Paris Monteverdi 450 Trilogy Performance Reviews
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 ★★★★ by Maeva Da Cruz  

'The harmonic and rhythmic audacities of this complex score...seem familiar to the English Baroque Soloists orchestra, which shows remarkable ease by deploying so many colors in the performance'
 by Michel Le Naour 

'[Sir John Eliot Gardiner's] training of the English Baroque Soloists assisted by the Monteverdi Choir offers an interpretation of all beauty where instrumental perfection disputes with grace' by Olivier Brunel

'[Sir John Eliot Gardiner's] leadership at the head of the superb English Baroque Soloistsis is musical perfection itself' 

Olyrix by Frédérique Epin

'The magnificent sonority of the ensemble of old instruments, the roundness of the violins and the velvety flutes and the variety of timbres and phrasings are in perfect match with the supple and precise gesture of the leader'

 by Charles Arden
'The instrumental ensemble, opulent wonder of refinement, makes the meadows flourish under the footsteps of lovers together'

Monteverdi 450 at V&A - 15 DEC

Following Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras triumphant international Monteverdi 450 tour it has just been announced that a final concert will take place in the Raphael Cartoon Gallery at the V&A museum on Friday 15 December.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir and cast of international soloists will perform highlights from this hugely successful tour as part of the V&A’s Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition.

This final performance will take place as part of the 'V&A's Lates' programme on 15th December. More details on how to book your tickets will become available over the next few weeks.  

MONTEVERDI 450 at V&A on Friday 15 December 2017
Concert to include highlights from the Monteverdi Trilogy: L’Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, L’incoronazione di Poppea and other Monteverdi favourites.

Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
Sir John Eliot Gardiner -  conductor

Soloists: Francesca Boncompagni, Silvia Frigato, Francesca Biliotti, Reginald Mobley, Marianna Pizzolato, Carlo Vistoli, Francisco Fernández-Rueda, Gareth Treseder, Robert Burt, Furio Zanasi, Krystian Adam
Two MCO London Events Announced
In conclusion of a very successful year with our Monteverdi 450 anniversary celebrations across Europe and US. we are thrilled to announce two very special London events in November and December.


apprecntices lowres

At 6pm on Sunday 26 November, the 2016-17 Monteverdi Apprentices will mark the end of their current association with us in their final concert, taking place at The Warehouse, Waterloo. Led by mentors from our orchestras, this intimate chamber recital will include music by Bach, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schubert and promises to be a fitting send-off to the eight young musicians whose artistic development we have nurtured over the previous twelve months. The 90-minute performance will be followed by a drinks reception at 7.30pm.

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On Friday 1 December at Morley College, the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, will present a short private performance of three seminal string quartets by Schubert, Ravel and Webern, arranged for full string orchestra. Due to the all-encompassing nature of the Monteverdi 450 project, this will be the only chance to hear the ORR outside of their memorable appearance at the BBC Proms this calendar year, and is also a unique opportunity to enjoy a triptych of rarely-performed works delivered with the renowned authenticity associated with Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras.

Augmented by the Monteverdi Apprentices, who will be joining the ORR for the very last time, all three pieces will be studiously workshopped over the preceding two days under the watchful baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner: the final performance promises to be a dizzying exploration of the possibilities of string repertoire of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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Berlin Musikfest 2017 - Monteverdi 450 Trilogy Reviews
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L'Orfeo, 2nd September

Bachtrack ★★★★ by Jens Klier 

'The English baroque soloists, whose ritornellos moulded themselves to the mood and intensity of the respective atmospheres... formed the most finely tuned patterns for this theatre.'

Il Ritorno D’Ulisse in Patria, 3rd September 

Bachtrack ★★★★ by Jens Klier 

'The English Baroque Soloists draw out the intimacy and fervor which are so inherent in the piece and are so impressive'

L'incoronazione di Poppea, 5th September

Bachtrack ★★★★ by Jens Klier 

'The drama came to the forefront with Gardiner and his Monteverdis, especially because of the Basso Continuo of the English Baroque Soloists...who showed desibrable effervescence and emotional pleasure in order to support the intense emotions (of the music) and to give them a harmonious, colorful representation'

Stage and Screen by Sascha Krieger 

'Then the orchestral sound suddenly becomes quite delicate, the space is immensely intimate. This applies, of course, to the breathtaking final duet, but also for the duet of the lovers some scenes before'

Lucerne Festival, Switzerland - Reviews
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L'Orfeo, 22nd August

Der Bund by Susanne Kübler

'John Eliot Gardiner stops on his Monteverdi tour at the Lucerne Festival, with an almost too-beautiful Orfeo.'

Rivista Musica by Luca Segala

'Two hours of pure emotion distilled with wisdom, technical expertise and above all the ability to grasp all the finesse of expressive writing to the highest degree’

Il Ritorno D’Ulisse in Patria, 25th August 

Neue Zurcher Zeitung by Jürg Huber 

'Musically all wishes are fulfilled [...]'

'elegant and free-flowing.' 

'The English Baroque soloists succeeded in captivating the intimate passages.

L’incoronazione di Poppea, 27th August

Financial Times ★★★★ by David Kettle

'...a performance of scrupulous authenticity and expressive power'

General Reviews

The Guardian by Fiona Maddocks

'The rapport between voices and ensemble resulted in performances of electrifying intimacy. The instrumentalists deserve several paragraphs of their own. Rich with the dark-light colours (think aural Caravaggio) of lutes, theorbos, harp, dulcian, harp and more, their agile playing supported the drama with a restless repertoire of whispers, dissonant groans, sighs, outbursts and exclamations. '

Mendelssohn: Hymn of Praise (LSO Live) in Classical Source

Classical Source, August 2017 
★★★★★ by Antony Hodgson

 'lucid, superbly sung'

'...the widely spread, powerful choir is accompanied by well-detailed orchestral sound' 

'Sir John Eliot...plays it lightly and rhythmically in an almost dance-like manner'

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