J S Bach - St Matthew Passion | Linn CKR313

J S Bach - St Matthew Passion

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Label: Linn

Cat No: CKR313

Barcode: 0691062031370

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 19th January 2018

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Dunedin Consort & Players


John Butt


Bach, Johann Sebastian

St Matthew Passion, BWV244


Dunedin Consort & Players


John Butt


The Dunedin Consort, under the direction of John Butt, follows its award-winning recording of The Messiah with J.S. Bach's Matthew Passion. This recording cements the Consort’s reputation as a group with particular expertise in Baroque music and performance practice.

The Dunedin Consort has established a reputation for performing familiar works from the Baroque era in ways which shed fresh light on the original performance: this new recording presents the Matthew Passion for the first time with Bach’s final revisions of scoring, as performed around 1742 (its most familiar form is the 1736 version).

John Butt and the Dunedin Consort recreate the instrumentation and vocal scoring that Bach employed to deliver a unique and historically informed recording. Most striking is the use of eight principal voices (four in each of the two choirs). Matthew Passion, one of Bach’s most celebrated choral masterpieces, is an emotional and challenging musical experience delivered with style and insight by the Dunedin Consort.

In 2007, the Dunedin Consort’s tenth anniversary year, the group reached a new level of critical acclaim, culminating in the Classic FM Gramophone Award for Messiah in the Baroque Vocal category. This is the only such award presented to a Scottish group in recent years (and the first to an ensemble that is not a Scottish National Company or BBC orchestra) and now gives the Dunedin Consort a truly international reputation. The Dunedin Consort has won praise for the natural style of their soloists ("an authoritative bass and a superb contralto" - The Guardian) and renown for the virtuosity of the singers.

Crisp singing and clear diction is matched by outstanding technical ability by the singers.” - Sunday Herald

- Nicholas Mulroy: Evangelist
- Matthew Brook: Jesus
- Susan Hamilton: Soprano
- Cecilia Osmond: Soprano
- Clare Wilkinson: Alto
- Annie Gill: Alto
- Malcolm Bennett: Tenor
- Brian Bannatyne-Scott: Bass

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