Bach: St Matthew Passion


James Gilchrist Evangelist
Matthew Rose Jesus
Sophie Bevan soprano
David Allsopp countertenor
Mark Le Brocq tenor
William Gaunt bass

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
The Choir of King’s College School, Cambridge
Academy of Ancient Music
Sir Stephen Cleobury conductor

Released 27 March 2020

3-SACD Hybrid (5.1 surround-sound / high resolution stereo / compatible with all CD players)

SKU: KGS0037
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★★★★★  An excellent team of soloists with outstanding performances… captured in impressively wide-ranging sound. – Birmingham Post

A fine account from King’s College, Cambridge. David Allsopp’s singing of that key aria [Erbame dich] is a highlight. – Sunday Times

There’s a tension, a theatricality to [Cleobury’s] performance which thrills, and the bigger choruses have a weight and oomph that’s emotionally overwhelming. – The Arts Desk

King’s College presents a new account of one of sacred music’s greatest masterpieces, the Bach St Matthew Passion, recorded before Sir Stephen Cleobury’s untimely death on 22 November 2019.

For this recording Cleobury conducted the King’s Choir and the Academy of Ancient Music alongside an outstanding team of soloists led by one of the finest Evangelists of our time, James Gilchrist. The album is released as a 3CD set and playable in 5.1 surround-sound with an SACD player. It is accompanied by a booklet with over 60 pages of texts and photographs, including a full translation by Michael Marissen and a specially-commissioned essay by Bach scholar John Butt.  

Disc 1 Playing time 
1-29 St Matthew Passion: Part 1 68:46 Johann Sebastian Bach
Disc 2 *
1-23 St Matthew Passion: Part 2 (Nos. 30-52) 51:19
Disc 3
1-16 St Matthew Passion: Part 2 (Nos. 53-68) 43:31
Total playing time – 163:36


Recorded at 192kHz 24-bit PCM in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, by kind permission of the Provost and Scholars, 14-16 April 2019.

Producer & Editor Simon Kiln
Engineer Arne Akselberg
Assistant Engineers Matthew Dilley, Lucas Williams

Mastering Simon Gibson

Consultant Claire Long
Easter at King’s management John McMunn
Label management Benjamin Sheen

This recording has been made possible by the generous support of Ian Jones (KC 1980), Fellow Benefactor of the College and Choral Scholar under Sir Philip Ledger and Sir Stephen Cleobury.

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