Jeffrey Skidmore -conductor
Bradley Smith - Evangelist
Themba Mvula - Jesus
Lawrence White - Pilate & bass
Margaret Lingas, Imogen Russell - soprano
Martha McLorinan - alto
Paul Bentley-Angell, James Robinson - tenor
Bach’s St John Passion tells the profound human drama of Christ’s last days with utterly transfixing music. The pulsating opening chorus sets the mood, and we are drawn to share the anger of the mob, to empathize with Pilate’s predicament, and to feel the anguish of the solo arias, heightened by the melancholic sounds of the period instruments - not least the tender agony of ‘Es ist vollbracht’ (It is finished).
This concert includes a reconstruction of the Good Friday liturgy much as Bach would have known it, updated to include a 2017 commission from Alec Roth Verlass uns nicht.