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Bach: Johannes Passion / Weimann, Les Voix Baroques, Arion Baroque Orchestra

Bach / Arion Orchestre Baroques / Weimann
Release Date: 01/31/2012 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 2611   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix BaroquesArion Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Les Voix Baroques and Arion Baroque Orchestra combine their outstanding talents for this new ATMA recording of the St. John Passion by Bach, under the direction of organist and conductor Alexander Weimann. This recording was produced at the Chapel of the Grand Séminaire in Montreal, following performances during the 2010 Bach Festival in Montreal. The St. John Passion follows the rules of an oratorio: The story, – essentially the last days of Christ’s life – is drawn from the Gospel according to John, and features commentary throughout in the form of choruses sung by the choir. In this work, Bachreaches an incomparable profundity of expressiveness not by rote association of musical motif with image,, but by the beauty of his Read more melodies, the feeling associated with various keys, and the richness of his harmonies.

R E V I E W S:

...the ATMA disc has a luminous and gently penetrating emotional impact (with one of the most moving accounts of 'Es ist vollbracht' in recent years from Meg Bragle). The instruments are discreet and yet integral, and the quality of the production adds up to a very significant, incrementally impressive new reading.

-- Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Gramophone [8/1/2012]

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Itinerant Baroque-specialist conductor Alexander Weimann leads a fantastic new recording of J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion.

What makes this two-CD set so compelling is its overall proportion and balance. Bach’s musical setting is dramatic yet intimate. Some conductors prefer to highlight the drama, others prefer to focus on the intimate power of the Christian Passion story, which outlines how Jesus had to be condemned, suffer and die in order for humankind to be saved from its sins... Weimann achieves the ideal middle ground by relying on Bach’s very carefully laid-out text and music... [St. John Passion] is one of the great monuments of Western sacred music. This fine recording does it full justice.

-- John Terauds, Musical Toronto [2/7/2012]
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Works on This Recording

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Saint John Passion, BWV 245 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Alexander Weimann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Voix Baroques,  Arion Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Chapel of the Grand Séminaire, Montreal 

Sound Samples

St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Chorale: Herr, unser Herrscher (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Recitative: Jesus ging mit seinen Jungern (Evangelist) - Wen suchet ihr? (Evangelist, Jesus) - Jesum von Nazareth! (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Chorale: O grosse Lieb (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Recitative: Auf dass das Wort erfullet wurde (Evangelist, Jesus) - Strecke dein Schwert in die Scheide! (Evangelist, Jesus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Chorale: Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott, zugleich (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Recitative: Die Schar aber und der Oberhauptmann (Evangelist)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Aria: Von den Strikken meiner Sunden (Alto)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Recitative: Simon Petrus aber folgete Jesu nach (Evangelist)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Aria: Ich folge dir gleichfalls (Soprano)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Recitative: Derselbige Junger war (Evangelist) - Bist du nicht dieses Menschen Junger einer? (Chorus) - Ich bin's nicht! - (Evangelist, Magd, Petrus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Chorale: Wer hat dich so geschlagen (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Recitative: Und Hannas sandte ihn gebunden (Evangelist) - Ich bin nicht - Sahe ich dich (Evangelist, Petrus, Deiner) - Bist du nicht (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Aria: Ach, mein Sinn, wo willt du endlich hin (Tenor)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Chorale: Petrus, der nicht denkt zuruck (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Chorale: Christus, der uns selig macht (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Recitative: Da fuhreten sie Jesum - Was bringet ihr - Redest du das (Evangelist, Pilatus, Jesus) - Ware dieser nicht ein (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Chorale: Ach grosser Konig (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Recitative: Da sprach Pilatus zu ihm - So bist du dennoch - Was is Wahrheit? (Evangelist, Jesus, Pilatus) - Nicht diesen (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Arioso: Betrachte, meine Seel (Bass)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Aria: Erwage, wie sein blutgefarbter Rucken (Tenor)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Recitative: Und die kriegsknechte flochten - Sehet, ich fuhre - Du hattest keine (Evangelist, Pilatus, Jesus) - Sei gegrubet (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Chorale: Durch dein Gefangnis, Gottes Sohn (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Recitative: Die Juden aber schrieen (Evangelist) - Sehet, das ist euer Konig! (Evangelist, Pilatus) - Lassest du diesen los (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Aria: Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen (Bass) - Eilt - Wohin? (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Recitative: Allda kreuzigten sie ihn - Was ich geschrieden habe (Evangelist, Pilatus) - Schreibe nicht (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Chorale: In meines Herzens Grunde (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Recitative: Die Kriegsknechte aber - Lasset uns den nicht zerteilen - Auf dass erfullet wurde die Schrift (Evangelist, Jesus, Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Chorale: Er nahm alles wohl in acht (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Recitative: Und von Stund an - Mich durstet! (Evangelist, Jesus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Aria: Es ist vollbracht (Alto)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Recitative: Und neigte das Haupt und verschied (Evangelist)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Aria: Mein teurer Heiland (Bass) - Jesu, der du warest tot (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Recitative: Und siehe da, der Vorhang (Evangelist)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Arioso: Mein Herz, indem die ganze Welt (Tenor)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Aria: Zerfliesse, mein Herze (Soprano)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Recitative: Die Juden aber (Evangelist)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Chorale: O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Recitative: Darnach bat Pilatum (Evangelist)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Chorale: Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Chorale: Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein (Chorus)

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