Gramophone Critics name John Passion their pick of 2013
19 December 2013
In Gramophone's round-up of 2013's best recordings the Dunedin Consort's gripping John Passion is chosen by two critics: Lindsay Kemp and Caroline Gill. The recording caused a stir upon its release as it placed Bach's great masterpiece within its original liturgical context for the first time. Gramophone also named it their 'Record of the Month' and a 'Finalist' at the 2013 Awards.
Explaining why she chose John Passion Caroline states: 'John Butt's limitless wit and invention with Bach create an immediacy that makes it feel completely new. Hearing one of Bach's great masterworks for the first time, again, is the most joyous experience.'
Lindsay had no trouble making her decision: 'It was easy for me this year. John Butt's fresh, supple, humane and beautifully contextualised recording of Bach's John Passion with the Dunedin Consort really did make me see the work anew, raising my respect and love for it to even greater heights. How many recordings can do that?'
Gramophone critics also had high praise for recordings from the Belcea Quartet, whose excellent recordings of Beethoven's complete string quartets earned them a pick for each volume. The King's Consort was highlighted for its recording of Stanford and Parry, 'I was glad' and Vasily Petrenko conducting the RLPO was singled out for his recording on Naxos of 'Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4'.
Belcea QuartetDunedin ConsortRoyal Liverpool PhilharmonicThe King’s ConsortVasily PetrenkoBeethoven: The Complete String Quartets, Vol. 1Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets, Vol. 2I was glad - Sacred music of Stanford and ParryJ.S. Bach: John Passion, Reconstruction of Bach's Passion LiturgyShostakovich: Symphony No. 4