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  1. June 9, 2014

    Spitalfields Music Festival, Christ Church, London – review

    Situated on the eastern fringes of the City of London, the Spitalfields Music Festival has always been focused on drawing in...

  2. March 6, 2014

    Monteverdi Choir 50th anniversary concert, King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, UK – review

    It began with the celebrant walking up the aisle alone and in silence – the man who, 50 years ago, shook the frame of...

  1. February 7, 2014

    A celebration of the Monteverdi Choir and its creator, John Eliot Gardiner

    There is no doubt which is John Eliot Gardiner’s house. Small groups of people are standing on the London pavement, waiting...

  2. October 11, 2013

    Music in the Castle of Heaven: A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach, by John Eliot Gardiner

    Music in the Castle of Heaven: A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach, by John Eliot Gardiner, Penguin, RRP£30, 672 pages In...

  3. September 17, 2013

    Le nozze di Figaro, Royal Opera House, London – review

    After opening with Turandot , the Royal Opera’s new season moves on to another revival of a tried-and-trusted production....

  4. March 29, 2013

    The Inventory: John Eliot Gardiner

    Sir John Eliot Gardiner, who will be 70 next month, is one of Britain’s most versatile and celebrated conductors. He was...

  5. December 13, 2012

    All the best: Handel’s Messiah

    Anyone from outside the English-speaking world who visits a London concert hall in the run-up to Christmas could be forgiven...

  6. August 3, 2012

    The English Concert, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

    Open season for performing Bach at the BBC Proms starts well before the Glorious Twelfth. Dodo-like performances on an...

  7. May 11, 2012

    Authenticity’s real appeal

    What is authentic musical performance? Probably the strongest current to have swept through the classical music world in the...

  8. March 30, 2012

    Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Works for chorus and orchestra

    We easily recognise Brahms the symphonist and chamber musician. But while the German Requiem has long been a mainstay of the...

  9. November 13, 2011

    Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

    Ever alert to historical precedent, John Eliot Gardiner gave short spoken introductions at this concert that put the...

  10. October 21, 2011

    The French exception

    It has taken a while but British opera houses are now embracing the baroque revival with gusto. Handel has become a...

  11. September 17, 2011

    Johann Christoph Bach: Welt, Gute Nacht

    The Bach family had numerous tributaries leading into and out of the central genius of Johann Sebastian. The J.C. Bach who...

  12. September 11, 2011

    BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

    It seems that the BBC Proms declare audience figures have hit a new peak at the end of every season. The announcement has...

  13. April 16, 2011

    Bach: St John Passion, Bach: St Matthew Passion

    Bach St John Passion John Eliot Gardiner (Soli Deo Gloria, 2 CDs) Bach St Matthew Passion Netherlands Bach Society (Channel...

  14. April 11, 2011

    Le Freischütz, Opéra Comique, Paris

    Sophie Karthäuser (right) When the Paris Opera decided to put on Weber’s Der Freischütz in 1841, it commissioned Berlioz to...

  15. February 26, 2011

    Mozart: Symphonies 39 & 41

    Mozart Symphonies 39 & 41 John Eliot Gardiner (Soli Deo Gloria) Gardiner has been immersed in this music for the best part...

  16. January 29, 2011

    Bizet: Carmen; Gounod: Mireille

    Georges Bizet Carmen Anna Caterina Antonacci/John Eliot Gardiner (Fra musica, 2 DVDs) Charles Gounod Mireille Inva Mula/Marc...

  17. September 17, 2010

    Brahms: Symphony No 4 etc

    Brahms Symphony No 4 etc John Eliot Gardiner(Soli Deo Gloria) The Fourth fares better than the previous three instalments in...

  18. August 16, 2010

    Bach Day, BBC Proms, London

    With 20 children to raise, it is a wonder J.S. Bach found time to write music at all. In fact, it is easy to spend an entire...

  19. June 17, 2010

    Passion in the French tradition

    Twenty-four years after first conducting Pelléas in Lyons, Sir John Eliot Gardiner has returned to the work in the theatre...

  20. June 16, 2010

    Pelléas et Mélisande, Opéra Comique, Paris

    Twenty-four years after first conducting Pelléas in Lyons, Sir John Eliot Gardiner has returned to the work in the theatre...

  21. April 10, 2010

    Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice

    Gluck Orphée et Eurydice Juan Diego FlórezDecca (2 CDs) Gluck composed his most famous opera for Vienna in 1762 in Italian,...

  22. February 9, 2010

    LSO/Gardiner, Barbican, London

    Here was an irony. Just as the period-instrument Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment has embarked on a Beethoven symphony...

  23. January 15, 2010

    Lunch with the FT: John Eliot Gardiner

    A few days before I meet the conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner, a text message gives me some idea what to expect. “Just...

  24. July 31, 2009

    BBC Proms

    Although this year's BBC Proms do not have an overarching theme, there are various groups of works they are collecting...

  25. July 30, 2009

    BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

    Although this year’s BBC Proms do not have an overarching theme, there are various groups of works they are collecting...

  26. March 28, 2009

    Live music

    Simply Red March 28, LG Arena, Birmingham, then touring Mick Hucknall - lothario, friend of Tony Blair, smooth soul...

  27. February 21, 2009

    Orchestral manoeuvres

    Isabella de Sabata, 49, was born in Milan, grew up in Rome, studied in Bologna, spent some years in Hamburg and now lives...

  28. January 9, 2009

    Renewed interest in Handel

    A little way up the west side of London’s Haymarket stands Her Majesty’s Theatre. Opened in 1897 to a flamboyant Victorian...

  29. December 24, 2008

    Christmas Eve - Radio

    Christmas Eve's radio bulges excitingly like a well-filled stocking. For many, Christmas starts with the Festival of Nine...

  30. December 16, 2008

    Monteverdi Choir, Christ Church, Spitalfields, London

    The ghost of Christmas Past still haunts Spitalfields. Audiences whose memories go back five years or more will recall...

  31. December 8, 2008

    Guide: Arts around the world

    Washington, DC Accommodating Nature: The Photographs of Frank Gohlke Over the past 30 years, Frank Gohlke has established...

  32. December 7, 2008

    Arts around the world

    Washington, DCAccommodating Nature: The Photographs of Frank Gohlke Over the past 30 years, Frank Gohlke has established...

  33. December 6, 2008

    Live music

    Bon Iver December 7, Apollo Victoria Theatre, London Bon Iver, aka American singer-songwriter Justin Vernon, plays a...

  34. November 1, 2008

    Classical Andrew Clark

    MacMillan, Adès & Higdon Marin Alsop London Philharmonic Orchestra These live LPO recordings are the best possible advert...

  35. October 4, 2008

    Live music

    Roots Manuva October 4, Carling Academy, Oxford then touring Once tagged the saviour of UK hip-hop, Roots Manuva has proved...

  36. August 25, 2008

    Bach Day, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall

    In the past few years, BBC Radio 3 has won praise and criticism in equal measure for the occasions when it has given over...

  37. January 25, 2008

    London Symphony Orchestra

    Maybe Beethoven symphonies are coming back into fashion. A few years ago they had become quite a rarity in the concert...

  38. January 24, 2008

    London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, London

    Maybe Beethoven symphonies are coming back into fashion. A few years ago they had become quite a rarity in the concert hall,...

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