J.S. Bach: Johannes Passion

J.S. Bach: Johannes Passion
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Artist John Mark Ainsley tenor
Stephen Richardson bass
Catherine Bott soprano
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Stephen Cleobury conductor
Format 2 CD, DVD
Cat. number 94316
EAN code 5028421943169
Release February 2012

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About this release

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. Passions are musical descriptions of the events in the life of Christ, from the entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to the Crucifixion. Bach’s Johannes Passion is on a smaller scale than its big brother Matthäus Passion, yet in its intimate and deeply emotional language it may make an even more profound impression.

Other information:
- Recorded on March 1996: the full length CD recording plus the DVD of the same recording, filmed in the famous King’s College Chapel in Cambridge.
- Includes each different '1725' movement as an extra appendix.
- 'There are fine contributions especially from Stephen Varcoe, and an exceptionally immediate and affecting ‘Es ist vollbracht’ from Michael Chance.’ Gramophone
- Booklet note and sung texts included

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Johannes Passion: Part 1: Chorus: Herr, unser Herrscher
  2. Johannes Passion: Part 1: Recitative: Jesus ging mit seinen Jüngern
  3. Johannes Passion: Part 1: Chorale: O große Lieb
  4. Johannes Passion: Part 1: Recitative: Auf daß das Wort erfüllet wurde
  5. Johannes Passion: Part 1: Chorale: Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott, zugleich
  6. Johannes Passion: Part 1: Recitative: Die Schar aber und der Oberhauptmann
  7. Johannes Passion: Part 1: Aria (Alto): Von den Stricken meiner Sünden
  8. Johannes Passion: Part 1: Recitative: Simon Petrus aber folgete Jesu nach
  9. Johannes Passion: Part 1: Aria (Soprano): Ich folge dir gleichfalls mit freudigen Schritten
  10. Johannes Passion: Part 1: Recitative: Derselbige Jünger war dem Hohenpriester bekannt
  11. Johannes Passion: Part 1: Chorale: Wer hat dich so geschlagen
  12. Johannes Passion: Part 1: Recitative: Und Hannas sandte ihn gebunden
  13. Johannes Passion: Part 1: Aria (Tenor): Ach, mein Sinn
  14. Johannes Passion: Part 1: Chorale: Petrus, der nicht denkt zurück
  15. Johannes Passion: Part 1: Chorale: Christus, der uns selig macht
  16. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Recitative: Da führeten sie Jesum von Kaipha vor das Richthaus
  17. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Chorale: Ach großer König
  18. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Recitative: Da sprach Pilatus zu ihm
  19. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Arioso (Bass): Betrachte, meine Seele
  20. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Aria (Tenor): Erwäge, wie sein blutgefärbter Rücken
  21. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Recitative: Und die Kriegsknechte flochten eine Krone
  22. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Chorus: Durch dein Gefängnis, Gottes Sohn
  23. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Recitative: Die Juden aber schrieen und sprachen
  24. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Aria (Bass): Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen
  25. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Recitative: Allda kreuzigten sie ihn
  26. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Chorale: In meines Herzens Grunde

Disk 2

  1. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Recitative: Die Kriegsknechte aber
  2. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Chorale: Er nahm alles wohl in acht
  3. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Recitative: Und von Stund an nahm sie die Jünger
  4. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Aria (Alto): Es ist vollbracht!
  5. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Recitative: Und neiget das Haupt und verschied
  6. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Aria (Bass): Mein teurer Heiland, laß dich fragen
  7. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Recitative: Und siehe da, der Vorhang im Tempel zerriß
  8. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Arioso (Tenor): Mein Herz, indem die ganze Welt
  9. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Aria (Soprano): Zerfließe, mein Herze
  10. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Recitative: Die Juden aber, dieweil es der Rüsttag war
  11. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Chorale: O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn
  12. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Recitative: Darnach bat Pilatum Joseph von Arimathia
  13. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Chorus: Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine
  14. Johannes Passion: Part 2: Chorale: Ach Herr, laß dein lieb Engelein
  15. Johannes Passion: Appendix: Chorale: O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß
  16. Johannes Passion: Appendix: Aria (Bass): Himmel reiße, Welt erbebe
  17. Johannes Passion: Appendix: Aria (Tenor): Zerschmettert mich
  18. Johannes Passion: Appendix: Aria (Tenor): Ach windet euch nicht so
  19. Johannes Passion: Appendix: Chorale: Christe, du Lamm Gottes