11/3/13 Sir John Eliot Gardiner in the Auditori de Barcelona

The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists orchestra will perform the Mass in B minor by Bach, under the baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, in the Auditori de Barcelona on Tuesday March 26 at 21h. You cannot miss one of the most spectacular events of the year!

Sir John Eliot Gardiner is one of the most versatile directors of our time, and works regularly with leading orchestras such as the London Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw, Bayerischer Rundfunk and the Czech Philharmonic.

Known as a key figure in the early music revival in the last four decades, Gardiner is the founder and artistic director of the la Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir, recently voted “best choir in the world”. They have performed in numerous and ambitious large-scale tours, including the famous Bach’s Cantata Pilgrimage. In 2013, they paid homage to Bach in a “Bach Marathon” day at the Royal Albert Hall. They recently played the “Solemnis Mass” from Beethoven in an extensive international tour that included venues such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Palace of Arts (Budapest) and the Konzerthaus (Vienna), amongst others.

Gardiner’s extensive repertoire is reflected in the 250 discs recorded with major labels and numerous international awards he has won, including the Gramophone Award for Special Achievement by the live recording of the complete church cantatas of JS Bach.

In recognition of his work, John Eliot Gardiner has received numerous international awards and honorary doctorates from the University of Lyon, the Conservatory of Music in New England and the University of Cremona.

Monteverdi choir

The Monteverdi Choir, founded in 1964, is famous for its passionate, committed, and virtuosic singing. Over the past forty five years it has been consistently acclaimed as one of the best choirs in the world, noted for its ability to switch composer, language, and idiom with complete stylistic conviction. The Choir is also a fertile training ground for future generations of choral and solo singers. Choir members often step out to sing solo parts and many former choristers have gone on to spectacular solo careers. Since 2007, the Monteverdi Apprentice Scheme has added an exciting new dimension to it’s profile.

The Choir has undertaken a number of trail-blazing tours. The most ambitious was the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in 2000 during which they performed all 198 of JS Bach’s sacred cantatas in more than 60 churches throughout Europe, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death.

Further engagements this year include the “Bach Marathon”, an entire day of Bach at the Royal Albert Hall in London, followed by a series of Bach concerts (St John Passion, B Minor mass, Easter and Ascension Oratorios and more) in Lucerne, Barcelona, Cologne, Paris, Aldeburgh, Braunschweig and Versailles.

The orchestra

The English Baroque Soloists is considered one of the world’s foremost orchestras in the field of period instruments. With its broad repertoire, ranging from Monteverdi to Mozart and Haydn, the group is equally comfortable playing chamber music, symphonic or operatic, and his warm and incisive way of interpreting is easily recognizable.

The Orchestra has performed in many of the most important places in the world, including La Scala in Milan, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Sydney Opera House. During the 90’s they have performed seven operas of Mozart and his symphonies and recorded all their complete concerts cycle of piano. His last recordings with his own record label (Soli Deo Gloria) have received international recognition – including Brandenburg Concerts discs and Symphonies 39 & 41 by Mozart.