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John Eliot Gardiner


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Sir John Eliot Gardiner CBE (born April 20, 1943, Fontmell Magna, Dorset, England) is an English conductor. He founded the Monteverdi Choir (1966), the English Baroque Soloists (1978) and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (1990). Gardiner has recorded over 250 albums with these and other musical ensembles, most of which have been published by Deutsche Grammophon and Philips Classics. [1] John Eliot Gardiner is most famous for his interpretations of Baroque music on period instruments with the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists. 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 Hector 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.[2] Gardiner has served as chief conductor of the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as guest conductor of some of the most famous orchestras including the Philharmonia, Boston, Cleveland, Royal Concertgebouw and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras.

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  • RJules3

    There isn't so much music you can listen to time and again over the years. John Eliot Gardiner's version of Händel's Messiah I can :-)

    30 Apr 5:32am Reply
  • innercities

    his rendition of brahms' third symphony is awesome. transparency, expression AND timbre...

    8 Jul 2014 Reply
  • 1969SL

    What Gardiner (and The Monteverdi Choir) did with complete Bach Cantatas is simply magnificent - jewel in already rich and beautiful career,it will take me some time to go trough all these albums but it's absolutely mind-boggling.

    10 Oct 2011 Reply
  • hjbardenhagen

    Happy New Year everybody, there's a new Conductors group on! ZZee ya there, Hans-Jürgen

    3 Jan 2010 Reply
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  • bluetooth38

    John Eliot Gardiner's Monteverdi: Vespro Della Beata Vergine Disc 1 and 2 takes some listening but well worth it.

    6 Feb 2008 Reply