Bob Chilcott - St John Passion
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Cat No: SIGCD412
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 9th March 2015
ArtistsLaurie Ashworth (soprano)
Ed Lyon (tenor)
Darren Jeffery (bass-baritone)
Neal Davies (bass)
Jonathan Vaughn (organ)
Wells Cathedral Choir
Bob Chilcott’s mighty setting of words from St John’s Gospel is a dramatic yet optimistic retelling of the Passiontide story. The work combines 13th and 17th century English poetry with the King James Bible text settings and, as with Bach’s great Passion settings, the role of the Evangelist is taken by the tenor soloist, who provides a melodious narrative throughout.
Including 5 well-known hymn texts set to new, original melodies, the work further confirms Chilcott’s status as one of the world’s most popular active choral composers.
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