B ach might be john eliot gardiners godfather a few centuries removed gardiner actually grew up under the eye of the bewigged lutheran cantor a portrait of him had been entrusted to gardiners parents who raised their brood with sung graces at mealtimes and traditional country dances afterwards for safekeeping during the war. Not to proclaim that an authors first book will necessarily stand as his magnum opus but it is hard to imagine what the english maestro john eliot gardiner 70 might do to surpass bach music in the castle of heaven in its commitment scope and comprehensiveness true as mr gardiner . Music in the castle of heaven a portrait of johann sebastian bach by john eliot gardiner allen lane 629pp telegraph offer price 26 plus 135 pp rrp 30 call 0844 871 1515 or see bookstelegraphcouk. But i have not yet read john eliot gardiners music in the castle of heaven today one of my students gave me a copy as a gift ive been aware of this book for some time now and am anxious to begin it. John eliot gardiner is one of the worlds leading conductors not only of baroque music but across the whole repertoire he founded the monteverdi choir and orchestra the orchestre de lopeacutera de lyon the english baroque soloists and the orchestre reacutevolutionnaire et romantique
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