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An Outstanding Performance,
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This review is from: Bach: John Passion (St John Passion) (SACD - plays on all CD players) (Audio CD)
The two previous reviewers have more or less said it.
I would add to Mr Wilson's comment on "authentic vs grand" -- "grand" often means uninspired as well as pretentious, and this performance is more than just authentic. The performers have apparently read and understood what they are playing and singing. I was especially struck by the feeling of involvement given by the soprano and contralto, the feelings of joy and sorrow that emerge from their arias to a remarkable degree.
The clarity and purity of "small forces" can be very great, and it is here. I can only agree with what Mr Wilson said about "clear and beautiful", and what Mr Wake expressed so well about a small expert force, well directed, giving an agile and expressive rendition.