American debut came in 1979 when he conducted the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He then became the lead conductor of Canada’s CBC Vancouver Orchestra from 1980 to 1983.

After his period with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, Gardiner went to France. From 1983 to 1988 he was Music Director of the Opéra National de Lyon. During his period with the Opéra he founded an entirely new orchestra. During his time with the Opéra National de Lyon Gardiner was also Artistic Director of the Göttingen Handel Festival (1981 until 1990).[8] In 1989 the Monteverdi Choir had its 25th anniversary, touring the world giving performances of Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt and Bach’s Magnificat among other works. In 1990, Gardiner formed a new period-instrument orchestra, the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, to perform music of the 19th century. From 1991 until 1995 he was principal conductor of the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra.

From the 1990s onwards he undertook more world tours with his ensembles, including:

  • A European tour in 1993 with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique featured Berlioz’s rediscovered Messe solennelle. Beginning in Bremen, Germany the tour ended with a recorded performance in Westminster Cathedral, London 1993.
  • In 2000, Gardiner set out on his Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, performing, over a 52-week period, all of Bach’s sacred cantatas in churches around Europe and the United States.
  • In late 2004, Gardiner toured France and Spain with the Monteverdi Choir performing pieces from the Codex Calixtinus in cathedrals and churches along the Camino de Santiago.

He founded the Monteverdi Choir (1964), the English Baroque Soloists (1978) and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (1989). Gardiner has recorded over 250 albums with these and other musical ensembles, most of which have been published by Deutsche Grammophon and Philips Classics, and by the Soli Deo Gloria label, which specialises in recordings by Gardiner and by his ensembles.

Gardiner is most famous for his interpretations of Baroque music on period instruments with the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, but his repertoire and discography are not limited to early music. With the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique Gardiner has performed a wide range of Classical and Romantic music, including many works of Berlioz and all of Beethoven’s symphonies. A recording of the third symphony of the latter was used in a dramatisation by the BBC of Beethoven’s writing of that symphony. Gardiner has served as chief conductor of the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as guest conductor with such major orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Vienna Philharmonic. Gardiner is also well known for his refusal to perform the music of Richard Wagner; in a 2008 interview for Gramophone Gardiner said, ‘I really loathe Wagner – everything he stands for – and I don’t even like his music very much.’

In late 2012, citing health concerns, he cancelled his planned December 2013 tour of Australia with the Monteverdi Choir and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

In 2013, Gardiner published the book Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven.

In 2014 he became President of the Bach-Archiv Leipzig.

Honours and awards

Gardiner has received a variety of honours and awards,[17] including:

  • Honorary doctorate from the University of Lyon, 1987
  • Commander of the Order of the British Empire, 1990 New Year Honours
  • Honorary Fellow of King’s College, London and King’s College, Cambridge
  • Honorary Member of Royal Academy of Music, 1992
  • Grammy, Best Choral Performance, 1994
  • Knight Bachelor, 1998
  • Grammy, Best Opera Recording, 1999
  • Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, 2005
  • Doctorate Honoris Causa in Musicology at the University of Pavia (birthplace of Claudio Monteverdi), 2006
  • Bach Prize of the Royal Academy of Music-Kohn Foundation, 2008
  • Voted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame in 2012
  • Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, 2011.
  • Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music from the University of St Andrews, 2014
  • National Book Critics Circle Award (Biography) shortlist for Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven, 2014
  • Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Cambridge, 2015

Personal life

Gardiner is the son of the British rural revivalist Rolf Gardiner, and the grandson of the Egyptologist Alan Henderson Gardiner. He was married to violinist Elizabeth Wilcock from 1981 to 1997; they have three daughters. In 2001 he married Isabella de Sabata, granddaughter of conductor Victor de Sabata.

In his spare time, Gardiner runs an organic farm at Springhead near Fontmell Magna in North Dorset, which was established by his great uncle, composer Henry Balfour Gardiner. His continued involvement in this project has earned him the nickname ‘Uphill Gardiner’ as a consequence of his unorthodox farming methods.

In August 2014, Gardiner was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September’s referendum on that issue.

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