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2014-10-07

Wade Thompson Drill Hall, Park Avenue Armory

U.S. Premiere
MARK PADMORE - Bach St Matthew Passion - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra - Sir Simon Rattle - New York St. John Passion review: "...Mark Padmore, one of the great Evangelists of our time, and superb here. A wandering witness to terrible events he helplessly recalls, he is a cousin of the shellshocked Captain Vere he portrayed in Britten's Billy Budd at the Brooklyn Academy of Music a few weeks ago...the sensitivity with which he described Peter warming himself, the majestic way he unfurled the word 'weinete' (wept) or his soaring line after Jesus declares Pilate powerless...Mr. Padmore's performance was an integrated, unforgettable vocal and dramatic whole. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 27 February, 2014

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