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. For a music lover equipped with a time machine one of the first destinations would have to be the city of leipzig in the 1720s over the course of several years in the st thomas church you could hear a new and thrillingly inventive cantata by johann sebastian bach every sunday. Music in the castle of heaven a portrait of johann sebastian bach by john eliot l overs of bach have many reasons to be grateful to sir john eliot gardiner. Gardiners bach biography david jones wrote december 20 2013 ive ordered gardiners bach biography after missing the release date somehow but after reading a sample at amazon i have the sneaking suspicion that it is a thickened version of his very informative liner notes from the cantata series
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