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Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s complete Bach Cantata now is available as a complete box set

The 56-CD SDG collection marks the first time the complete Pilgrimage recordings.

Gardiner’s Bach Cantata Pilgrimage took place in 2000, when his Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists set out to perform all of Bach’s surviving church cantatas over the course of the year – marking the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death.

Featuring the Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and solo singers Magdalena Kožená, Paul Agnew, Mark Padmore, Sara Mingardo, James Gilchrist and Peter Harvey, the collection includes 28 existing volumes from the SDG cantata series, plus four additional CDs previously released by Deutsche Grammophon. Completing the box-set is a data CD containing an index of the cantatas, sung texts with English translations and original sleeve notes. Priced at £166.60 on Amazon, only 3000 sets have been made available worldwide.

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