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The Monteverdi Choir is magnificent. Truly a wonderful recording.

Could be better

Gardner follows the eronious scholarship of Rifkin in his approach to Bach. The Choir plods along fairly well in a very uptight, nasally, British fashion. Due to the adherence to Rifkin they've stripped down the number of singers and one can hear the defects in their voices, and the lazy ending of their cadences. I was expecting more for Sir John, but the whole experience was underwhelming. -Bz


Formed: 1964 in Cambridge, England

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Monteverdi Choir, specializing in Early Music, is one of the most prestigious choirs in the world. The 1950s had seen a sudden growth of interest in Baroque and earlier music. To many, one of the characteristics of this wave of the early music movement was a careful, academic quality to performances, which therefore tended to be dry and ascetic. In March 1964 John Eliot Gardiner, then an undergraduate at Cambridge University, formed the Monteverdi Choir for a performance of Monteverdi's Vespers...
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