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
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]
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]
Works on This Recording
Saint John Passion, BWV 245 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Les Voix Baroques,
Arion Baroque Orchestra
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany
Venue: Chapel of the Grand Séminaire, Montreal
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