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on 17 November 2010
This is a hauntingly beautiful account of St John's Passion, quite otherworldly. Compared to other composers, Part refuses to cheapen the piece with any melodramatic fireworks, instead simply letting the text and music convey the magnitude of the Passion, so more closely aligned to earlier mediaeval polyphony. (Indeed Tonus Peregrinus recorded St Luke's Passion in this manner, also on Naxos).
Thus unadorned, this is music with Part's trademark ebb and flow of melody, with appropriate pauses, to let the music breathe.
As a result, the overall piece is the more powerful, and deeply moving, for this restraint. Exquisitely sung,the transcendent beauty of the waves of music have both a deep sadness, yet a healing tranquillity at their heart. This is music which reaches out beyond the boundaries of specific religion, offering redemption to all faithful listeners. An arresting and haunting composition.