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First class recording on period instruments,
This review is from: J.S. Bach - St. John Passion (Audio CD)
Naxos have come up trumps here with this brilliant recording. The Scholars Baroque Ensemble have been consistently good on other recordings and this is no exception.
The St John Passion has often been thought to be inferior to the Matthew Passion also by Bach. But in fact it is a great composition. And this version really shows off the brilliance of this masterpiece.
The performance has great energy and emotional impact. The authentic instruments are on top form here and the digital sound by Naxos is fantastic. It is clear, sharp and well balanced. And the whole thing was recorded in Church of All Saints East Finchley London and both musicians, singers and acoustics of the venue give a convincing sound.
This double disc set is great value and a great way to discover the magic of this sensitive work.