FESTIVAL – St John’s Passion – Adel Town Hall – 5K

By Ben Nielsen

J.S. Bach’s Johannes-Passion (St John’s Passion) BWV 245 is an extravagant musical representation of the Passion as told in the Gospel of John.

Featuring a vocal ensemble comprising members of the Adelaide Chamber Singers and the Sydney Chamber Choir, 17 piece chamber orchestra and an ensemble of soloists; the exultant work was expertly directed by Carl Crossin.

The performance was a sumptuous feast, typifying the musical style and themes of the baroque period. The opening passage in particular was a display of power and triumph, an intensity that remained for the duration of the nearly two hour performance.

It is hard to pick fault with the spectacular performance; the combined ensemble certainly justified its collective array of awards and critical acclaim. Particular mention must be made of Robert Macfarlane who made an immense contribution as a main soloist. Not only was his musical ability exceptional, but also his stamina and endurance.

Having already performed in Bernstein’s Mass, and Ennio Morricone Live, The Adelaide Chamber Singers’ involvement in the 2012 Adelaide Festival has been a showcase of versatility, inexhaustible energy and consistent excellence. St John’s Passion was no exception, and was an absolutely magnificent and empowering performance.

Kryztoff Rating  5K

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