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Bach: St. John Passion / Otto, Bachorchester Mainz


Release Date: 02/09/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573817  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Petra Morath-PusinelliMatthias WinckhlerDaniel SansJulia Kleiter,   ... 
Conductor:  Ralf Otto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mainz Bach ChoirMainz Bach Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion is, along with the St. Matthew Passion, without doubt one of the most important works he ever composed. It established a new tradition for Good Friday vespers in Leipzig, and with sublime skill Bach managed to retain a spirit of church worship while creating an almost operatic narrative that movingly depicts Christ’s trial, death, and ultimate apotheosis. Bach’s numerous revisions always demand a certain amount of scholarly decision-making, and this recording of the St. John Passion uses the final 1749 version that not only draws on and reinforces the best of Bach’s original concept, but incorporates the additional movements of the 1725 version. Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion is, along with the St. Matthew Passion, without doubt one of the most important works he ever composed. It established a new tradition for Good Friday vespers in Leipzig, and with sublime skill Bach managed to retain a spirit of church worship while creating an almost operatic narrative that movingly depicts Christ’s trial, death, and ultimate apotheosis. Bach’s numerous revisions always demand a certain amount of scholarly decision-making, and this recording of the St. John Passion uses the final 1749 version that not only draws on and reinforces the best of Bach’s original concept, but incorporates the additional movements of the 1725 version. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Saint John Passion, BWV 245 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Petra Morath-Pusinelli (Organ), Matthias Winckhler (Bass), Daniel Sans (Tenor),
Julia Kleiter (Soprano), Gerhild Romberger (Alto), Georg Poplutz (Tenor),
Yorck Felix Speer (Bass)
Conductor:  Ralf Otto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mainz Bach Choir,  Mainz Bach Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 

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