Gabriel Jackson - The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ | Delphian DCD34222

Gabriel Jackson - The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

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Label: Delphian

Cat No: DCD34222

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 29th March 2019

Contents

Artists

Emma Tring (soprano)
Guy Cutting (tenor)
Choir of Merton College, Oxford
Oxford Contemporary Sinfonia

Conductor

Benjamin Nicholas

Works

Jackson, Gabriel

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Artists

Emma Tring (soprano)
Guy Cutting (tenor)
Choir of Merton College, Oxford
Oxford Contemporary Sinfonia

Conductor

Benjamin Nicholas

About

Strikingly coloured and richly imaginative, Gabriel Jackson’s re-telling of the age-old story of Christ’s betrayal and crucifixion interweaves biblical narrative, English poetry and Latin hymns, culminating in a rare setting of poetry by T.S. Eliot – himself an alumnus of Merton College, Oxford, which commissioned the present work as part of its extensive Merton Choirbook project.

Shorter items from the Choirbook have featured on previous Delphian releases by the choir; now, The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ is revealed as one of the project’s crowning glories.

Under the direction of longtime Jackson collaborator Benjamin Nicholas, and with soloists and instrumentalists hand-picked by the composer, it receives here a performance to match the work’s own harrowing drama and dark ecstasy.

Reviews

A 10-piece ensemble, dominated by the glitter of harp, percussion and high woodwind, gives the work its dramatic scope, by turns taut and lean and then thickly spread, rich with melodic embroidery. The arresting opening ... sets the tone for a work whose chant-inflected lines and modal tonality speak directly and unaffectedly. ... With no Evangelist figure, the Passion narrative passes more fluidly between two soloists (soprano Emma Tring and tenor Guy Cutting) and the main choral body. Storytelling is contemplative rather than slavishly dramatic – a meditation on action, rather than action itself.  Alexandra Coghlan
Gramophone April 2019
Gramophone Award Winner

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