Handel - Brockes-Passion | Alpha ALPHA644

Handel - Brockes-Passion

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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA644

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 12th March 2021

Contents

Artists

Sandrine Piau (soprano)
Stuart Jackson (tenor)
Konstantin Krimmel (baritone)
Arcangelo

Conductor

Jonathan Cohen

Works

Handel, George Frideric

Brockes Passion, HWV48

Artists

Sandrine Piau (soprano)
Stuart Jackson (tenor)
Konstantin Krimmel (baritone)
Arcangelo

Conductor

Jonathan Cohen

About

Barthold Heinrich Brockes wrote a libretto on the Passion of Christ – based on the account in Matthew’s Gospel – which was set to music by many composers of his time, including Reinhard Keiser, Georg Philip Telemann and George Frideric Handel. It is Handel’s version of the latter that the period-instrument ensemble Arcangelo has chosen to present here. Under the direction of Jonathan Cohen, these specialists in the Baroque repertory are joined by the voices of Sandrine Piau, whose numerous Handel recordings are regarded as a benchmark, the tenor Stuart Jackson and the baritone Konstantin Krimmel, recently revealed in a debut recital for Alpha (Saga, ALPHA549). Together they resurrect the operatic splendour of a work that was first performed in 1719 and is thought to have influenced numerous passages of J.S. Bach’s St John Passion, written a few years later.

“One to watch” – Ivan Hewitt, Daily Telegraph

“Stuart Jackson shone, as did Konstantin Krimmel” – The Arts Desk

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Reviews

Cohen’s new studio version can’t match the AAM documentation, but I prefer his principal soloists: Sandrine Piau, radiant as the Daughter of Zion; Stuart Jackson, outstanding as the Evangelist; and Konstantin Krimmel as a dramatic Jesus. The “chorus” is an eight-strong consort. The drama moves with momentum and the textures are more lucid and rhythmically crisper.  Hugh Canning (Album of the Week)
The Sunday Times 21 March 2021

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