Tuesday, 26 March 2013

A trio of Passions

Bach Passion - manuscript
If you are in London on Good Friday (29 March 2013), then there is the chance to hear one of a trio of Bach passion performances with some very strong performers. At St. Johns Smith Square, Polyphony and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment perform Bach's St John Passion with Ian Bostridge, Neal Davies, Julia Doyle, Iestyn Davies, Nicholas Mulroy and Robert Davies. There is another St. John Passion at the Barbican Centre with Richard Egarr directing the Academy of Ancient Music and the choir of the Academy of Ancient Music with James Gilchrist, Matthew Rose, Elizabeth Watts, Sarah Connolly, Andrew Kennedy, and Christopher Purves. 

Over at St. George's Church, Hanover Square, Lawrence Cummings conducts the choir of St. George's Hanover Square and the London Handel Orchestra in the annual performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion. This is performed in the context of Lutheran Vespers, as Bach would have known it, with a sermon coming between parts one and two. The soloists this year are Nathan Vale, George Humphreys, Stefanie True, Tim Mead and Lukas Jakobski.

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