P1416. JORGE BOLET: My Joys (Chopin-Liszt); w.John Eliot Gardiner Cond. Orchestre national de Lyon: Wanderer Fantasy (Schubert-Liszt), Live Performance, 21 Aug., 1987, Montpellier; w.Erich Leinsdorf Cond. Boston Symphony Orch.: Fantasie über Motive aus Beethoven's Ruinen von Athen (Liszt); Parergon on Symphonia Domestica (Strauss), Live Performance, 9 Aug., 1964, Tanglewood. [An exceptionally unexpected Bolet treasure of equally rarified programming!]
(Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-1265. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
"Bolet was a master of color and texture and had a world-class technique, all still evident here at the end of his life. This abounds in colors and subtle voicings."
- James Harrington, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, March / April, 2011
“Accomplished British conductor John Eliot Gardiner is noted for founding and directing the Monteverdi Choir in 1964 and its complement Monteverdi Orchestra in 1968. Although he conducted all types of music, he is a renowned authority in a variety of 17th and 18th century styles, and conducted Gluck's ALCESTE for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and IPHIGENIE ENTAURIDE at Covent Garden in 1973. He founded the English Baroque Soloists in 1977, which he conducted in performances that featured original instruments of the Baroque era. Gardiner appeared in many of the major music centers of the world as a guest conductor. He was made an officer of the Ordre des Artes et des Lettres in 1988, and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1989 in recognition of his long, illustrious, and varied career. Tim Page of THE NEW YORK TIMES wrote, ‘Mr.Gardiner transcends syntax and goes directly to the heart of the music’.
- Gardiner prided himself on transcending academic concerns in music, but proved that he had an aptitude for scholarship when preparing new editions of Jean Philippe Rameau's DARDANUS, LES FETES D'HEBE, and LES BOREADES for London concert performances between 1973-75. In order to mark the tenth anniversary of the Monteverdi Choir on April 19, 1975, Gardiner conducted Rameau's final opera, LES BOREADES, in London's Queen Elizabeth Hall for the first performance in modern times. LES BOREADES was subsequently presented as a fully staged production at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 1982. By the late 1970s, Gardiner and his ensembles were in great demand throughout the United States and Europe. The Monteverdi Orchestra was renamed the English Baroque Soloists in 1978 after switching to original-period instruments.
In 1989 Gardiner celebrated the silver anniversary of the Monteverdi Choir with an international tour that included the Unites States, India, Japan, and Australia. Gardiner also conducted the Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in London in 1989, in the premier of a new version of Debussy's LA MER, as edited by Marie Rolf. A year later, he introduced with little acclaim a new period-instrument orchestra called the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique that was identical in personnel to the English Baroque Soloists. As a guest conductor, Gardiner led symphony orchestras in Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Toronto, Montréal, and Detroit. He also led the New York Philharmonic, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's, with whom he made his Carnegie Hall debut in November 1988. In Europe he conducted the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the Oslo Philharmonic.”
- B. Kimberly Taylor