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John Eliot Gardiner
John Eliot Gardiner Published in September 19, 2018, 7:03 pm
 The John Eliot Gardiner Collection  (DG box set):Maskedking

The John Eliot Gardiner Collection (DG box set):Maskedking

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egm Reply to on 1 March 2014
for the first time I will make a review: It is a mistake to give this set two stars. I am not in any way an expert in this field, but Mr. Gardiner is an expert in his field. This is in all ways an excellent collection.
Miles Plastic
Miles Plastic Reply to on 24 May 2018
I have to agree with Mr O'Hanlon not about Gardiner specifically but about period performance in general. I was drawn into the trend for this type of performance years ago so owned many of these recordings. Most of them I find underwhelming now that the novelty has worn off and I never play them. I was listening to a Mozart symphony recently by another period practitioner, Trevor Pinnock, and I switched it off after a few minutes. It sounded like it had been recorded in a bathroom and was played through a transistor radio. The bass was none existent. I have now repurchased modern instrument performances of these symphonies which for all their faults still sound better than the period ones. Bathrooms are for performing ablutions, not Mozart.
Mr S. E. Weeks
Mr S. E. Weeks Reply to on 6 June 2014
Rude review. The 2star review with the chirpy style is quite inappropriately written. Respect is due by all accounts, and this prompts me to add my own. I have long been in awe of Bach as a player and a listener, but Sir John Eliot Gardiner has helped me understand the context and mechanics of these wonderful works through the book, "Music in the Castle of Heaven", and through a series of well balanced performances and recordings that have opened up pieces that I had not enjoyed before.
islandmusiclover Reply to on 8 March 2014
The earlier 2 star review is in exceeding bad taste. How anyone can put JEG down in this way is from another planet. I wholeheartedly recommend ANYTHING he does to the listener.
Bernard Michael O'Hanlon
Bernard Michael O'Hanlon Reply to on 16 May 2013
What with the arrival of this Jeggy retrospective, those among us who place a premium on brisk efficiency and freeze-dried spirituality are in clover. It is an enduring source of wonder that a conductor who operates in such a restrictive emotional sphere has made as many recordings as what he has: all power to the Duke of Dorset!

The inclusions in this box are known quantities (I have yet to summon the stamina to tackle Jeggy's Purcell and Gluck). His recording of Monteverdi's Vespers is the pride of the pale fleet and rightly so: its fame will endure. As an astute man said to me recently: Johann Sebastian Bach is a thoroughly Germanic phenomenon and we ignore it at our own peril. In the Matthew Passion, Jeggy never gets a chance to find `true Berlin' in this dynamic: the finishing-line beckons. In recompense, one can admire his clean pair of heels. Mention should also be made of his recording of the Missa Solemnis; it's about as spiritual as a frozen pizza but all the notes are certainly there and how quickly they whiz past!

In a parallel universe, yours truly would be allowed to assemble his own Jeggy retrospective. In addition to some of the inclusions in the current box, it would encompass:

His Haydn-ification of Bruckner's D Minor Mass - a rare instance where the Vienna Philharmonic sounds tentative in this domain and who can blame them?
Jeggy's survey of Haydn's late masses. Praised be that which dehydrates us!
Jeggy's recording of the Messiah where he first broadcast his trademark `Brisk Efficiency' to the world.
Jeggy's performance of the Linz Symphony on Philips. Far more than the Alamogordo test site, the finale is ground-zero.
His comic, sorry, cosmic survey of Brahms' symphonies on his private label. Spruce woodwind carry the day . . . . . or do they?
Jeggy's recent survey of Mozart's last three symphonies. To have learnt nothing.

It is an impressive record in its own way. With moths amassing in the wings, I wonder whether Jeggy's real significance might lie in another realm: as a counter to global warming.

Happy Birthday Jeggy! At the Festival of the Supreme Clipped Phrase, your fame endureth forever.
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