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Bach: Johannes-Passion / Jacobs, RIAS Kammerchor

Release Date: 04/01/2016 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 802236  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sunhae ImWerner GüraBenno SchachtnerJohannes Weisser,   ... 
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio ChorusAcademy for Ancient Music Berlin
Number of Discs: 3 
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Bach revised his Johannes-Passion regularly. He returned to it over a period of 26 years, from 1724 until his death. It is the version hallowed by tradition, established by the Kantor a year before his death, that is presented on these CDs. However, the 1725 version, equally outstanding musically, has also been recorded complete and can be downloaded as a bonus in high-resolution sound. Comparison of the two versions reveals the underlying meaning of this matchless Passion.



Jacobs picks singers to suit his purpose, and all here show a controlled expressive ardency that
Read more never allows the performance’s emotional coherence to slip. Werner Güra’s Evangelist is both elegant and immediate, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin are typically excellent, and while the RIAS Chamber Choir is not as coolly blended an ensemble as some, who says it has to be in a piece where personal involvement counts for so much.

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Works on This Recording

Saint John Passion, BWV 245 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sunhae Im (Soprano), Werner Güra (Tenor), Benno Schachtner (Countertenor),
Johannes Weisser (Baritone), Sebastian Kohlhepp (Tenor)
Conductor:  René Jacobs
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Chorus,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 

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