Uk News St John Passion by the Monteverdi Choir has a spinetingling impact United Kingdom news
PremierLeague-News.Com - Forget choir-stalls and heads buried diligently in copies. Here, singing from memory, the Monteverdi Choir throw the music straight out to us
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Last Easter, in the early days of Covid, churches and concert halls were silent. This year, with digital performances up and running, there has never been a greater choice of Bach Passions for Holy Week.You can watch the choir of St Thomas’s in Leipzig perform in Bach’s own church, see the talented young Amici Voices from St John’s Smith Square, or Bach Collegium Japan in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. Or, you could choose the Sheldonian Theatre, John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir.After a pioneering project to record the complete Bach cantatas, benchmark accounts of all his major choral works on disc and an award-winning composer biography under his belt, Gardiner has nothing left to prove when it comes to Bach. The result is a St John Passion that chases immediacy at the expense of musical perfection.The choice is clear from the moment the singers – scattered widely around the Sheldonian’s many balconies – stand and begin the first chorus. Forget choir-stalls and heads buried diligently in copies.
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.The impact is spine-tingling, especially in the mob choruses, the baying cries of “Crucify!”, but also in the chorales, where we feel the congregational spirit of the music so clearly. The soloists step out from the chorus, adding to the sense of community, of jostling voices and rival accounts of events. Many are young, and while the quality varies (Julia Doyle’s bright, unquestioning “Ich folge dir” and eerie arioso “Betrachte, meine seel” for baritone Alex Ashworth and two violas d’amore both stand out) it all adds to the breadth of Bach’s picture. Read More New school music curriculum sets out 37 pieces every child should know – including Mozart and Destiny’s Child It’s Nick Pritchard, however, who holds the centre. Operatic without affectation, weighing every word, movement and articulation with care, his Evangelist is wonderfully humane – part of the crowd who demand blood, even as he pities them. There are echoes of James Gilchrist here and, when the time comes, it looks like Pritchard is ready to step into the older tenor’s shoes as the great English Evangelist of his generation.
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