"By the end, it felt as if we’d plumbed every depth these wonderful works have to offer." - Telegraph ★★★★★
Bristol | Zurich | Udine | Salzburg | Barcelona | London
The Daily Telegraph Review, Ivan Hewett: ★★★★★
London: Cadogan Hall, 27 January 2016
"The rising sequence in the Lacrimosa, often rendered with stately magnificence, here had a hushed astonished quality, as if the choir were witnessing that day “when the guilty arise from the dust. ... By the end, it felt as if we’d plumbed every depth these wonderful works have to offer."
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Evening Standard Review, Nick Kimberley: ★★★★
"The choir wasn’t large but at musical climaxes it threatened to raise the roof, yet there was also hushed intensity. The four young soloists, emerging from within the choir, sang with focused vigour, bass David Shipley bestowing some operatic gravitas. This was a Requiem that poured balm one moment, breathed fire the next."
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Tout la Culture Review: ★★★★★
Paris: Philharmonie, 25 January 2016
"Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir enchanted in full Bristish baroque fashion at the Philharmonie in a perfect programme of Mozart."
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El Pais Review, Xavier Pujol: "A Mozart bordering on perfection"
Barcelona: Auditori de Barcelona, 24 January 2016
“Fortunately, the Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloist and Sir John Eliot Gardiner are precious and rare instruments that connect precision and flexibility: the accuracy and the stylistic rigor with an intense expressivity: the equilibrium with the force... the Monteverdi Choir sounded like the best choir in the world."
Drehpunkt Kultur Review, Elisabeth Amiller:
Salzburg: Festspielhaus, 22 January 2016
"The Choir has a very special quality: full of liveliness, colour and flexibility, highly sensitive as well as forceful. Every bar sounds exquisite."
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Udine: Teatro Giovanni da Udine, 21 January 2016
il Corriere Musicale, Stefano Cascioli:
"Impeccable timing, which supported to perfection executive intentions of Gardiner. Fast, but never hurried or superficial, and above all consistent within the dramatic evolution of the work."
"Impeccabile la scelta dei tempi, che assecondavano alla perfezione le intenzioni esecutive di Gardiner. Veloci, ma mai precipitosi o superficiali, e soprattutto coerenti all’interno dell’evoluzione drammatica dell’opera"
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Bristol: Colston Hall, 15 January 2016
Guardian Review, Rhian Evans: ★★★★
"...it was the Jupiter Symphony, K551, in C Major, that stood out, both serene and noble, flowing with a vital energy that lent its own impetus to the finale where the fugal writing – who better than Gardiner to demonstrate Mozart vying with Bach? – had a brilliant precision."
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The Times Review, Rebecca Franks: ★★★★
"The restless energy of No 40 crackled; two horns standing either side of the stage to add drama to the outer movements. And the Jupiter, with its huge variety of emotion and idea, came across with exhilarating zeal."
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