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Yorkshire Baroque Soloists’ recording of Bach St Matthew Passion (early version) was released by Signum in February.
Also available from:
Signum Classics at £18 (+£1.50 postage and packing)
ITunes MP3 Download – £15.99
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Hyperion Records MP3 Download – £ 15.49
Peter Seymour and the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists present a new edition of Bach’s first version of Matthäus-Passion, probably first performed on Good Friday 1727 and one of the greatest works of J.S. Bach’s prodigious output. Recorded at the National Centre for Early Music in York, this is the first commercial recording of this version here in Peter Seymour’s new edition. Soloists include Charles Daniels (Evangelist) and Peter Harvey (Christus). The other soloists who, with Peter Harvey, also form the two choirs, are Bethany Seymour, Helen Neeves, Sally Bruce-Payne, Nancy Cole, Joseph Cornwell, Julian Podger, Matthew Brook and Johnny Herford (Pilate).
The orchestra is led by Lucy Russell.
The recording was made at the National Centre for Early Music, York.
Praise for Peter Seymour and the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists’ earlier recording of Johannes Passion includes:
“… as dramatically coherent and satisfying as I’ve heard for a while … this is a St John which carries open-hearted conviction and character before it.”
“A coherent, articulate and engaging performance that balances well the work’s twin identities as narrative and contemplation.”
… warm-toned, well-sustained choral singing; meticulously articulated instrumental work … A fine testament, however, to Seymour’s splendid Baroque performances over 40 years.”
“The blending and attack are exemplary … a continuity of tone between chorus and soloists which is utterly beguiling. The baffling simplicity of Bach’s faith yet the dazzling bravura of his art have here some very fine advocacy.”
Choir and Organ Magazine
“…this excellent performance ranks among the best.”
BBC Music Magazine