The Nobel Prize Concert 2008 was a world-class event featuring a marvellous array of performers: Sir John Eliot Gardiner, one of today's most respected conductors, his legendary Monteverdi Choir with the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as an ensemble of dazzling and renowned soloists.
Bonus: Interview with Sir John Eliot Gardiner about the concert and repertoire and Nobel Prize Laureates talking about their relationship with music.
"This version seems to me superior in almost every respect to the others cited above. Karajan's smooth surface irons out much of the diversity of feeling in the music (DG), and Harnoncourt's reading (Teldec), though it has strong and thoughtful things in it, often seems unnaturally striving for effect. The new record seems to me one of the best that Gardiner has made for a long time and may be confidently recommended."Gramophone [Mozart Mass in C minor, Philips, 1988]
“Choosing repertoire to celebrate the 2008 Nobel laureates must be a daunting task. The excitability of Eliot Gardiner's approach to the Dvorák is evident in a marvellously gripping opening to the Symphony and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic respond with verve. Mozart's great Mass brings together the Monteverdi Choir and the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir. ...the two choirs are well matched and produce a thrillingly hard-edged sound in the contrapuntal set pieces. With excellent soloists this performance resonates with the inspiration appropriate to this most special of occasions.”
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