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Recording J.S. Bach's St John Passion in English
In just over three decades, Crouch End Festival Chorus has become one of the UK’s leading symphonic choirs, recognised for its first-class performances of an astonishingly wide range of repertoire.
The choir appears on over 100 commercial recordings but has never itself recorded a major classical work with a top international label. This opportunity has now arrived.
Next summer, the singers of CEFC, conducted by David Temple, plan to make the first recording in English for 40 years of Bach’s St John Passion with Chandos Records, one of the world’s premier classical record companies. CEFC will be joined by seven outstanding soloists and the Bach Camerata. The recording is planned for release around Easter 2017.
The beauty, profundity and visceral energy of Bach’s St John Passion are extraordinary. The essence of the work is its human story: it is precisely this which plays to the strengths of CEFC, a choir repeatedly praised for its communicative power, its beautiful singing and its ‘focused zest’. Recording this dramatic piece in English means that it will be able to move a new generation of music-lovers who will experience its powerful messages in their native language.