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Bach - St John Passion ~ James Bowman
Bach - St John Passion ~ James Bowman
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A faithful recording, 7 Sep 2003
This recording is something of a 'family' project: all the soloists have an association with New College Choir. Collegium Novum, which is of course Latin for New College, is the instrumental ensemble formed especially for this recording. Some of this group also have associations with New College, for example Ryan Wigglesworth, the organ continuo.
James Gilchrist (a New College chorister in the 1970s) is impressive as the Evangelist: vibrato is not used as a standard technique to be applied to every note, but as a special expressive device. His expression overall, combined with his obvious musical rapport with the orchestra, is eye-watering in many places, and the recitative Gilchrist… Read more
Juliet [CD 1] ~ Thea Gilmore
Juliet [CD 1] ~ Thea Gilmore
I'm not sure if Juliet is the best song on the album Avalanche, but it certainly makes a great single, and it is backed up variously by Throw the Bouquet and Lightning (CD 1, Blue) Hooligansville and Like Lead (CD 2, Green), all of which are good solid B-sides.
Worth a listen - the album looks like a winner too.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thea does it again!, 4 Aug 2003
Thea's latest album is easily a worthy successor to those that have gone before it. As one who was lucky enough to have a sneak peek at this album before the release date, I was already highly excited about hearing the latest view of the world from Thea, even before the amazing patchwork of musical colour hit my ears.
Avalanche is another emotional rollercoaster of an album from Thea. Neither the music nor the words shock the listener; each seems to function as a vehicle for the other with little conflict of interest. The only track which this reviewer's poor ear found difficult to appreciate was Pirate Moon, Track 6, and the stars of the album, along with the single Juliet (Keep That… Read more

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