Bach: St. John Passion / Bruggen, Orchestra of the 18th Century

Release Date: 4/26/2011
Label: Glossa
Catalog Number: GCD921113
Conductor: Frans Brüggen
Number of Discs: 2

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
One of the many delights coming from Frans Brüggen's distinguished career has been the understanding which he brings to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach - such as here with the St John Passion - whether on the concert platform or on record. Brüggen's cultured feeling for Bach's musical structures as much as for its style and expressive content permits a textural clarity enjoyed by few of his directing colleagues. A special wealth of experience in the music of Bach has also been gained by the members of the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century across the three decades of its existence and as part of its regular concert series (there have now been over a hundred of these tours!) and with a concentrated opportunity to focus on one work, Bach's masterpiece was performed and recorded in Spring 2010. Also of special note on this new recording is the presence of a solo group comprising both distinguished and rising talents, led by Markus Schäfer as the Evangelist and Thomas Oliemans as Jesus, and with Michael Chance and Marcel Beekman singing arias together with the added luxury of the present-day "Bach bass" par excellence in Peter Kooij and the radiant-voiced Carolyn Sampson. Choral support comes from the Cappella Amsterdam, also present (as was Peter Kooij) on another of Frans Brüggen's recent revisitings for Glossa and The Grand Tour of the glories of Bach's choral music, the B minor Mass (GCD 921112).



This 'live' recording will gladden the heart of anyone who is weary of the small-scale, one-to-a-part performances that have become fashionable in recent years. Cappella Amsterdam numbers only 24 singers but they produce plenty of decibels when required. Schäfer paces his recitatives well, his tone reminiscent of Peter Schreier's. Carolyn Sampson dispatches her two arias in style.

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Works on This Recording
1. Saint John Passion, BWV 245 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Carolyn Sampson (Soprano), Markus Schäfer (Tenor), Marcel Beekman (Tenor), Peter Kooy (Bass), Thomas Oliemans (Baritone), Michael Chance (Countertenor)
Conductor: Frans Brüggen
Period: Baroque
Written: 1724 ; Leipzig, Germany
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