Critics praise Golgotha concert
Last Friday's performance of Frank Martin's Golgotha in King's College Chapel has been lauded by critics. The concert was conducted by the Director of Music at King's, Stephen Cleobury.
Andrew Clements in The Guardian gave the concert four out of five stars and praised the 'austere grandeur of the choral writing, imposingly delivered by the Philharmonia Chorus'.
Richard Morrisson in The Times also gave the concert four stars. He said, 'I was glad to hear it, especially performed as nobly as here (as part of the Easter at King’s festival), by the BBC Concert Orchestra and Philharmonia Chorus under Stephen Cleobury’s painstaking direction.'
Some parts of the performance contained a 'rapt intimacy', whilst 'some climaxes almost sent that fan-vaulted ceiling into orbit'.
Frank Martin's Golgotha is a rarely-heard piece, but you can listen to a recording of the performance from King's on the BBC iPlayer until Friday.
The Golgotha concert was one of several concerts held as part of Easter at King's.
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