Notes and Editorial Reviews
This new recording by Bach specialist Helmuth Rilling comes with a third CD that traces the work’s complex history and offers samples of the variant versions. In particular, Rilling includes the five ‘new’ movements that Bach used only in the 1725 St John (opening chorus, three arias, closing chorale) and which recent research suggests may derive from a 1717 Passion, now lost. Apart from a 1732 scoring of the arioso ‘Betrachte, meine Seel’, the remainder of the bonus disc comprises excerpts rather than complete movements and focuses chiefly on the 1739 revisions. Each track is preceded by a spoken commentary from Rilling, who succinctly discusses the likely reasons for Bach’s alterations. This is fascinating, well-presented material, of
obvious interest to all Bach aficionados.
Rilling’s performance of the ‘usual’ (1724-based) St John should impress too, especially those who like their Bach gloss-finished by a large chorus and string section.
-- BBC Music Magazine
Works on This Recording
Saint John Passion, BWV 245 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Ingeborg Danz (Alto),
David Stingl (Bass),
Alexander Efanov (Tenor),
Andreas Schmidt (Baritone),
James Taylor (Tenor)
Stuttgart Bach Collegium,
Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany
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