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Bach: St John Passion / Parrott, Taverner Consort

Release Date: 09/10/2002 
Label:  Virgin Classics Veritas Catalog #: 45096   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David ThomasTessa BonnerRogers Covey-CrumpEmily van Evera,   ... 
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner ConsortTaverner Players
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Andrew Parrott’s recordings of Bach’s sacred music are an acquired taste. His approach is at one extreme in the wide range of ways to interpret and record these works. Parrott is one of the leading proponents of the one-voice-per-part (OVPP) style, which states that Bach had no access to the kind of huge choirs we now often hear performing these works, and settled for one, or, at best, two singers for each of the parts in the choir (soprano, alto, tenor, bass)... [I]t is not only feasible, but that it can be musically satisfying, if listeners can only rid themselves of preconceptions and habits as to how they feel the music can be performed and heard... The intensity of the opening choral movement of the St John Passion, or of the Read more penultimate movement of the same work, does not suffer greatly from the smaller forces. What is lost in quantity is gained in the magnificent texture. Since there is a fine balance between the smaller vocal forces and the instrumental forces, the works sound like "chamber" versions of what most listeners know as massive choral works... Rogers Covey-Crump is a brilliant evangelist in the St. John Passion... While a bit unorthodox, Andrew Parrott is certainly one of the essential figures in recordings of Bach’s sacred music...

-- Kirk McElhearn, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

Saint John Passion, BWV 245 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David Thomas (Bass), Tessa Bonner (Soprano), Rogers Covey-Crump (Tenor),
Emily van Evera (Soprano), Caroline Trevor (Alto)
Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Players
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1990 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studio 1, London, England 
Length: 109 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: German 

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