John Eliot Gardiner

The John Eliot Gardiner Collection

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Presented as a sturdy box set of 30 CDs, featuring choral, orchestral, and operatic masterpieces from the Baroque to the modern era, the John Eliot Gardiner Collection brings together some of his most acclaimed recordings for Archiv, Deutsche Grammophon, and Philips. This set marks the occasion of Gardiner's 70th birthday, and he has selected these recordings as personal favorites. The performances are representative of his work with the Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloists, the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and other artists and ensembles that have benefitted from his association and contibuted to his reputation as one of the most admired conductors of his generation. Gardiner is well-known as a champion of period practices and authentic instrumentation, and his interpretations are usually propulsive in tempo and streamlined in voicings and textures, to remove the accretions of tradition. As can be expected of a set that spans decades and offers recordings in various venues, the sound is slightly variable, reflecting the changes of technology from analog to digital sound, though the audio quality is superb in most instances.

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
The Fairy Queen
1 1:58
2 0:55
3 0:47
4 1:30
5 2:06
6 2:25
7 6:40
8 1:20
9 1:54
10 0:49
11 1:04
12 1:33
13 0:27
14 0:43
15 1:43
16 4:17
17 1:11
18 1:58
19 3:20
20 1:52
21 1:30
22 8:02
23 2:03
24 0:50
25 1:28
26 5:10
27 3:56
28 3:13
29 0:57
30 2:08
31 0:58

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
The Fairy Queen
1 6:11
2 2:06
3 1:56
4 0:34
5 4:19
6 1:58
7 1:39
8 3:03
9 3:22
10 1:02
11 1:07
12 2:39
13 7:42
14 1:10
15 1:12
16 5:43
17 1:37
18 1:54
19 1:03
20 2:06
21 2:51
22 2:07
23 0:31
24 1:58
25 1:25
26 0:44
27 1:10
28 1:30
29 1:10
30 2:33

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244
1 6:58
2 0:35
3 0:38
4 2:51
5 0:52
6 4:13
7 0:35
8 4:42
9 1:54
10 0:42
11 2:33
12 1:17
13 2:56
14 0:52
15 0:50
16 0:51
17 0:51
18 1:27
19 1:57
20 4:56
21 0:37
22 0:53
23 4:01
24 1:07
25 0:57
26 2:25
27 5:27
28 1:48
29 6:01

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244
1 3:29
2 0:52
3 0:38
4 1:01
5 1:15
6 3:33
7 1:54
8 0:42
9 2:18
10 6:43
11 0:53
12 1:43
13 2:52
14 2:01
15 0:57
16 2:08
17 0:38
18 0:14
19 1:04
20 5:18
21 1:50
22 0:56
23 6:48

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244
1 1:00
2 1:46
3 0:52
4 0:31
5 6:06
6 3:25
7 1:25
8 3:17
9 2:03
10 1:08
11 2:27
12 1:57
13 5:57
14 2:30
15 1:36
16 5:09

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Jeptha, HWV 70
1 5:12
2 1:23
3 2:51
4 2:54
5 0:52
6 4:06
7 4:58
8 3:50
9 4:14
10 7:27
11 1:56
12 4:34
13 4:57
14 0:52
15 3:32
16 0:26
17 4:38

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Jeptha, HWV 70
1 1:14
2 3:12
3 4:14
4 4:42
5 6:27
6 2:31
7 1:30
8 3:52
9 4:59
10 0:57
11 2:19
12 1:47
13 3:12
14 1:20
15 3:31
16 3:26
17 8:03

Track Listing - Disc 10

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Jeptha, HWV 70
1 3:02
2 4:30
3 6:27
4 3:49
5 2:44
6 1:00
7 3:59
8 1:28
9 3:23
10 2:21
11 2:15
12 3:37
13 2:59
14 0:18

Track Listing - Disc 11

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Iphigénie en Tauride
1 7:04
2 6:30
3 4:27
4 2:52
5 3:09
6 3:56
7 2:38
8 2:35
9 3:58
10 2:26
11 2:12
12 2:49
13 5:45
14 4:28
15 4:36

Track Listing - Disc 12

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Iphigénie en Tauride
1 5:17
2 4:08
3 4:38
4 2:20
5 3:34
6 2:04
7 3:53
8 4:02
9 1:59
10 4:27
11 3:31
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