Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & Polyphony • J S Bach: St John Passion (CD)
Two-disc CD set.
‘Layton has directed this annual St John Passion for several seasons now. His readings, which are becoming ever more dramatic and daring, have a raw intensity. It was easy to see why these concerts have become one of the highlights in London’s musical calendar’ (The Guardian)
Polyphony and Stephen Layton present their celebrated performance of Bach’s most dramatic masterpiece. Accompanied by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a starry team of soloists, Layton directs a vivid account, the excitement of the narrative drama contrasting with heartbreaking moments of reflection.
In Ian Bostridge, we have the most iconic Evangelist of the last twenty years; an artist who is an incomparable communicator, a singer of technical brilliance, and an impassioned, experienced interpreter of Bach’s music.
STEPHEN LAYTON conductor
ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT
Ian Bostridge, Neal Davies, Carolyn Sampson, Iestyn Davies, Nicholas Mulroy, Roderick Williams soloists
CDA67901-2 • Released 2013