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Chilcott: St John Passion
Bob Chilcott

Matthew Owens / Wells Cathedral Choir

Chilcott: St John Passion

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212041222
Catnr: SIGCD 412
Release date: 13 March 2015
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Signum Classics
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0635212041222
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SIGCD 412
Release date
13 March 2015
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Composer Bob Chilcott’s mighty setting of words from St John’s Gospel is a dramatic yet optimistic retelling of the Passiontide story. The work combines 13th and 17th c. English poetry with the King James Bible text settings and, as with Bach’s great Passion settings, the Evangelist role is taken by the tenor soloist, providing a melodious narrative throughout. Including 5 well-known hymn texts set to new, original melodies, the work further confirms Chilcott’s status as one of the world’s most popular active choral composers. “... a successful and most impressive piece of writing by Bob Chilcott ... one would have had to be pretty stone-hearted not to have been moved.” (Seen & Heard, Review of the St John Passion’s premiere performance at Wells Cathedral)
De geweldige Johannespassie van de populaire Chilcott
Bob Chilcotts machtige toonzetting van de woorden van het Evangelie van Johannes is een dramatische, maar toch optimistische hervertelling van het passieverhaal. Het werk combineert 13e en 17e-eeuwse Engelse poëzie met de teksten uit de King James Bible. Net als in de grootse Passies van Johann Sebastian Bach, wordt de rol van Evangelist gezongen door de tenorsolist, die het werk van een melodieus verhaal voorziet. Verder bevat de Passie vijf bekende hymneteksten op nieuwe, originele melodieën. Het werk is een verdere bevestiging van Chilcotts status als een van s ’werelds meest populaire actieve koorcomponisten.

De Johannespassie van Chilcott wordt uitgevoerd door het Choir of Wells Cathedral onder leiding van Matthew Owens, voor wie de componist het werk heeft geschreven. Het koor werd in 2011 door Gramophone Magazine uitgeroepen als het beste koor met kinderen ter wereld. De traditie van koorzang in de Wells Cathedral dateert meer dan 800 jaar terug. Tegenwoordig bestaat het koor uit jongens, meisjes en mannen die een breed repertoire zingen, reikend van de meesterwerken uit de Renaissance tot aan de voortreffelijkste hedendaagse werken.

Artist(s)

Neal Davies (bass)

Neal Davies studied at King’s College, London and the RAM, and won the Lieder Prize at the 1991 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Neal Davies appears with the Royal Opera, the English National Opera, the Scottish Opera, Garsington Opera, Opera de Montreal, Opera de Marseille, the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and regularly with the Welsh National Opera; in concert with the Oslo Philharmonic ( Jansons), BBCSO (Boulez), Cleveland and Philharmonia Orchestras (Dohnanyi), COE (Harnoncourt), OAE (Brüggen), Gabrieli Consort (McCreesh), the Hallé (Elder), Les Arts Florissants (Christie) and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Harding). He appears regularly at the Edinburgh Festival and has recorded for the major labels. Engagements include Don Alfonso for the Welsh National...
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Neal Davies studied at King’s College, London and the RAM, and won the Lieder Prize at the 1991 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Neal Davies appears with the Royal Opera, the English National Opera, the Scottish Opera, Garsington Opera, Opera de Montreal, Opera de Marseille, the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and regularly with the Welsh National Opera; in concert with the Oslo Philharmonic ( Jansons), BBCSO (Boulez), Cleveland and Philharmonia Orchestras (Dohnanyi), COE (Harnoncourt), OAE (Brüggen), Gabrieli Consort (McCreesh), the Hallé (Elder), Les Arts Florissants (Christie) and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Harding). He appears regularly at the Edinburgh Festival and has recorded for the major labels. Engagements include Don Alfonso for the Welsh National Opera, a tour of Jephtha with Les Arts Florissants, Death of Klinghoffer with the English National Opera, and Charpentier’s David et Jonathas with the Aix-en-Provence Festival and William Christie.

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Wells Cathedral Choir (vocals)

