Trinity of Passions

Askonas Holt triumvirate complete trio of Passion performances.

Congratulations to Ian Bostridge, Iestyn Davies and Neal Davies who have just completed a sequence of Bach’s St John Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Polyphony, under Stephen Layton.

The sequence began with a Holy Week performance at Austria’s Theater an der Wien and was swiftly followed by a repeat on Good Friday at London’s St John’s, Smith Square.The trio have rounded off their successes by recording the work for Hyperion.

The Guardian heaped praise upon all involved in the project, saying that “The soloists formed an impressive team…Ian Bostridge’s plangent tenor brought keen intensity to the Evangelist’s intricately inflected narration, and made expressive highlights of such emotion-laden gestures as Simon Peter’s bitter weeping…Neal Davies’s substantial tone and constant engagement with the text conveyed a deeply human Christus…Iestyn Davies’s mellifluous counter-tenor answered all the solo alto needs.”. Fiona Maddocks of The Observer commented that “As the Evangelist, Ian Bostridge probed deeper than ever into his vital narrative.” whilst “Iestyn Davies, now in the stratosphere of top young international countertenors, sang “Es ist vollbracht” with a purity that held the entire audience stock still, moved but unmoving.”.

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