OP0402. IDOMENEO, Live Performance, 1991, w. Gardiner Cond. Monteverdi Choir & English Baroque Soloists; Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Anne Sofie von Otter, Sylvia McNair, etc. (Germany) 3-Archiv DG 431 674, w.Elaborate Libretto-Brochure. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 028943167420
“John Eliot Gardiner's period performance of IDOMENEO leaves all the others in the shade. He records everything that Mozart composed for IDOMENEO, consigning what wasn't in the Munich premiere to appendices that can be programmed in. It has a tingling sense of raw-edged drama and keen expressiveness. His cast is led by Anthony Rolfe-Johnson as a light toned but authoritative King of Crete; Anne Sofie von Otter is a touching Idamante, Sylvia McNair an ethereal Ilia, and the choral singing of the Monteverdi Choir is superb.”
- The Guardian
"Gardiner's work, as founder and artistic director of the Monteverdi Choir (MC), English Baroque Soloists (EBS) and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (ORR), has marked him out as a key figure both in the early music revival and as a pioneer of historically informed performances.
As a regular guest of the world’s leading symphony orchestras, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Gardiner conducts repertoire from the 17th to the 20th centuries. He was awarded the Concertgebouw Prize in January 2016.
The extent of Gardiner’s repertoire is illustrated in the extensive catalogue of award-winning recordings with his own ensembles and leading orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic on major labels (including Decca, Philips, Erato and 30 recordings for Deutsche Grammophon), as wide-ranging as Mozart, Schumann, Berlioz, Elgar and Kurt Weill, in addition to works by Renaissance and Baroque composers. His many recording accolades include two GRAMMY awards and he has received more Gramophone Awards than any other living artist.
Gardiner has also conducted opera productions; at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, at the Vienna State Opera and at Teatro alla Scala, Milan. From 1983 to 1988 he was artistic director of Opéra de Lyon, where he founded its new orchestra."
- Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra