J S Bach - Johannes-Passion (Schumann version) | CPO 7770912

J S Bach - Johannes-Passion (Schumann version)

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Label: CPO

Cat No: 7770912

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 29th May 2006

Contents

Artists

Veronika Winter
Elisabeth Scholl
Gerhild Romberger
Jan Kobow
Ekkehard Able
Clemens Heidrich
Rheinische Kantorei
Das Kleine Konzert

Conductor

Hermann Max

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

St John Passion, BWV245 (1851 arr. by R. Schumann)

Artists

Veronika Winter
Elisabeth Scholl
Gerhild Romberger
Jan Kobow
Ekkehard Able
Clemens Heidrich
Rheinische Kantorei
Das Kleine Konzert

Conductor

Hermann Max

About

Bach’s music came to occupy a central position for Robert Schumann, following on from his delight at Mendelssohn’s performance of the St. Matthew Passion in Berlin in 1829. Schumann preferred the St. John Passion, which never engrossed Mendelssohn as did the Matthew. 
 
When Schumann was offered the post of music director in Düsseldorf in 1850, his first main project was to perform the St. John Passion, which had never been presented there, in April 1851: “It is much bolder, more powerful, and more poetic than the St. Matthew. This one seems to me not to be free of diffuseness and to be exceedingly long, but the other – how compact, how thoroughly genial, and of what art!” Robert Schumann 
 
Like Mendelssohn, Schumann adapted Bach’s musical language to his own time: he replaced instruments that were no longer in use, and orchestrated the original anew – together with other changes. 
 
Hermann Max has now undertaken a reconstruction of this remarkable artistic assimilation.

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