Bach - St John Passion (in English) | Chandos CHSA51832

Bach - St John Passion (in English)

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHSA51832

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 31st March 2017

Contents

Artists

Sophie Bevan (soprano)
Robin Blaze (countertenor)
Benjamin Hulett (tenor)
Robert Murray (tenor)
Andrew Ashwin (baritone)
Neal Davies (bass-baritone)
Ashley Riches (bass-baritone)
Peter Jaekel (organ)
Crouch End Festival Chorus
Bach Camerata

Conductor

David Temple

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

St John Passion, BWV245 (in English)

Artists

Sophie Bevan (soprano)
Robin Blaze (countertenor)
Benjamin Hulett (tenor)
Robert Murray (tenor)
Andrew Ashwin (baritone)
Neal Davies (bass-baritone)
Ashley Riches (bass-baritone)
Peter Jaekel (organ)
Crouch End Festival Chorus
Bach Camerata

Conductor

David Temple

About

For its very first excursion on Chandos, the Crouch End Festival Chorus presents a landmark recording of J.S. Bach’s St John Passion sung in English – the first for over forty-five years.

With communicative zeal, beautiful articulation, and focused energy, this choir of more than 100 voices lends precision and power to the performance alongside the instruments of the Bach Camerata, one of the finest UK baroque orchestras, all under the inspired direction of David Temple.

The essence of the work is the conveying of a human story underpinned by the universal themes of love, betrayal, loss, and hope. The performance in English allows the drama and visceral energy of the work to go straight to the heart of the English-speaking listener. The narrative is immediately understood, and the power of the storytelling imbues Bach’s music with extra freshness and meaning.

Thanks to an array of superb soloists and orchestral musicians, the new recording brings those qualities together in a performance which will present a well-loved piece in a completely new light, and appeal to existing and future generations of music-lovers alike.

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