BACH John Passion. Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook, Robert Davies, Joanne Lunn, Clare Wilkinson, Dunedin Consort / John Butt. Linn Records 2 SACD

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J.S. BACH

John Passion

Dunedin Consort / John Butt

CD1

1. Choral Prelude (BWV 621)

2. TRAD: Congregational Chorale: Da Jesus an dem Kreuze Stund

3. Dietrich Buxtehude: Organ Prelude to the Passion: Praeludium in F-sharp minor, BuxWV 146 (extract)

4-23: Johannes-Passion, BWV 245: Part One

24. Choral Prelude (BWV 618)

25. TRAD: Congregational Chorale: O Lamm Gottes unschuldig

26. Chorale Prelude (BWV 620): Christus, der uns selig macht

27-38. Johannes-Passion, BWV 245: Part Two

CD2

1-36. Johannes-Passion, BWV 245: Part Two continued

37. Jacob Händl Gallus: Motet: Ecce quomodo moritur

38-41.TRAD: Responsory; Collect; Blessing; Response to Blessing

42. Choral Prelude (BWV 657)

43. Congregational Chorale: Nun danket alle Gott

This is the premiere recording of J.S. Bach’s John Passion heard for the first time within its original liturgical context.

This recording marks the return of Dunedin Consort’s star-studded cast including, Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook, Robert Davies, Joanne Lunn and Clare Wilkinson.

Director John Butt has given listeners an interpretation that will provide a refreshing outlook on this masterpiece and will show the John Passion in a completely new light.

The Consort recreate the context of a passion performance during Bach’s time at Leipzig; the University of Glasgow Chapel Choir (directed by James Grossmith) and a congregational choir of amateur singers perform motets and chorales from an original Leipzig hymn book and John Butt takes centre stage to perform organ preludes on the Collins organ at Greyfriar’s Kirk in Edinburgh, where the recording took place.

‘No performance could better justify small-scale Bach than this convincing marriage of scholarship and inspiration.’ BBC Music Magazine (on J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor)

‘The playing and the singing is outstanding, undoubtedly enhanced by John Butt's scholarly and revelatory handling of the score.’ The Observer (on J.S. Bach: Matthew Passion)

The Dunedin Consort has established a reputation as the finest single-part period performance choir currently performing, under the direction of prize-winning Bach specialist John Butt O.B.E.

The multi-award-winning Dunedin Consort has won praise for the natural style of its soloists and renown for the virtuosity of its singers.

Since receiving a Gramophone Award in 2007, Dunedin Consort has continued to receive accolades: Esther was voted one of the ‘Top 10 Classical Albums of 2012’ by The Times, 2011 saw them included in

Gramophone’s ‘Twenty Greatest Choirs’ list and its recording of Bach’s Matthew Passion was named Building A Library: First Choice by BBC Radio 3 - CD Review.

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Rate: 2

OK but not outstanding

By Thomas

This new CD has been praised to the heavens, but I disagree. The soloists and chorus are fine if somewhat perfunctory. The alto soloist has a good voice but a good countertenor would have been so much better. The unison,
unaccompanied hymns are simply boring. I cannot understand John Butt's
inclusion of a truncated Buxtehude praeludium. Play the whole piece or omit
it. There are several other recordings of the St. John Passion that are so much better.

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