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Bach: Markus-Passion / Koch, Gutenberg Kammerchor, Neumeyer Consort

Release Date: 04/06/2018 
Label:  Christophorus   Catalog #: 77423  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Georg PoplutzJulien FreymuthJasmin HornerChristian Wagner
Conductor:  Felix Koch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neumeyer ConsortGutenberg Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bach’s lost St Mark Passion was first performed in Leipzig on Good Friday 1731 and a second time in 1744 in a revised version. Though Bach's music is lost, the libretto by Picander is still extant, and from this, the work can to some degree be reconstructed. Unlike Bach's earlier existing passions (St John Passion and St Matthew Passion), the Markus-Passion is probably a parody – it recycles previous works. Which of his own works Bach may have taken for his St Mark Passion led to numerous speculations. Differently from further reconstructions the Frankfurt musicologist Prof. Karl Böhmer used the revised Picander text from 1744 which schedules one Aria and a chorale more than the 1731 version. Other parts have been revised and Read more complemented. The recitative parts and the choruses for the crowd are not anymore reconstructable and Felix Koch with his Gutenberg Chamber Choir and the Neumeyer Consort foregoes wild speculations or new compositions. These parts are spoken by Wolfgang Vater after the revised Picander version from 1744. Read less

Works on This Recording

Saint Mark Passion, BWV 247 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Georg Poplutz (Tenor), Julien Freymuth (Alto), Jasmin Horner (Soprano),
Christian Wagner (Bass)
Conductor:  Felix Koch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neumeyer Consort,  Gutenberg Chamber Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731; Leipzig, Germany 

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