23 Mar 2022

Mendelssohn and Brahms with the Berlin Philharmonic - press reviews

​In March, the Monteverdi Choir and John Eliot Gardiner travelled to Berlin to perform Brahms and Mendelssohn alongside the Berlin Philharmonic. Over three concerts, the Choir showcased two great Romantic works for choir and orchestra in its first performances with the world renowned orchestra, which were met with favourable reviews in the press:

“Beautiful in tone, bright and light, the voices of the Monteverdi Choir hovered above the orchestra.”
Sebastian Urmoneit – Bachtrack

“Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir is capable of great emotional outbursts and breathtakingly outperforms the Philharmoniker.”
Ulrich Amling – Der Tagesspiegel

“The freshness and clarity with which his Monteverdi Choir directs the action in Brahms’ Schicksalslied is contagious. The Philharmoniker can’t help it: Suddenly they are wide awake. They are inspired by the spontaneity of the choir, by its tenderness and passion.”
Felix Stephan – Berliner Morgenpost

“The Monteverdi Choir scores with the amazing quality of its individual parts, all of which have soloist qualities.”
Peter Sommeregger – Klassik Begeistert

Brahms Schicksalslied, Op. 54
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 2 in B flat major ‘Lobgesang, Op. 52

17, 18 & 19 March 2022, Berlin Philharmonie

Photo © Frederike van der Straeten