Unmoved by Bach’s St John Passion? Try listening to it in English…

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David Temple introduces the first commercial recording in English since Britten's in 1971

My first St John Passion was in the Barbican in 2011 with Crouch End Festival Chorus. It was in German, and with modern instruments at A=440. Though I was pleased with the performance, I was struck by the lukewarm response from the audience. I decided to programme it once again in German, on this occasion with my Hertfordshire Chorus in St Albans Cathedral in 2015. Shortly before we began rehearsals for it, I .....

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