The John Eliot Gardiner Collection

Release Date: 4/30/2013
Catalog Number: B001826002
Number of Discs: 30

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
One of the great advocates of period-instrument performance but not, he insists a period-instrument specialist (The vital thing is to combine a knowledge of the sound world in which a composer was writing with a sense of how that music can speak to us now) he has received more Gramophone awards than any other living artist...and now Sir John Eliot Gardiner is reaching the ripe old age of 70 without any signs of letting up on his almost frenetic life in music.

He was most enthusiastic when approached by DG's president Mark Wilkinson about choosing his favourite recordings from his Universal Music catalogue, on the Archiv, Deutsche Grammophon and Philips labels, going back to the late 1970s, to mark the occasion. He came up with a challenging list of classics, ranging from Monteverdi to Stravinsky, taking in the Baroque Greats, the Viennese Classics, the Romantics and modern composers most dear to his heart. Its an overwhelmingly vocal collection, a sequence of highly dramatic musical works that faithfully reflects Gardiners musical ideals and predilections.

Sung texts and translations will be available as a digital download. The 30-CD box, in the packaging-style of the Messiaen Edition of 2008, presents the recordings in their original jackets, the 108-page booklet includes an extended interview-article (2,500 words) with Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Principal of the Royal Academy of Music in London, recording producer and trumpet-player. As ever with Gardiner, this provides a stimulating account of his life and music.

