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Caldwell: Good Friday

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2006

Originally recorded in 2006


Oxford Contemporary Sinfonia

Benjamin Nicholas

Nicholas Chalmers

The Choir of Lincoln College Oxford


St Silas The Martyr, Kentish Town, London

Exeter College Chapel, Oxford


Michael Ponder


K & A Productions Ltd

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Total Time - 75:52
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Good Friday

  Good Friday is an opera-oratorio based on the crucifixion narrative as told in the Gospel according to St John.  
  Scene 1: In the garden of Gethsemane 14:11      
1 'Reminiscere miserationum tuarum' 6:19
2 'By force and by law' 3:51
3 'Sciebat autem et Judas' 4:01
  Scene II: In the palace of Caiaphas 13:07      
4 Interlude/'Sequabatur autem Jesum' 2:24
5 'Numquid'/'Aren't you another' 3:17
6 'Sir, this fellow said' 1:24
7 'The words are your own' 2:12
8 'Adducunt ergo Jesum' 3:50
  Scene III: Inside and outside the Praetorium 23:43      
9 Organ solo 3:09
10 'Erat autem mane' 5:13
11 'Tune ergo apprehendit' 2:55
12 'Exivit iterum Pilatus' 6:47
13 'Et bajulans sibi crucem' 5:39
  Scene IV: On Calvary 24:51      
14 'Ubi crucifixerunt eum' 3:19
15 'Popule meus' (1) 3:50
16 'Stabat autem juxta Christi crucem' 1:48
17 'Rex caelestis' 4:11
18 'Popule meus' (2) 1:44
19 'Ecce lignum' 2:37
20 'Pange lingua' 7:22
  Philip Gault - Celebrant/Jesus  
  Benedict Linton - Evangelista/John  
  Adam Tunnicliffe - Synagoga/James  
  Nick Berry - Christus/Peter  
  Rebeca Hewitt - Maid  
  Alister Whitford - Annas  
  Patrick Lord - Caiaphas  
  Douglas Murry - False Witness 1  
  John Cotton - False Witness 2  
  Alastair Merry - Pilate  
  Sophy Harford - Mary  
  Joanna Sherratt - Mary Magdalene  
  Rebecca Hewitt - Maria Jacobi  
 Nicholas Chalmers
  With players fronm the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra:  
  Douglas Boyd oboe - Leila Ward cor anglais - Antony Pay clarinet - Duncan Swindells bass clarinet - Julie Price bassoon - Roger Clark horn  
 Benjamin Nicholas
  March and April 1999  
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"Not to be missed"

The Organ - 27 February 2000


Rick Jones - Evening Standard 23 March 2000

"Above all, this is an emotionally convincing performance, tightly directed by Benjamin Nicholàs and well recorded." "WARMLY RECOMENDED"

Simon Heighs - International Records Review - April 2000

"...The Choir of Lincoln College, the Oxford Contemporary Sinfonia, and soloists from the Royal Philharmonic link choral processionals which are raw settings of medieval. All is skilfully held together by the conductor, Benjamin Nicholas, who brings to this recording all the momentum of a live performance"

Hillary Finch - The Times - 18 April 2000

       Record of the MONTH
"For something off the beaten track that is utterly compelling in its thrilling combination of the liturgical and dramatic, readers should urgently seek out John Caldwell’s Good Friday (Record of the Month). The natural generic successor to Britten’s canticles, Caldwell’s musical language achieves a Berg-like intensity on occasion, but it is the haunting reminiscences of everything from Brahms, Stravinsky and Walton to Gregorian Chant flowing effortlessly in and out of the music that leave the greatest impression. This reaches levels of almost Satie-like, vaudeville parody in the passage featuring Peter’s first denial, yet the overriding impression of this extraordinary work is a majestic nobility that – stylistic disparity aside – I found hauntingly reminiscent of Honegger’s Le roi David."

Julian Haylock -  Classics FM - August 2000

"...a veritable compulsory purchase."

Michael Ball - Organist’s Review - August 2000

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