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Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Sean Rafferty travels to Dorset to visit conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner at his organic farm. He talks about his music, farming and his life-long love passion for Bach.

For a Christmas Day edition of this series, Sean Rafferty travels to Dorset to visit the conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner at his organic farm.

John Eliot Gardiner is not only one of today's pre-eminent and most sought-after interpreters of Bach's music, but he also works a sizeable organic farm in Dorset, which includes rare Aubrac cattle. His family are rooted in this corner of Dorset and his father was one of the first truly organic farmers, and a founder member of the Soil Association.

Sean Rafferty visits the organic farm that John Eliot Gardiner calls home. This is an extended interview in which Sean talks to John Eliot Gardiner about his career at the top of the international Early Music scene, his life-long passion for Bach, travelling the globe to make music with some of the world's finest orchestras and opera companies, and the music and poetry that influenced him as a child growing up in Dorset. He also talks about the challenges of combining his life in music and farming.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata no. 63 BWV.63 (Christen, atzet diesen Tag)

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • SOLI DEO GLORIA : SDG-174.
    • SOLI DEO GLORIA.
    • 7.
  • Hector Berlioz

    L' Enfance du Christ Op.25

    Singer: José van Dam. Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: Lyon Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • ERATO : ECD-75333.
    • ERATO.
    • 3.
  • Hector Berlioz

    La Prise de Troie [Acts 1 & 2 of 'Les Troyens']

    Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Choir: Chatelet Theatre Choir. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • OPUS : Oa-0900.
    • OPUS.
    • 14.
  • William Byrd

    O magnum misterium for 4 voices

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • PHILIPS : 462-050 2.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 14.
  • Franz Lehár

    The Merry widow - operetta in 3 acts

    Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Singer: Barbara Bonney. Singer: Rainer Trost.
    • DG : 439-911 2.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 9.
  • Percy Grainger

    Scotch strathspey and reel vers. for voices & orch.

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Orchestra: English Country Gardiner Orchestra.
    • PHILIPS : 446-657-2.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 10.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony no. 8 in F major Op.93

    Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • ARCHIV 4778643.
    • ARCHIV.
    • 6.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony no. 8 in F major Op.93

    Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • ARCHIV 4778643.
    • ARCHIV.
    • 6.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Vespro della Beata Vergine [1610]

    Orchestra: Monteverdi Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Choir: Monteverdi Choir.
    • DECCA : 443-482-2.
    • DECCA.
    • 11.
  • Robert Schumann

    Das Paradies und die Peri Op.50

    • ARCHIV : 457-660-2.
    • ARCHIV.
    • 8.

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