Bach: Mass in B minor (CD Review - Gramophone, 2018)

When Jonathan Freeman-Attwood reviewed the rather good B minor Mass from Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo (11/14), he spoke of it plugging an ‘obvious gap’ in Hyperion’s Bach catalogue. He was probably not to know that within four years the label would be issuing another B minor, not only sharing one of the same soloists (and, for the record, one choral singer and two players), but also the same produ

Bach: St John Passion (Concert Review - Seen and Heard International, 2017)

An account of the St John Passion that brought home the true meaning of Easter Bach’s St John Passion has been the subject of intense debate in the US in recent years because of what some perceive as anti-Semitic references within the work.  This has as much to do with the original source material as the libretto.  St John’s Gospel was written at a time when the nascent Christian Church was breaki

Bach: B minor Mass (Concert Review - Music OMH, 2016)

Bach referred to the ‘Kyrie’ and ‘Gloria’ of his Mass in B minor as “an insignificant example of my musical skill” but the work as a whole might be better described as one of the most significant creations of civilization. It is a work which demands the most virtuosic of players and singers, and the most inspired direction, and to hear the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge and the Orchestra of th

Bach: St John Passion (Concert Review -, 2016)

La Passion selon Saint Jean au Théâtre des Champs Elysées La Passion selon Saint Jean de Jean-Sébastien Bach a fait étape au Théâtre des Champs Elysées avec Stephen Layton à la baguette. Le maestro britannique dirigeait l’Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment le mercredi 23 mars pour une version puissante et émouvante de l’oeuvre monumentale du compositeur germanique. Le public de l’institution mu

Bach: St John Passion (Concert Review - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 2016) Tr

Witnesses of a trial An English guest performance: St John Passion in the Alte Oper Johann Sebastian Bach’s St Matthew Passion is a pre-Easter must everywhere. His St John Passion BWV 245, however, which is preserved in various settings, none of which can be called the authentic version or ‘definitive edition’, still stands in the shadow of the more opulent and vaster sister piece. Whereas it is p

Bach: St John Passion (Concert Review - Frankfurter Rundschau, 2016) Translation

Jesus as the ruler of his own fate Stephen Layton with a bravura performance of Bach's St John Passion at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt. With Ian Bostridge as the evangelist. The vocal sound is characterized by a ‘slim wealth’, hence not by monumental force. Twenty-six singers are grouped on the choir stage: Thus, the British conductor Stephen Layton is not persuaded by the now ever more popular one-