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Bob Chilcott (b.1955): St. John Passion / Laurie Ashworth, soprano; Ed Lyon, tenor; Neal Davies, bass; Matthew Souter, violin; Richard May, cello

Album Summary

>Chilcott, Robert : St. John Passion, for soprano, tenor, 2 baritones, chorus & organ or small ensemble
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Choir & Organ, March/April 2015
[an] authoritative performance, with uniformly excellent soloists and the sensitive organ playing of Jonathan Vaughn.

MusicWeb International, 9th March 2015
I'm sure Bob Chilcott will have been thrilled to find the first recording of this score done with such evident commitment and skill from all concerned.

Bob Chilcott's mighty setting of words from St John's Gospel is a dramatic yet optimistic retelling of the Passiontide story. The work combines 13th and 17th century English poetry with the King James Bible text settings and, as with Bach's great Passion settings, the role of the Evangelist is taken by the tenor soloist, who provides a melodious narrative throughout. Including 5 well-known hymn texts set to new, original melodies, the work further confirms Chilcott's status as one of the world's most popular active choral composers.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Laurie Ashworth offers superbly atmospheric solo work in 'Christ, my Beloved' and 'Jesus, my Leman'. Neal Davies captures well the solemnity of Jesus's words, and Darren Jeffery is fine in the smaller role of Pilate. The superb Cathedral Choir sings compellingly and evocatively in proclaiming the wide range of emotions in the texts; it is joined at various points by the other choral forces. The brass, strings, timpani, and organ all sound fine. Richard May's expressive cello work is especially commendable. Highest praise to Matthew Owens, who paces the work just right, keeping all his musicians in good balance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England (05/05/2014-05/08/2014).


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>Chilcott, Robert : St. John Passion, for soprano, tenor, 2 baritones, chorus & organ or small ensemble
  • Performers: Laurie Ashworth; Nick Baron (Timpani); Neal Davies (Bass-Baritone); Darren Jeffery (Bass Baritone); Ed Lyon; Richard May (Cello); Matthew Souter (Viola); Jonathan Vaughn (Organ)
  • Conductor: Matthew Owens
  • Ensemble: Wells Cathedral Choir
  • Notes: Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England (05/05/2014-05/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 64 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary