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Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Bevan, Gilchrist, Cleobury, Academy of Ancient Music

Choir Of King's College Cambridge
Release Date: 03/27/2020 
Label:  King's College Choir   Catalog #: 37  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  William GauntDavid AllsoppSophie BevanMark Le Brocq,   ... 
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient MusicCambridge King's College Choir
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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.

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REVIEW:

King’s has outstanding singers as Evangelist (James Gilchrist) and Jesus
Read more (Matthew Rose). David Allsopp’s singing of [Erbarme Dich] is also a highlight.

– Sunday Times (UK) Read less

Works on This Recording

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Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  William Gaunt (Bass), David Allsopp (Countertenor), Sophie Bevan (Soprano),
Mark Le Brocq (Tenor), James Gilchrist (Tenor)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: Circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 The Choir of King's College, Bach's St. Matthew P April 30, 2020 By 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 King’s 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 Recording March 22, 2020 By P. Rafanello (Warwick, NY) See All My Reviews "I’m a big fan of The Choir of King’s 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
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