Mark Padmore

The brilliant Mark Padmore, Passion Evangelist par excellence, made a suitable guest on the Easter edition of Private passions.

He began by reminding us of the liturgical context of Bach’s own performances, pointing out that not only did Bach only hear the John Passion four times, but as he constantly revised his works, it was not simply about new composition but also about adapting elements of the whole tradition. All of which, surprise surprise, reminds me of Daoist ritual and Li Qing.

Mark went on to choose Lorraine Hunt Lieberson singing Mahler’s Ich bin wer welt abhenden bekommen (for which I will be regaling you with another awe-inspiring recording in July!), ending with another kind of devotional singing—from Mahalia Jackson.

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