Wells Cathedral Choir was hailed in 2011 by an international jury from Gramophone Magazine as the greatest choir with children in the world, and the sixth greatest overall. The choir celebrated its 1100th birthday in 2009: boys first sang at Wells Cathedral in 909 and the full choral tradition dates back over 800 years. In 1994 the choral foundation at Wells was enriched by the addition of girl choristers. Today the choir consists of 18 boy choristers, 18 girl choristers and 12 Vicars Choral (the men of the choir). The boys and girls usually sing separately with the Vicars Choral but occasionally come together for larger events and tours. The choir is at the heart of the worshipping life of the...
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Wells Cathedral Choir was hailed in 2011 by an international jury from Gramophone Magazine as the greatest choir with children in the world, and the sixth greatest overall. The choir celebrated its 1100th birthday in 2009: boys first sang at Wells Cathedral in 909 and the full choral tradition dates back over 800 years. In 1994 the choral foundation at Wells was enriched by the addition of girl choristers. Today the choir consists of 18 boy choristers, 18 girl choristers and 12 Vicars Choral (the men of the choir). The boys and girls usually sing separately with the Vicars Choral but occasionally come together for larger events and tours.
The choir is at the heart of the worshipping life of the Cathedral, and sings a wide repertoire of music ranging from the Renaissance period to the present day. It sings throughout the cathedral’s festival, launched in June 2008: new music wells, giving a number of premieres as well as featuring music from the previous forty years. It has premiered works from some of today’s finest composers, including Judith Bingham, Geoffrey Burgon, Bob Chilcott, Jonathan Dove, Gabriel Jackson, John Joubert, Sir James MacMillan CBE, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CH CBE (former Master of the Queen’s Music), Tarik O’Regan, John Rutter, Howard Skempton, and Sir John Tavener.
Wells Cathedral Choir broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 3 and its innovative recordings over the last eleven years for Hyperion Records and Regent Records have won international praise: “wonderfully blended, and must rank as one of the top cathedral sounds outside London” (BBC Music Magazine); “currently enjoying a superb top line” (The Observer), and has had two discs made Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine which called the choir “probably the finest English cathedral choir at the moment” in “world-class form”.
As well as the liturgical musical repertoire the choir performs larger scale choral works in concert, with recent collaborations including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (Britten War Requiem), Jools Holland and his band (Jools Holland Mass), Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society (Britten St Nicolas and War Requiem), Aled Jones, Dame Felicity Lott, Dame Emma Kirkby, James Bowman CBE, and Wells Cathedral School Chamber Orchestra (at a royal gala concerts at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and St James’s Palace, London). In September 2014 the choristers sang with the Berlin Radio Choir and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle OM, in a performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion at the BBC Proms. Shortly afterwards they sang with The Script on the ITV Pride of Britain awards, which was screened to an audience of five million viewers.

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Darren Jeffery (bass-baritone)

Matthew Owens (conductor)

Laurie Ashworth (soprano)

Ed Lyon (tenor)

Composer(s)

Bob Chilcott

Described by the Observer newspaper as “a contemporary hero of British choral music”, Bob Chilcott has grown up immersed in the choral tradition of his country. He grew up as a chorister and choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, and after singing professionally in London and also as a member of the vocal group the King’s Singers for a number of years, he became a full-time composer in 1997. He has embraced his career with energy and commitment, not only producing a large catalogue of music for all types of choirs, but also working with singers and choirs in more than 30 countries. It was perhaps through his many works for young singers that he first came to prominence as a...
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Described by the Observer newspaper as “a contemporary hero of British choral music”, Bob Chilcott has grown up immersed in the choral tradition of his country. He grew up as a chorister and choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, and after singing professionally in London and also as a member of the vocal group the King’s Singers for a number of years, he became a full-time composer in 1997. He has embraced his career with energy and commitment, not only producing a large catalogue of music for all types of choirs, but also working with singers and choirs in more than 30 countries.
It was perhaps through his many works for young singers that he first came to prominence as a composer, prompting some large-scale performances of his pieces, particularly Can you hear me? in BC Place in Vancouver in 2001 with 2000 singers and at the Estonian Song Festival in 2004 with 7000 young singers. Thied to several other large-scale projects including notably The Angry Planet, written for David Hill and The Bach Choir for the 2012 BBC Proms, which was performed by The Bach Choir, The National Youth Choir, The BBC Singers and 200 primary school children from London.
He has written a number of substantial sacred works including Salisbury Vespers (2009), St John Passion (2013) for Wells Cathedral Choir, and his Requiem (2010) which has now been performed in over 16 countries. In 2013 he wrote The King shall rejoice for the service at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
In June 2014 he began an 18-month term as composer-in-residence for the Washington DC-based choir Choralis as part of their 15th anniversary season celebrations. The season features a number of his works and concludes with the première of Gloria in December 2015.
Over the past 18 years Bob has worked with many thousands of singers in Britain through a continuing series of Singing Days throughout the country. Between 1997 and 2004 he was conductor of the choir of The Royal College of Music in London, and since 2002 he has been Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Singers.
His music has been recorded extensively and there are a number of albums dedicated to his music, including “Man I Sing” (2007), “Making Waves” (2008), “Requiem” (2012), “The Seeds of Stars” (2012), “Everyone Sang” (2013), “The Rose in the Middle of Winter” (2013), and “St John Passion” (2015). His music has been recorded by many leading British choirs and ensembles including The Sixteen, The Cambridge Singers, Tenebrae, The BBC Singers, The Choir of Wells Cathedral, The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, and The King’s Singers.

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