John Eliot Gardiner leads the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and the Monteverdi Choir at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY on November 17, 2012. Melanie Burford for NPR hide caption

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This rare portrait of Bach, by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, hung in John Eliot Gardiner's home during World War II. courtesy of William H. Scheide, Princeton, N.J. hide caption

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Take a guided tour through the 'St. Matthew Passion'

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Mozart's Last Symphony: The Giant 'Jupiter'

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Beethoven's Famous 4 Notes: Truly Revolutionary Music

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Conductor John Eliot Gardiner has strong opinions about Beethoven. /Chris Christodoulou hide caption

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 7

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Simplicity, it turns out, is the secret to the success of Handel's ever-popular "Hallelujah Chorus." istockphoto hide caption

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Hear What Makes The 'Hallelujah Chorus' So Great

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Ted Libbey And Fred Child Recommend Monteverdi's Vespers

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Ted Libbey And Fred Child Recommend Handel's 'Water Music'

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Ted Libbey And Fred Child Recommend Gustav Holst's The Planets

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Ted Libbey And Fred Child Recommend Handel's Messiah

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Mondnacht

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