Founded by John Eliot Gardiner as part of the breakaway period instrument movement of the 1960s, the Monteverdi Choir has always focused on bringing a new perspective to its repertoire. With a combination of consummate choral technique and historically-informed performance practice, its real difference as an ensemble lies in its ability to communicate music to audiences worldwide. The Choir goes beyond the music, seeking to make the visual impact of its performance enhance the experience, even exploiting the venues themselves in the search for immediacy and drama. This approach has led the Monteverdi Choir to be consistently acclaimed over the past 50 years as one of the best choirs in the world. Amongst a number of trailblazing tours was the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in 2000, during which the Choir performed all 198 of J. S. Bach’s sacred cantatas in more than 60 churches throughout Europe and America. The entire project, recorded by the company’s record label Soli Deo Gloria, was hailed as, “one of the most ambitious musical projects of all time” by Gramophone magazine. The Monteverdi Choir has over 150 recordings to its name and has won numerous prizes. The Choir is also committed to training future generations of singers through the Monteverdi Apprentices Programme. Many Apprentices go on to become full members of the Choir, and former Choir members have also gone on to enjoy successful solo careers.
Bach, J.S.: St. John Passion, BWV 245
English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir, John Eliot Gardiner
Beethoven: Symphony No.9 "Choral"
Luba Orgonasova, Anne Sofie von Otter, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Gilles Cachemaille, Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner
Lehár: Die lustige Witwe
Cheryl Studer, Barbara Bonney, Rainer Trost, Bo Skovhus, Bryn Terfel, Wiener Philharmoniker, Monteverdi Choir, John Eliot Gardiner
Bach, J.S.: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner