Wood, C: St Mark Passion

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Wood, C: St Mark Passion



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28th April 2008




61 minutes


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Wood, C: St Mark Passion

Jonathan Vaughn (organ), Simon Wall (tenor), James Birchall (baritone), Edward Grint (bass) & Ruth Jenkins (soprano)

The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge, Daniel Hyde (director)



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Charles Wood made an important contribution to Anglican church music, with liturgical settings that remain part of cathedral choral repertoire. Answering a request from Eric Milner-White, the then Dean of King’s College, Cambridge, Wood completed his setting of the St Mark Passion in August 1920. As with J.S. Bach’s inclusion of Lutheran chorales in his St John Passion, here the flow of the biblical narrative in English, interspersed with well-known hymns for choir and congregation, provides the key to the work’s success.

Charles Wood: St. Mark Passion

Hymn: Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle (Chorus)

First Gospel: And the first day of unleavened bread (Evangelist, Jesus, Chorus)

Hymn: The Heavenly Word proceeding forth (Chorus)

Second Gospel: And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane (Evangelist, Jesus, Chorus, Judas)

Hymn: Lord, when we bow before Thy Throne (Chorus)

Third Gospel: And they led Jesus away to the high priests (Evangelist, High Priest, Jesus, Chorus, First maid, Peter, Second maid, Servants)

Hymn: My God, I love Thee (Soprano, Chorus)

Fourth Gospel: And straightway in the morning (Evangelist, Pilate, Jesus, Chorus)

Hymn: Faithful Cross! Above all other (Chorus)

Fifth Gospel: And they bring Him into the place Golgotha (Evangelist, Chorus, Jesus, Bystander)

Hymn: Bend thy boughs, O Tree of Glory! (Chorus)

Edward C. Bairstow: Toccata-Prelude on Pange Lingua

Toccata-Prelude on Pange Lingua

Gramophone Magazine

October 2008

“Modestly tasteful, Wood's St Mark still fails to engender any passion.”

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