Bach’s St John Passion Reviews

Reviews from Britten Sinfonia’s Easter performances of Bach’s St John Passion with tenor Mark Padmore and Britten Sinfonia Voices:

Classical Source

"As a result of the chemistry between Dougan, Padmore and Jacqueline Shave, the ensemble was very tight and fluid."

The Guardian

"As always, Padmore’s minute focus on the text made his account compelling, and his distinctive tone colours unerringly matched the piece’s emotional depth"

The Independent

"One can only marvel at Padmore’s total command of every inflection in a performance refined to its quintessence."

Music OHM

"The Britten Sinfonia played with their usual excellence, and with a consummate understanding of the style"

The Spectator

"A Passion that can find its humanity and not just its ritual beauty, that can transform an audience into a congregation, is a rare thing, but one Mark Padmore and the Britten Sinfonia achieve in their skilful reimagining."

The Telegraph

"The playing was excellent throughout, with some particularly fine obbligato provided by Reiko Ichise’s viola da gamba."

The Times

"Everyone sang the motet — from the Evangelist (Padmore) to the reader (Simon Russell Beale), the organist, woodwind and string players, and the 11 members of Britten Sinfonia Voices — and the effect was melting."