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The St Matthew Passion at the Cadogan Hall revealed the depth of British tenor talent, but the Ring at Covent Garden is so far only a partial success

By Stephen Everson   May 2005

British tenors on the march These are good times for British tenors. Ian Bostridge is, of course, the great star, but happily he is not non pareil. In John Mark Ainsley and Paul Agnew, for instance, he has contemporaries of equal musical distinction and perhaps of more secure vocal resources. At the Monteverdi Choir’s recent performance of the St Matthew Passion at the Cadogan Hall under John Eliot Gardiner, the Evangelist was Mark Padmore, who firmly demonstrated that he is to be counted alongside these others. Although he started off his narration in a properly matter-of-fact way, his delivery became…

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