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Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Temple, Crouch End Festival Chorus, Bach Camerata

Release Date: 04/21/2017 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 5183  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Neal DaviesAndrew AshwinSophie BevanBenjamin Hulett,   ... 
Conductor:  David Temple
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Crouch End Festival ChorusBach Camerata
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For its very first excursion on Chandos, the Crouch End Festival Chorus presents a landmark recording of J.S. Bach's St. John Passion sung in English - the first for over forty-five years. With communicative zeal, beautiful articulation, and focused energy, this choir of more than 100 voices lends precision and power to the performance alongside the instruments of the Bach Camerata, one of the finest UK baroque orchestras, all under the inspired direction of David Temple. The essence of the work is the conveying of a human story underpinned by the universal themes of love, betrayal, loss, and hope. The performance in English allows the drama and visceral energy of the work to go straight to the heart of the English-speaking listener. The Read more narrative is immediately understood, and the power of the storytelling imbues Bach's music with extra freshness and meaning. Thanks to an array of superb soloists and orchestral musicians, the new recording brings those qualities together in a performance which will present a well-loved piece in a completely new light, and appeal to existing and future generations of music-lovers alike.



One will struggle to find more committed, well-balanced, agile and crisp singing than that of the Crouch End Festival Chorus, who are on top form throughout. Frankly none of the soloists could be bettered, nor the superb continuo team. Congratulations to all concerned on producing such a buoyant, absorbing, and sonically thrilling recording.

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Works on This Recording

Saint John Passion, BWV 245 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Neal Davies (Bass), Andrew Ashwin (Baritone), Sophie Bevan (Soprano),
Benjamin Hulett (Tenor), Robert Murray (Tenor), Robin Blaze (Countertenor),
Ashley Riches (Bass)
Conductor:  David Temple
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Crouch End Festival Chorus,  Bach Camerata
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 

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