The birthday itself falls on 20 April 2013. Around it will be a marathon concert in London's Royal Albert Hall, consisting of all the Bach Passions and Oratorios performed in a single day. Gardiner is also publishing a book on Bach.
Works on This Recording
1. Vespro della Beata Vergine by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer: Ann Monoyios (Soprano), Alastair Miles (Bass), Mark Tucker (Tenor), Nigel Robson (Tenor), Bryn Terfel (Bass), Sandro Naglia (Tenor), Marinella Pennicchi (Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1610 ; Mantua, Italy
2. Vespro della Beata Vergine: Magnificat a 7 by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer: Ann Monoyios (Soprano), Alastair Miles (Bass), Mark Tucker (Tenor), Nigel Robson (Tenor), Marinella Pennicchi (Soprano), Sandro Naglia (Tenor), Bryn Terfel (Bass), Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1610 ; Mantua, Italy
3. Fairy Queen, Z 629 by Henry Purcell
Performer: Eiddwen Harrhy (Soprano), Jennifer [Soprano] Smith (Soprano), Judith Nelson (Soprano), Martyn Hill (Tenor), David Thomas (Bass), Stephen Varcoe (Bass), Wynford Evans (Tenor), Elisabeth Priday (Soprano), Timothy Penrose (Countertenor), Ashley Stafford (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1692 ; England
4. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Ann Monoyios (Soprano), Howard Crook (Tenor), Cornelius Hauptmann (Bass), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Olaf Bär (Baritone), Andreas [baritone] Schmidt (Baritone), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque
Written: Circa 1727 ; Leipzig, Germany
5. Jephtha, HWV 70 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Lynne Dawson (Soprano), Ruth Holton (Soprano), Stephen Varcoe (Baritone), Nigel Robson (Tenor), Alastair Ross (Harpsichord), Paul Nicholson (Organ), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1752 ; London, England
6. Iphigénie en Tauride by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer: Sophie Boulin (Mezzo Soprano), Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano), René Massis (Bass Baritone), John Aler (Tenor), Colette Alliot-Lugaz (Soprano), Thomas Allen (Baritone), Danielle Borst (Soprano), Nancy Argenta (Soprano), René Schirrer (Bass Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir, Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1778-1779 ; Vienna, Austria
7. Idomeneo, K 366 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Period: Classical
Written: 1781 ; Munich, Germany
8. Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Malcolm Bilson (Fortepiano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists
Period: Classical
Written: 1785 ; Vienna, Austria
9. Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Malcolm Bilson (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists
Period: Classical
Written: 1785 ; Vienna, Austria
10. The Seasons, H 21 no 3 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Andreas [baritone] Schmidt (Baritone), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor)
Period: Classical
Written: 1799-1801 ; Vienna, Austria
11. Leonore, Op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Kim Begley (Tenor), Michael Schade (Tenor), Franz Hawlata (Bass), Christoph Bantzer (Spoken Vocals), Alastair Miles (Bass), Matthew Best (Bass), Hillevi Martinpelto (Soprano), Christiane Oelze (Soprano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1805 ; Vienna, Austria
12. Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Catherine Robbin (Mezzo Soprano), Alastair Miles (Bass), William Kendall (Tenor), Charlotte Margiono (Soprano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1823 ; Vienna, Austria
13. Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Period: Romantic
Written: 1830 ; France
14. Das Paradies und die Peri, Op. 50 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Neill Archer (Tenor), Christoph Prégardien (Tenor), Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Cornelius Hauptmann (Bass), Gerald Finley (Baritone), Alexandra Coku (Soprano), Bernarda Fink (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1843 ; Germany
15. Requiem for Mignon, Op. 98b by Robert Schumann
Performer: William Dazeley (Baritone)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849 ; Germany
16. Nachtlied, Op. 108 by Robert Schumann
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849 ; Germany
17. Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120 by Robert Schumann
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Germany
18. Requiem Mass by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Luba Orgonasova (Soprano), Luca Canonici (Tenor), Alastair Miles (Bass), Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874 ; Italy
19. Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma" by Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898-1899 ; England
20. In the South, Op. 50 "Alassio" by Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1903-1904 ; England
21. Introduction and Allegro for String Quartet and String Orchestra, Op. 47 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer: Heinz Kroll (Viola), Eckhard Seifert (Violin), Gerhard Iberer (Cello), Rainer Küchl (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1904-1905 ; England
22. Sospiri, Op. 70 by Sir Edward Elgar
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1914 ; England
23. Die lustige Witwe by Franz Lehár
Performer: Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Lucinda Houghton (Soprano), Philip Salmon (Baritone), Richard Savage (Baritone), Lynette Alcantara (Soprano), Karl Magnus Fredriksson (Baritone), Heinz Zednik (Spoken Vocals), Angela Kazmimierczuk (Soprano), Donna Deam (Soprano), Nicola Jenkin (Soprano), Rainer Trost (Baritone), Cheryl Studer (Soprano), Uwe Peper (Tenor), Angela Kazmimierczuk (Mezzo Soprano), Constanze Backes (Mezzo Soprano), Bo Skovhus (Baritone), Julian Clarkson (Baritone), Constanze Backes (Soprano), Bryn Terfel (Baritone), Suzanne Flowers (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1905 ; Vienna, Austria
24. I'm Seventeen Come Sunday by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Orchestra/Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir, Monteverdi Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1905-1912 ;
25. Brigg Fair by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Robert [harp] Johnston (Harp )
Orchestra/Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir, Monteverdi Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906/1911 ; England
26. Love Verses from "The Song of Solomon" by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Nicholas Robertson (Tenor), Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Lynette Alcantara (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir, Monteverdi Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1899/1931 ; England
27. The Merry Wedding "Bridal Dance" by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Nicola Jenkin (Soprano), Noel Mann, Julian Podger (Tenor), Paul Tindall (Tenor), Stephen Charlesworth (Baritone), Colin Campbell (Baritone), Constanze Backes (Mezzo Soprano), Susannah Spicer (Alto), Frances Jellard (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir, Monteverdi Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1912-1915 ; England
28. Shallow Brown by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Lynette Alcantara (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir, Monteverdi Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1910 ; England
29. Mo Ninghean Dhu by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Orchestra/Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir, Monteverdi Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
30. The Bride's Tragedy by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Orchestra/Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir, Monteverdi Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1908/1913 ; England
31. Irish Tune from County Derry "Danny Boy" by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Orchestra/Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir, Monteverdi Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1913 ; England
32. Scotch Strathspey and Reel by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Orchestra/Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir, Monteverdi Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1901-1911 ; England
33. The Lost Lady Found by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Orchestra/Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir, Monteverdi Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1905-1910 ; England
34. The Three Ravens by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Colin Campbell (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir, Monteverdi Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1902 ; England
35. Danny Deever by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Orchestra/Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir, Monteverdi Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903/1922 ; England
36. Tribute to Foster: Lullaby by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Richard Savage (Baritone), Angela Kazimierczuk, Julian Podger (Tenor), Jennifer Higgins (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir, Monteverdi Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1913/1931 ;
37. Father and Daughter by Percy Aldridge Grainger
Performer: Nicholas Robertson (Tenor), Noel Mann, Julian Podger (Tenor), Simon Davies (Tenor), Julian Clarkson (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir, Monteverdi Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1908-1909 ; England
38. Die sieben Todsünden der Kleinbürger by Kurt Weill
Performer: Christfried Biebrach (Baritone), Karl-Heinz Lampe (Tenor), James Sims (Tenor), Frédéric Martin (Bass), Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1933 ; Germany
39. Lady in the Dark: My ship by Kurt Weill
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1940 ; USA
40. Lady in the Dark: One life to live by Kurt Weill
Performer: Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1940 ; USA
41. Propaganda Songs (9): Buddy on the Nightshift by Kurt Weill
Performer: Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
42. Nanna's Lied by Kurt Weill
Performer: Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939 ; New York, USA
43. Happy End: Bilbao Song by Kurt Weill
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1929 ; Berlin, Germany
44. Happy End: Surabaya Johnny by Kurt Weill
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1929 ; Germany
45. Happy End: Das Lied von der harten Nuss by Kurt Weill
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1929 ; Berlin, Germany
46. Je ne t'aime pas by Kurt Weill
Performer: Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934 ; France
47. Propaganda Songs (9): Schickelgruber by Kurt Weill
Performer: Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
48. Der Abschiedsbrief by Kurt Weill
Performer: Bengt Forsberg (Piano), Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1933 ; Germany
49. One touch of Venus: Foolish heart by Kurt Weill
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943 ; New York, USA
50. One touch of Venus: Speak Low by Kurt Weill
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943 ; New York, USA
51. One touch of Venus: I'm a stranger here myself by Kurt Weill
Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943 ; New York, USA
52. Symphony of Psalms by Igor Stravinsky
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930/1948 ; France
53. Psalm 24 "La terre appartient à l'Éternel" by Lili Boulanger
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1916 ; Italy
54. Psalm 129 "Ils m'ont assez opprimé dès ma jeunesse" by Lili Boulanger
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1916 ; Italy
55. Vieille prière bouddhique by Lili Boulanger
Performer: Julian Podger (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1917 ; Italy
56. Psalm 130 "Du fond de l'abîme" by Lili Boulanger
Performer: Julian Podger (Tenor), Sally Bruce-Payne (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1914-1917 ; Italy
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