The passion story from the Gospel of St. John, with poems by the American poet Carl Cook, set for unaccompanied vocal ensemble (alto, tenor, tenor, bass) in a flexible 40 minute work which mixes contemporary plainchant, arias and choruses. The role of Jesus is sung by the alto and the evangelist is split between the remaining 3 voices.
'The young British composer Robert Hugill's setting of the Passion - a text he compiled from St. John's gospel, interspersed with poems by Carl Cook from The Tranquil Lake of Love - has turned out to be one of the most original realisations of this subject for some time. . . . there is a timeless element in the modern setting which relates perfectly to the timeless quality of the passion story itself.'
Robert Matthew-Walker, Musical Opinion.
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