Mendelssohn Lobgesang with the LSO

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Bonn, 9 October 2016 – 4* review written by Jens Klier

“The chorale ["Alles was Odem hat "] was superbly intonate, energetic, persuasive, dynamic and sophisticated in expression, as only the Monteverdi Choir can achieve.”

“With heightened anticipation the voices of the choir - matching the orchestra in compact force - frantically and skilfully illustrated the effervescent, joyful fury that subsided from the dynamic and contrasting articulation and speaks for Beethoven’s revolutionary extremity.”

General Anzeiger – review written by Bernhard Hartmann

“Comparatively rarely heard is Beethoven's setting of the Goethe poems 'Meeresstille' and 'Glückliche Fahrt' for choir and orchestra. From the first chord, the Gardiner-founded Monteverdi Choir demonstrated its exceptional talents. Singing 'Keine Luft von keiner Seit' in a quiet, timid manner, their articulate silences make the distress seem almost physically palpable."

“The choir numbers of symphony-cantata were simply sung superb.”

Deutsche Welle – review written by Rick Fuller

“Conductor John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir, the London Symphony Orchestra and three superb vocal soloists (sopranos Ludy Crowe and Jurgita Adamonyté and tenor Patrick Grahl) achieved a perfect blend of musical textures from quiet to fortissimo in the Beethoven Hall, and were rewarded by long standing ovations.

Essen, 10 October 2016

Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung – review

“In the Beethoven cantata the brilliant choir showcased its strengths, combining all the virtues of the great English choral tradition: noble tone balance and polished sound alongside perfect articulation.”

Halterner Zeitung – review written by Klaus Stübler

“The forty-voice strong Monteverdi Choir delivered a delightful interpretation of both poems by Goethe, managing an impressive contrast of the most tender pianissimo with sonorous sound, and all with perfect German pronunciation.
In Mendelssohn`s "Lobgesang", considered to be his second symphony and also a great spiritual work, the choir - originally founded by Gardiner - was again the main attraction: inspired and compelling in the chorale, vociferous jubilation in praise of God.”

London, 16 & 20 October 2016

Sunday Times, by Paul Driver

"Rarely performed music from Germany tells the history of a country”
"brilliant Monteverdi Choir"

The Arts Desk - 10 questions to conductor John Eliot Gardiner

"Mendelssohn and Monteverdi still challenge a musical explorer"

Classical Source - review written by Peter Reed

"You might think that the ‘Nun danket alle Gott’ chorale would round things off, but that would deny us a bracing fugal sign-off from the Monteverdi Choir at its agile best. Gardiner and his forces performed with enormous conviction and swagger, delivering old certainties of sacred and secular pride in a way to make your eyes prick."

Düsseldorf, 23 October 2016

 Rheinische Post review, Norbert Laufer

"It was a brilliant performance.”
"[...] Gardiner and the Choir always put on a steely front. The delicate side of the sound spectrum didn't fall short either, especially where Mendelssohn's melodies were shaped in such a way that their blissfulness became palpable.” 
"an uplifting evening"

Westdeutsche Zeitung review, Lars Wallerang

"The brilliant London Symphony Orchestra and the excellent Monteverdi Choir, under the direction of a detail-oriented worker such as Sir Gardiner, formed technically and musically speaking a highly competent team in performing this sacred music of Romantic character in the Tonhalle."

Mannheim, 24 October 2016

Mannheimer Morgen review, Hans-Günter Fischer

"In Mannheim about 50 singers appear in the first half, in Beethoven's 'Meeresstille' and 'glückliche Fahrt'. With impeccable articulation, even in the soft twilight of the motionless water, and, of course, perfectly flawless German, as may be expected from the choir, which has been globally acknowledged for its 'Pilgrimage' of all Bach's spiritual cantatas."