Past event: Pärt’s Passio with Tenebrae

Arvo Pärt Passio

Nicholas Madden Pilate/tenor
Jimmy Holliday Jesus/bass
Emma Walshe soprano
Hannah Cooke mezzo soprano
David de Winter tenor
Stephen Kennedy baritone
Nigel Short conductor

The St. George’s Bristol performance also includes:

Allegri Miserere Mei
Lobo Versa est in luctum
Victoria Tenebrae Responsories

Completed in 1982, this extraordinary setting  of the St John Passion is one of Pärt’s most popular works and employs his truly original tintinnabuli style. Known widely as ‘Passio’ since its debut recording on ECM New Series in the 1980s, the Estonian master’s Passiontide work, setting chapters 18 and 19 from St John’s gospel, has an austere, solemn, monolithic beauty which has entranced many listeners since. 

“You couldn’t have asked for a better performance: plush choral sound, heartfelt solos…rich contributions from Aurora Orchestra and all immaculately sculpted by Short.” — The Times

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