The U.K.'s Durham Cathedral provides a reverent backdrop for contemporary composer Arvo Pärt's Latin setting of Chapters 18 and 19 of the Gospel According to St. John, which recalls the purity and timelessness of the great musical Passions from the 17th century. What distinguishes Pärt's setting is the many pauses; "Silence is always more perfect than music," he observes. "One must just learn to hear this." John Potter sings the role of Pilate, and Michael George is Christ.
"Who could fail to be moved by that final harmonic shift into the major key, and an ending so tumultuous and transformative?"—The Scotsman
"A musically outstanding interpretetion."—Pizzicato