Marcel Pérès (narrator), François Fauché (Jesus), Josep Benet Caiaphas), Josep Cabré (The Priest, Longinus), Astrid Maugard (Mary), Pasquale Mourey (Martha, a courtesan), Bruno Boterf (Judas), Cyrille Gerstenhaber (Mary Magdalena), Dominique Visse (the Angel), Antoine Sicot (the merchant), Philippe Cantor (Pilate), Samuel Husser (the Lover, John), Florence Limon (a courtesan, the maid-servant), Malcolm Bothwell (Peter, Herode), Laurence Brisset, Pascale Poulard
Originating in the monastery of Benediktbeuren, the manuscript of the 'Carmina Burana' contained very little religious music. 'The Great Mystery of the Passion' is one of these rare pieces: a far cry from the ribaldry of most of the others to which the collection owes its popularity. Composed during the 13th century, it is an admirable example of the traditional liturgical drama, presenting a staged dramatisation of the characters which prefigure the great Mysteries of the 15th century. A masterpiece of a certain medieval classicism, this Passion was restaged in 1988 by the Atelier Lyrique du Rhin, in collaboration with the Ensemble Organum. This is a recording of that performance. This title was released for the first time in 1990.
21st October 2015
“Despite the recording’s age, it is as fresh and full of impact as if very recent … Throughout, the vowels are open and project the emotion from what seems like the very souls of the participants. Yet phrasing is always controlled and apposite…they slowly and inexorably compose an act of recognition which seems to emanate in generations of these Bavarian believers’ hearts. Such is the technical skill and experience of Pérès and the Ensemble Organum.”