Thursday 28 March 2013

Another Trio of Passions

Further Good Friday performances of Bach's passions have caught my eye. In Dublin, at the National Concert Hall there is a performance of Bach's St John Passion with Mark Wilde, Nicholas Merryweather, Sarah Power, Sharon Carty, Eamonn Mulhall and Gavan Ring with the RTE Philharmonic Choir and RTW National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Rosewell; they are also presenting Haydn's Seven Last Words. In Bristol, David Hill conducts the BBC Singers and St. James Baroque in Bach's St Mark Passion, at St. George's Brandon Hill in Bristol. This is a reconstruction of the now lost passion; the libretto and a torso of the music survives. Finally in Dorchester Abbey, the Orchestra of St Johns are performing Bach's St John Passion with OSJ Voices, Stuart Jackson, Ed Ballard, Ilona Domnich, Roderick Morris Christopher Turner and Johnny Herford, conducted by John Lubbock.

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