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Bach: St. John Passion / Cleobury, Brandenburg Consort [2 CDs+DVD]


Release Date: 03/27/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94316  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  John Mark AinsleyStephen RichardsonCatherine BottMichael Chance,   ... 
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg ConsortCambridge King's College Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

• Special package: the full length CD recording plus the DVD of the same recording, filmed in the famous King’s College Chapel in Cambridge.
• Bach’s Johannes-Passion is on a smaller scale than its big brother Matthäus Passion, yet in its intimate and deeply emotional language it may make an even more profound impression.
• Excellent performance by world famous soloists (John Mark Ainsley, Catherine Bott, Michael Chance) and the King’s College Choir Cambridge, conducted by Stephen Cleobury.

Bach produced his St John Passion in 1724, and it was his first setting of the Passion story. The premiere of the first version took place on Good Friday in Leipzig at the Nicolaikirche. Johann Kuhnau had introdu- ced the
Read more tradition of Passion oratorios to Leipzig a few years earlier. Bach’s work underwent several revisions right up to the late 1740s, and was performed regularly in all versions.

Bach’s Passions have an interesting history. He is credited with five, but only two survive intact, the St John and the St Matthew. The St Mark manuscript was destroyed during a bombing raid in the Second World War, although some music and the text survived, and it has been reconstructed and subsequently recorded.

Passion settings appear to have occupied Bach from early on in his career. Some of the material used in the St John Passion dates back to 1714, and it is now believed that Bach reused material from an earlier and now lost Passion. In fact, Bach’s endless revisions saw material from the St Matthew Passion being included in the St John, several Sinfonias were added, and then removed, and these in turn provide material for the many incomplete concertos in Bach’s catalogue of works. Passions are musical descriptions of the events in the life of Christ, from the entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to the Crucifixion.

OTHER INFORMATION:
• Recording made in 2003.
• The 1725 version is used in this recording.
• ‘There are fine contributions especially from Stephen Varcoe, and an exceptionally immediate and affecting ‘Es ist vollbracht’ from Michael Chance.’ Gramophone.
• Booklet note and sung texts. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Saint John Passion, BWV 245 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  John Mark Ainsley (Tenor), Stephen Richardson (Bass), Catherine Bott (Soprano),
Michael Chance (Alto), Paul Agnew (Tenor), Stephen Varcoe (Bass)
Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg Consort,  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 

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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Aria: Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen (Bass)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Recitative: Allda kreuzigten sie ihn - Was ich geschrieden habe (Evangelist, Pilatus)
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)
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)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Chorale: O Mensch, bewein' dein Sunde gross (Chorus)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Aria: Himmel reisse, Welt erbebe (Bass)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part I: Aria: Zerschmettert mich, ihr Felsen und ihr Hugel (Tenor)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Aria: Ach windet euch nicht so (Tenor)
St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part II: Chorale: Christe, du Lamm Gottes (Chorus)

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