The Britten Sinfonia, Bach St John Passion, Barbican Hall, 18 April 2014
By Joseph Boyle
At the Barbican Hall, London, on Good Friday 2014.
JS Bach, St John Passion
Performed by the Britten Sinfonia, 18 April 2014.
Julia Doyle, soprano
Iestyn Davies, counter-tenor
Nicholas Mulroy, Evangelist
Jeremy Budd, tenor
Matthew Brook, bass
Eamonn Dougan Pilate, Britten Sinfonia Voices Director
Jacqueline Shave, Violin and Director
Britten Sinfonia Voices
The St John Passion was composed by JS Bach (1685 – 1750) for Good Friday vespers in 1724.
The Britten Sinfonia and Britten voices supported by a group of first class soloists gave an accomplished performance of this sublime and sacred oratorio to a packed and enthusiastic hall. The leading singers provided excellence in musical rendition with the ‘minor’ choral pieces such as Peter and the serving girl and the maid (who confronted Peter as one of Jesus’ disciples) being provided by members of the chorus. The performance was held together very well by Nicholas Mulroy who sang the Evangelist without reference to a score or script. Eamon Dougan led the Chorus from the front by singing Pilate. The Sinfonia, led by the Director and violinist Jacqueline Shave provided an expert musical rendition of Bach’s wonderful music to accompany the Chorus and soloists.
The performers will be ready for a post Easter break since by Easter Sunday evening they will have performed on 5 consecutive nights travelling to Cambridge, Amsterdam, London, Saffron Walden and Norwich.
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