Watch Beethoven's 5th at St John Smith Square
This weekend the BBC will be broadcasting two programmes about Beethoven's 5th Symphony featuring Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.

On Saturday 28th there will be a documentary on the work presented by John Eliot Gardiner with Ian Hislop on BBC 2 at 9pm and the ORR's performance will be broadcast the following day on BBC 4 at 7pm. The programmes will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer for 28 days after each broadcast.

The traditional wisdom is that in his 5th Symphony, Beethoven is railing against fate and his deafness. But John Eliot Gardiner believes the music expresses Beethoven's belief in the French Revolution. This is turbulent music from a turbulent man living in a turbulent age. John Eliot Gardiner and Ian Hislop bring to life the exciting and dangerous times that shaped Beethoven personally and creatively.

Launching Monteverdi 450

Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore Venice


In preparation for our ambitious international tour for Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary, we conducted a series of workshops under the auspices of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice the Accademia Monteverdiana. The week of study and exploration culminated in a final showcase concert to launch our 2017 tour: Monteverdi 450. 

Oliver Condy, Editor of BBC Music Magazine visits us during a rehearsal of Monteverdi's Hor che'l ciel e la terra (Book VIII of the Madrigals, text from Petrarch's Canzoniere):

"It's an extraordinary sonnet, full of natural rhythm and linguistic contrasts, which Monteverdi feeds off in his inimitably colourful and dramatic fashion: sighing falls, harmonic clashes, breathtaking vocal scales… Gardiner encourages his singers to dig deep into their colour palette to reveal Monteverdi's astonishing inventiveness."

Carlo Emilio Tortado, writing on the Accademia's final showcase for TeatriOnline:

"After an intensive five day workshop in preparation for the three fully surviving works of Monteverdi (L'Orfeo, Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, L'incoronazione di Poppea), the audience was given a insightful preview of the content, almost like a look behind the curtains." 
(Translated from Italian)

Paolo Petazzi, reviews the final showcase for Classic Voice★★★★★

"One clearly senses, already at this stage, the search for an intense and direct expressiveness, one that is historically grounded but alien to certain distinctive styles preferred by other interpreters. [...] All in all an exquisite taste of what we will be hearing in June next year." (Translated from Italian)

BBC Music Magazine: Monteverdi's 450th Anniversary Marked by Opera Tour
"Under their conductor John Eliot Gardiner,the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists orchestra have announced plans to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi’s birth with a worldwide tour of his three surviving operas..."

Classical Music Magazine: Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra Announce plans to Mark Monteverdi's 450th Anniversary
"The Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras will tour Monteverdi’s three surviving operas to mark the composer’s 450th anniversary in 2017..."

Classical Source: The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras announce an international tour of Claudio Monteverdi's surviving operas to mark his 450th anniversary in 2017
"On 30 April at the Accademia Monteverdiana in Venice's beautiful Fondazione Giorgio Cini, the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras with Sir John Eliot Gardiner announced their plans for Monteverdi's 450th anniversary in 2017..."

Broadway World: John Eliot Gardiner Celebrates Monteverdi's 450th Anniversary
"Next year marks the 450th anniversary of the Venetian master's birth, and to celebrate this musical milestone, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir, and the English Baroque Soloists have announced an ambitious international tour..."

Platea Magazine: Gardiner Avanza los Dettales su Gira de 2017 Para Conmemorar el 450 Anniversario de Monteverdi
"Tras una semana de trabajo en la sede de la Fondazione Cini en la isla de San Giorgio, en Venecia, Sir John Eliot Gardiner y su Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras presentaban el pasado sábado 30 de abril su gira de conciertos para 2017, en conmemoración del 450 aniversario de Claudio Monteverdi..."

Monteverdi TuscanyWith grateful thanks to Monteverdi Tuscany Hotel/Villas/Dining/Spa/Arts, the principal sponsor of the Accademia Monteverdiana 2016. 

St Matthew Passion tour highlights: Part 1
Brussels concert tonight to continue in memory of the victims
The Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region, Rudi Vervoort, has asked the citizens of Brussels to try to continue life as normal, including the resumption of cultural events. To show our solidarity with this city in mourning we are travelling to Brussels and will continue with tonight’s concert at the BOZAR, broadcasted live on Radio Klara and Musiq3. The performance will be dedicated to the memory of the victims, their families and the people of Belgium following yesterday's tragic events.

Mozart 2016 Tour
Sir John Eliot Gardiner receives the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Prize
John Eliot Gardiner receives the Concertgebouw award

In a brief hiatus from our Mozart tour, Sir John Eliot Gardiner headed to Amsterdam, where he was awarded the Concertgebouw Prize (presented by Hans Wijers, Concertgebouw Chairman). The prize is awarded to a musician (or ensemble) that has made an important contribution to the artistic profile of the Concertgebouw. Former laureates of the prize include The Beaux Art Trio, Cecilia Bartoli and Janine Jansen. John Eliot Gardiner has a long history of performing at the Concertgebouw with his ensembles (totaling more than 50 performances).

The laudatio was given by Simon Reinink (General Manager, Concertgebouw), who reminisced on his own experiences of John Eliot Gardiner performances in the Concertgebouw over the last 20 years. Reinink remarked on Sir John Eliot’s ability to bring out the best qualities of the concert hall itself, continually developing on the whole fabric of a performance, not only by continually challenging our interpretations of the music, but also making the most of the stage and the acoustics. Reinink went on to say:

“The Gardiner sound – if I may say so - is easily recognizable because of its purity, balance, pronounced interpretation (it sounds so logical!) and overwhelming musicality. Take for instance The Monteverdi Choir: it sounds like crystal clear mountain spring water. Radiant, stunning and straight to the gut.”

Following the presentation of the award, the Monteverdi Choir performed a selection of short a cappella works by Purcell, Allegri and Brahms, finishing with Non nobis, Domine (attrib. Byrd, arr. J E Gardiner).

John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Monteverdi Choir at the Award Ceremony
Image credits: Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
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