Recorded before Sir Stephen Cleobury's untimely passing in November 2019, King's College presents a new account of one of the greatest masterpieces in sacred music - Bach's St. Matthew Passion. For this recording, Cleobury leads the Choir of King's College, Cambridge and the Academy of Ancient Music alongside some of the finest British singers performing today, including one of the finest Evangelists of our time, James Gilchrist. The album is accompanied by a booklet with over 60 pages of texts and photographs, including a full translation by Michael Marissen and a specially commissioned essay by John Butt.
King’s has outstanding singers as Evangelist (James Gilchrist) and JesusRead more (Matthew Rose). David Allsopp’s singing of [Erbarme Dich] is also a highlight.
Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244by Johann Sebastian Bach Performer:
William Gaunt (Bass),
David Allsopp (Countertenor),
Sophie Bevan (Soprano),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor),
James Gilchrist (Tenor)
Academy of Ancient Music,
Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque Written: Circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
The Choir of King's College, Bach's St. Matthew PApril 30, 2020By LAWRENCE H. (Cincinnati, OH)See All My Reviews"I loved this recording of the Academy of Ancient Music, directed by Sir Stephen Cleobury in The King's College Chapel. You actually feel you're inside the chapel listening to this recording which is a 3 disc hybrid SACD (5.1 channel surround-sound/high resolution/stereo recording/compatible with all CD players). I cannot add anything to this review as the director, choir, soloists and place are all known worldwide and have had outstanding reviews with which I totally agree. This brought back memories from years ago when my teacher, a pupil of Marcel Dupre in Paris, was the organist at a cathedral and symphony orchestra in my hometown, directing this work at his church. It was a very emotional experience for me at that time. This 2020 recording at Kings College Chapel brings a live performance sound again for me. Have recently purchased the SACD of Stephen Cleobury's recording on the significant 2016 restoration of the Harrison and Harrison organ in this chapel and also a DVD of the 1954/2000 recordings of Carols From Kings, also in DTS true surround-sound. All three recordings are very enjoyable in my opinion as I'm addicted to surround sound whether in movies or music. Stereo to me sounds anemic in comparison. I don't think a Blu-ray release would help the sound quality, but I enjoy musical recordings more when I can also see the performers. Saw a YouTube video of part of this album, so they probably have video of the whole performance - don't know - but I too would also like a BD release."Report Abuse
Crystal Clear RecordingMarch 22, 2020By P. Rafanello (Warwick, NY)See All My Reviews"Im a big fan of The Choir of Kings College, and this recording is a winner. Comes with a 60 page booklet detailing the process. Hey, how about a Blu-Ray release?"Report Abuse