J. E. Gardiner

Today’s classical news is not unexpected:

He has always been known to have a temper and I know a leading baroque musician who has refused to work with him for years. Unfortunately most cannot afford or risk to turn him down.

Worse, we have tickets (and they were expensive) for his second London date on his 80th birthday tour, the first being the B Minor Mass and it was tremendous.

The website shows conductor “to be confirmed”. So if anyone fancies giving it a go …

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Yeah, I was shocked when I heard about the incident.

It will be a while before he’s asked to conduct again if ever.

Kind of taints some of the recordings he’s made that I really really like.

Wonderful musician, exquisite conductor- especially of Bach - and author of a superb book on Bach.


He really is the world’s leading authority on Bach and because he pulls in the absolute best singers and performers, his shows are generally fantastic. This temper has been an issue for years and he crossed the line, so @kerosene it’s no surprise.

One of the best shows we ever saw was his team as above plus an additional choir doing Orfee et Euridice at Covent Garden, with Juan Diego Florez in the lead role and choreography by Hofesh Schechter. The production was for the Royal Opera and recorded at La Scala.

Not to be confused with the version he did with Pina Bausch in Paris, which is also on video.