Bach: St. John Passion [2016 Recording]

Bach: St. John Passion [2016 Recording]

by Choir of King's College, CambridgeChoir of King's College

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Bach's "St. John Passion, BWV 245," is a grand work, especially with its monumental "Herr, unser Herrscher" opening chorus that appears in the 1724 version here by conductor Stephen Cleobury, in contrast to his earlier recordings of the work. This recording is live, made during Cambridge University's Easter celebrations in 2016, and it's got the appropriate pomp and circumstance. Yet the Passion is also an intimate work, with a strong element of stage drama in the interchange between soloists and the chorus in its direct role in the story. How you feel about this recording may depend on your feelings about performances of the work by a choir of men and boys. This was what Bach had at his disposal in Leipzig, but the general tendency has been toward the more sober, thicker sound of adult women in the upper voices. Regardless of your own preference, the boys of the Choir of King's College are consistently aware of what they're singing about here: there's an X factor in the work's favor that comes from its liveliness and from the way the musicians rise to the demands of live performance. The soloists, especially Neal Davies in the difficult part of Jesus, are quite strong, and the performance works well even in spite of passages where the choir might have been able to achieve a cleaner sound in a studio recording. The King's College chapel has never sounded better. Recommended, especially for those who like a boy-choir sound in Bach.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2017
Label: Choir King's College
UPC: 0822231701828
catalogNumber: 18
Rank: 13883


  1. St. John Passion (Johannespassion), BWV 245 (BC D2)

    1. Part One: No. 1 Chor: Herr, unser Herrscher  (09:25)
    2. Part Two: No. 21 Rezitativ: Und die Kriegsknechte flochten eine Krone  (06:02)
    3. Part One: No. 2 Rezitativ: Jesus ging mit seinen Jüngern  (02:25)
    4. Part Two: No. 22 Choral: Durch dein Gefängnis, Gottes Sohn  (00:50)
    5. Part One: No. 3 Choral: O große Lieb  (00:42)
    6. Part Two: No. 23: Rezitativ: Die Jüden aber schrieen und sprachen  (04:10)
    7. Part One: No. 4 Rezitativ: Auf daß das Wort erfüllet würde  (01:04)
    8. Part Two: No. 24 Arie: Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen  (04:20)
    9. Part One: No. 5 Choral: Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott, zugleich  (00:47)
    10. Part Two: No. 25 Rezitativ: Allda kreuzigten sie ihn  (02:10)
    11. Part One: No. 6 Rezitativ: Die Schar aber und der Oberhauptmann  (00:43)
    12. Part Two: No. 26 Choral: In meines Herzens Grunde  (00:50)
    13. Part One: No. 7 Arie: Von den Stricken meiner Sünden  (04:53)
    14. Part Two: No. 27 Rezitativ: Die Kriegsknechte aber  (03:39)
    15. Part One: No. 8 Rezitativ: Simon Petrus aber folgete Jesu nach  (00:12)
    16. Part Two: No. 28 Choral: Er nahm alles wohl in acht  (01:00)
    17. Part One: No. 9 Arie: Ich folge dir gleichfalls  (03:56)
    18. Part Two: No. 29 Rezitativ: Und von Stund an nahm sie der Jünger  (01:16)
    19. Part One: No. 10 Rezitativ: Derselbige Jünger war dem Hohenpriester bekannt  (03:03)
    20. Part Two: No. 30 Aries: Es ist vollbracht  (04:44)
    21. Part One: No. 11: Choral: Wer hat dich so geschlagen  (01:27)
    22. Part Two: No. 31 Rezitativ: Und neiget das Haupt  (00:26)
    23. Part One: No. 12 Rezitativ: Und Hannas sandte ihn gebunden  (02:13)
    24. Part Two: No. 32 Arie: Mein teurer Heiland, laß dich fragen  (04:13)
    25. Part One: No. 13 Arie: Ach, mein Sinn  (02:33)
    26. Part Two: No. 33 Rezitativ: Und siehe da, der Vorhang im Tempel zerriß  (00:25)
    27. Part One: No. 14 Choral: Petrus, der nicht denkt zurück  (01:16)
    28. Part Two: No. 34 Arioso: Mein Herz, indem die ganze Welt  (00:55)
    29. Part Two: No. 15 Choral: Christus, der uns selig macht  (00:57)
    30. Part Two: No. 35 Arie: Zerfließe, mein Herze  (06:34)
    31. Part Two: No. 16 Rezitativ: Da führeten sie Jesum  (04:22)
    32. Part Two: No. 36 Rezitativ: Die Jüden aber, dieweil es der Rüsttag war  (02:06)
    33. Part Two: No. 17 Choral: Ach großer König  (01:19)
    34. Part Two: No. 37 Choral: O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn  (00:56)
    35. Part Two: No. 18 Rezitativ: Da sprach Pilatus zu ihm  (01:58)
    36. Part Two: No. 38 Rezitativ: Darnach bat Pilatum Joseph von Arimathia  (02:06)
    37. Part Two: No. 19 Arioso: Betrachte, meine Seel  (02:13)
    38. Part Two: No. 39 Chor: Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine  (06:31)
    39. Part Two: No. 20 Arie: Erwäge, wie sein blutgefärbter Rücken  (08:24)
    40. Part Two: No. 40 Choral: Ach Herr, laß dein lieb Engelein  (01:56)

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