"...There are few Choral works with such mighty architecture, and few conductors with the vision to communicate it better than Gardiner, and in more than sketched form. His soloists are perfectly integrated, not too ’operatic’, and choir and orchestra deliver a fearsomely good reading in this live performance from the Barbican in 2012. Not just a great record, but a great musical experience." ****
Biran Morton - Choir & Organ magazine - July/August 2014
Music ****(Very Good) Sound *****(Excellent)
Marcus Stäbler - Fono Forum magazine - March 2014
Performance ***** Recording ****
Misha Donat - BBC Music magazine - April 2014
"It takes a conductor of extraordinary courage and confidence in his forces to contemplate offering a ive recording of this famously unperformable work, but here is such a thing. Gardiner’s virtuoso forces ... really deliver the goods in heroic proportions... I really have enjoyed it much more on each listening."
David Hansell - Early Music Review - Feburayr 20014
"Nothing short of rapid-fire choral entries will do, and the Monteverdi sopranos duly shone in their ecstatic embrace of the stratosphere." *****
The Financial Times
"...Performed to perfection and brought into new, terrifying life." *****
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