|Johann Sebastian Bach|
St John Passion, BWV245 (Johannes-Passion)
Roderick Williams (Baritone), Sophie Bevan (Soprano), Ed Lyon (Tenor), Neal Davies (Baritone), Benedict Kearns (Baritone), Toby Ward (Tenor), Iestyn Davies (Counter-Tenor), James Gilchrist (Tenor)
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
The Academy of Ancient Music
Two of England’s best-known and most successful orchestras came together to perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion: the King’s College Choir Cambridge and the Academy of Ancient Music. Under the direction of Stephen Cleobury and outstanding soloists such as Sophie Bevan and Iestyn Davies, this live recording from the College will be a very special listening experience. Captured live in 2016 during Easter celebrations at the College, it features an all-star line-up of soloists who are renowned for their handling of the repertoire, including King’s alumnus James Gilchrist as The Evangelist and Neal Davies, Cardiff Singer of the World prize-winner, as Jesus.
The St John Passion presents the dramatic narrative with a concentrated sense of urgency, in contrast to the vast proportions of the St Matthew Passion. Many of the arias are deeply reflective and expressive, none more so than ‘Es ist vollbracht!’, in which the countertenor and the viola da gamba weave their melodies in a most beguiling way. The Choir’s recent release of the Duruflé Requiem was nominated for the 2017 International Classical Music awards, while ‘Hymns from King’s’, a collection of popular hymns arranged by Stephen Cleobury, was chosen by John Suchet as a Classic FM ‘Album of the Week’.