Electrifying Beethoven in USA

Many congratulations to Askonas Holt artists Jennifer Johnston, Matthew Rose and Sir John Eliot Gardiner who have just completed the USA leg of their major Beethoven tour, following concerts in Europe.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducted the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and The Monteverdi Choir in five all-Beethoven concerts featuring the mighty Missa solemnis and the towering Symphony No.9

They were joined by soloists Elisabeth Meister, Jennifer Johnston, Michael Spyres and Matthew Rose in concerts in Chapel Hill (North Carolina), Carnegie Hall (NYC) and Costa Mesa (Orange County). 

The critics have unanimously hailed this tour as a resounding success and the concerts left audiences full of admiration for the music making they had witnessed.

Reviewing the Carnegie Hall performances Corina de Fonseca-Wollheim, writing in the New York Times, reported that “For Mr. Gardiner, that vision begins with the text. Even in the purely instrumental movements of the Ninth, there appeared to be words encrypted in the music, so declamatory and speechlike were some phrases. At other times he whipped up furiously fast tempos that left no room for the sort of ponderous self-importance that can sneak into performances of Beethoven’s music.”  Of the singers she wrote that “The English bass Matthew Rose made an authoritative entrance in the Ninth when he jumped to his feet to sing his introductory recitative. In the ‘Missa’ he showed great reserves of power and depth. Some of the most moving solo singing came from Jennifer Johnston, whose mezzo glows with unforced feeling and whose pure style fits well into the period-instrument world.” 

For the complete New York Times review, please click here

For the Bachtrack review, please click here

Share Article