About the Event
See the art of classical music at its best in this performance at Barcelona's Palau de la Música Catalana with Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Frederic Chopin was a Polish composer and pianist of the Romantic area early 19th century. He wrote primarily piano solos but also piano concerts, chamber pieces and songs set to Polish lyrics. He is well‐known as a poetic genius without competition of his generation. In fact, he created the concept of instrumental ballade and his performances were noted for their sensitivity and fine distinction. He spent most of his life in Paris, where he performed for the intimate atmospheres of salons. For most of his life, he suffered poor health. As a result, he died quite young at the age of 39, probably of tuberculosis.
- Berlioz, Hector – L'Enfance du Christ
Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique
In 1989, the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique was founded by Sir John Eliot Gardiner to bring to the music of the 19th and early 20th centuries the same stylistic accuracy found with the English Baroque Soloists.
Gardiner, Sir John Eliot
Sir John Eliot Gardiner is one of the most versatile conductors of our time. Acknowledged as a key figure in the early music revival, he is the founder and artistic director of the Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Alongside the activities with his own ensembles, John Eliot Gardiner appears regularly as guest conductor with the most important European symphony orchestras, including the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras and the London Symphony Orchestra.
The extent of John Eliot Gardiner’s repertoire is illustrated in over 250 recordings made for major European record companies (principally Deutsche Grammophon and Philips Classics), which have received numerous international awards. Over the years Gardiner has won more Gramophone awards than any other artist. Recordings include the six late masses by Haydn as well as the Santiago a Cappella CD, released on Emarcy to coincide with his Santiago Pilgrimage tour in summer 2004. Most recently he has released recordings of the Bach Cantatas from the Bach Pilgrimage tour of 2000, on his own record label Soli Deo Gloria. The first release was awarded Gramophone Record of the year in 2005.
In 1987 John Eliot Gardiner received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Lyon, and in 1996 he was nominated Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 1992 he became an Honorary Fellow of both King's College, London, and the Royal Academy of Music. He received a knighthood in the 1998 Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana