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J S Bach - Johannes-Passion | Brilliant Classics 94316

J S Bach - Johannes-Passion

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 94316

Barcode: 5028421943169

Format: CD + DVD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 27th February 2012

Contents

Artists

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)
Stephen Richardson (bass)
Catherine Bott (soprano)
Michael Chance (alto)
Paul Agnew (tenor)
Stephen Varcoe (bass)
Choir of King’s College
Brandenburg Consort

Conductor

Stephen Cleobury

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

St John Passion, BWV245

Artists

John Mark Ainsley (tenor)
Stephen Richardson (bass)
Catherine Bott (soprano)
Michael Chance (alto)
Paul Agnew (tenor)
Stephen Varcoe (bass)
Choir of King’s College
Brandenburg Consort

Conductor

Stephen Cleobury

About

Passions are musical descriptions of the events in the life of Christ, from the entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to the Crucifixion. 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 introduced the 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.

Special package: the full length CD recording (2 CDs) plus the DVD of the same recording, filmed in the famous King’s College Chapel in Cambridge.

Cast:
- John Mark Ainsley (Evangelist)
- Stephen Richardson (Christus)
- Stephen Varcoe (Pilatus)

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