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Musica Sacra - Bach: St John Passion / Cleobury

Release Date: 11/10/2009 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 93942   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg ConsortCambridge King's College Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There is much to commend this set and it would be well worth seeking out even at three times the price. As can be seen, the cast is a star-studded group of fine singers and instrumentalists who are very much a part of the early music business. Also it should be noted that the chorus from Kings College Cambridge is an all male choir and therefore has boys on the top part, a rarity amongst versions elsewhere. These boys are excellent as you would expect and their sound seems just right, especially in the chorales. Although I must admit that the ladies of the Scholars have such an unimpeachably pure tone that it is almost impossible to tell them apart from the boys... I can only repeat what I wrote above, that if you like the modern approach Read more to Bach on original instruments this will prove to be a very enjoyable and enriching recording.

-- Gary Higginson, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

Saint John Passion, BWV 245 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg Consort,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 

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