Special Offer: Bach Passions


(St Matthew Passion | St John Passion)

James Gilchrist Evangelist
Matthew Rose | Neal Davies  Jesus 
Sophie Bevan soprano
David Allsopp | Iestyn Davies (John) countertenor
Mark Le Brocq | Ed Lyon tenor
William Gaunt | Roderick Williams bass

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

Released 27 March 2020

3-SACD Hybrid | 2-SACD Hybrid (5.1 surround-sound / high resolution stereo / compatible with all CD players)


The Bach Passions, two of the greatest sacred choral masterpieces, performed in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge. Available together for £23.99 (£29 when bought separately).

Bach: St Matthew Passion

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.  


Bach: St John Passion

Stephen Cleobury and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge are joined by the Academy of Ancient Music in Bach’s much-loved St John Passion. Captured live in 2016 during Easter celebrations at the College, it features an all-star line-up of soloists who are renowned for their handling of the repertoire, including King’s alumnus James Gilchrist as the Evangelist and Neal Davies, Cardiff Singer of the World prize winner, as Jesus. The St John Passion presents the dramatic narrative with a concentrated sense of urgency, in contrast to the vast proportions of the St Matthew Passion. Many of the arias are deeply reflective and expressive, none more so than Es ist vollbracht!, in which the countertenor – Iestyn Davies – and the viola da gamba weave their melodies together in the most beguiling way.

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


Disc 1 Playing time 
1-14 St John Passion: Part 1 Johann Sebastian Bach
15-20 St John Passion: Part 2
Disc 2
1-20 St John Passion: Part 2 (continued)
Total playing time – 109:23


St Matthew Passion
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

St John Passion
Recorded at 96kHz 24-bit PCM in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, by kind permission of the Provost and Fellows, 21 and 22 March 2016.

Producer, Editor, CD mastering  Simon Kiln
Recording Engineer  Arne Akselberg
Mixing Engineer  Arne Akselberg
Technical Engineer  Richard Hale
Assistant Engineer Connor Hughes
SACD Mastering Engineer  Simon Gibson

Label management Andy Doe