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listen  1. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - No.1 Chorus: "Herr, unser Herrscher"English Baroque Soloists 9:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - No. 2 Evangelista,Jesus,Chorus: "Jesus ging mit seinen Juengern .." - "Jesum von Nazareth" - "Jesus spricht zu ihnen" - "Jesum von Nazareth" - "JesusEnglish Baroque Soloists 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - No.3 Choral: "O große Lieb, o Lieb ohn' alle Maße"English Baroque Soloists0:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - No.4 Evangelist, Jesus: "Auf daß das Wort erfüllet würde"English Baroque Soloists 1:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - No.5 Choral: "Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott zugleich"English Baroque Soloists0:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - No. 6 Evangelist:" Die Schar aber"English Baroque Soloists0:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - No.7 Aria (Alt): "Von den Stricken meiner Sünden"English Baroque Soloists 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - No.8 Evangelist: "Simon Petrus aber folgete Jesu nach"English Baroque Soloists0:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - No.9 Aria(Sopran): Ich folge dir gleichfalls"English Baroque Soloists 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - No.10 Evangelist, Ancilla, Petrus, Jesus, Servus: "Derselbige Jünger war dem Hohenpriester bekannt"English Baroque Soloists 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - No.11 Choral: "Wer hat dich so geschlagen"English Baroque Soloists 1:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - No.12 Evangelist, Chorus, Evangelist, Petrus, Servus: " Und Hannas sandte ihn gebunden "English Baroque Soloists 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - No.13 Aria (Tenor): "Ach mein Sinn"English Baroque Soloists 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - No.14 Choral: "Petrus, der nicht denkt zurück"English Baroque Soloists 1:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.15 Choral: "Christus, der uns selig macht"English Baroque Soloists 1:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.16 Evangelist, Pilatus, Chorus: " Da führeten sie Jesum "English Baroque Soloists 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.17 Choral: "Ach großer König, groß zu allen Zeiten"English Baroque Soloists 1:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.18 Evangelist, Pilatus, Jesus, Chorus, Evangelist: "Da sprach Pilatus zu ihnen"English Baroque Soloists 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.19 Arioso (Baß): "Betrachte, meine Seele"English Baroque Soloists 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.20 Aria (Tenor): " Erwäge, wie sein blutgefärbter Rücken"English Baroque Soloists 8:08$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.21 Evangelist, Pilatus, Jesus, Chorus: " Und die Kriegsknechte flochten "English Baroque Soloists 5:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.22 Choral: "Durch dein Gefängnis, Gottes Sohn"English Baroque Soloists0:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.23 Evangelist, Pilatus, Chorus: " Die Juden aber schrieen und sprachen "English Baroque Soloists 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.24 Aria (Baß) - Chor: "Eilt ihr angefochtnen Seelen"English Baroque Soloists 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.25 Evangelist, Chorus, Pilatus: " Allda kreuzigten sie ihn "English Baroque Soloists 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.26 Choral: "In meines Herzens Grunde"English Baroque Soloists0:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.27 Evangelist, Chorus, Evangelist: " Die Kriegsknechte aber "English Baroque Soloists 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.28 Choral: " Er nahm alles wohl in acht"English Baroque Soloists 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.29 Evangelist, Jesus: " Und von Stund an "English Baroque Soloists 1:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.30 Aria (Alt): " Es ist vollbracht "English Baroque Soloists 5:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.31 Evangelist: " Und neigte das Haupt und verschied "English Baroque Soloists0:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.32 Aria (baß) - Chorus: " Mein teurer Heiland "English Baroque Soloists 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.33 Evangelist: " Und siehe da "English Baroque Soloists0:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.34 Arioso (Tenor): " Mein Herz, indem die ganze Welt "English Baroque Soloists0:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.35 Aria (soprano): " Zerfließe, mein Herz "English Baroque Soloists 6:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.36 Evangelist: "Die Juden aber"English Baroque Soloists 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.37 Choral:" O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn"English Baroque Soloists 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.38 Evangelist: "Darnach bat Pilatum"English Baroque Soloists 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.39 Chorus: "Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine"English Baroque Soloists 6:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - No.40 Choral: "Ach Herr, laß dein lieb Engelein"English Baroque Soloists 1:45$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Nancy Argenta, Neill Archer, Cornelius Hauptmann, Michael Chance, et al.
  • Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Archiv Produktion
  • ASIN: B0000057CW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,087 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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All beautiful, justly famous works by one of the most devout and talented composers in European history.
Wyote
The choral group that I belong to alternates yearly Good Friday performances of J. S. Bach's St. John and St. Matthew Passions, and this year we're singing the former.
E. A. Lovitt
The great opening chorus is full of majesty and solemnity, and the chorus throughout bring out what drama there is to bring out in the turbae.
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73 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Peter Glidden VINE VOICE on July 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I bought this recording (1986) in 1990 when I was an undergrad, living my junior year abroad in Paris. I couldn't really afford the purchase, and ended up going hungry for a few days at the end of that particular month. Well, I survived, I now own five separate recordings of this piece as well as the score, I've seen Peter Schreier conduct while singing the evangelist/tenor solos, and I still treasure this set. This is a strictly "in-house" Gardiner production with all characters and soloists gleaned from the staunch ranks ofhis regulars and the small parts from the Monteverdi choir itself. The orchestral soloists (original instruments, of course) have all gone one to great careers (notably Paul Goodman (viola d'amore) and Lisa and Paul Beznosiuk (flute and viola d'amore, respectively)). Listen to the opening chorus, "Herr, unser Herrscher." The inexorable rhythm brought out by the cellos, the force of the choir mounting like a tide - there is no adequate metaphor nor hyperbole. And before discussing the soloists (my usual "passion") let me first commend the choir further with their consumate musicianship, switching from frenzy-mob to pious Lutherns with nary a measure of rest! Extraordinary work. The soloists! There is no evangelist like Anthony Rolfe-Johnson (with a rarissime slip up in a recitative on the first disk. I won't say where, if you don't notice it so much the better) and Stephen Varcoe is simply the warmest voice Jesus ever had (I will say that Andreas Schmidt is more potent in Gardiner's recording of the Matthaus). Corneilius Hauptman moves his manly baritone around like nobody's business in his last aria "Eilt ihr angefochtnen Seelen" yet his ariosos are melting and lovely.Read more ›
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By ewomack TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Bach supposedly wrote 5 passions, two of which survive complete. Of one only the libretto survives, and supposedly pieces of one passion exist in one of Bach's Cantatas. The St. John's Passion is the earliest extant passion of Bach's (composed in the 1720s), and, seeing that the enormous and overwhelming St.Matthew Passion also still exists complete, it has lived in the shadow of its grand predecessor. Not to mention that Bach revised and rummaged through the St.John Passion throughout his life, so there can be no claim to a standard or definitive version (this is not the case with the St. Matthew Passion).
This Passion is great in its own right. If the St.Matthew Passion did not exist, this work could almost take its place. Right from the opening bars it will be evident that great music is on its way, and it doesn't let up throughout the entire piece.
Structurally, the work is almost identical to the St. Matthew Passion, in that it is made up of Recitatives, choruses, and arias. A character named "Evangelist" tells the details of the story in recatitive; arias typically express the feelings of individual characters; and the choruses provide emotional and spiritual reflection on the current scenes. The piece is meant for Christian consumption, and allows the listener to identify with Jesus' suffering and sacrifice through music. Music doesn't typically get more religious than this. However, the music is so amazing that it can be enjoyed even on a non-religious level.
John Eliot Gardiner, The English Baroque Soloists, and the Monteverdi Choir are all in top form here. The performances are impeccable.
The 76-page CD booklet contains a fascinating history of the passion form.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Lovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on March 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The choral group that I belong to alternates yearly Good Friday performances of J. S. Bach's St. John and St. Matthew Passions, and this year we're singing the former. Although Bach performed his work with male altos and sopranos, we employ female voices in the chorus, and the Monteverdi choir on this recording splits the difference and uses female sopranos and male altos.
The English Baroque Soloists perform the orchestral accompaniment on period instruments, which allow them to balance their sound very beautifully against the chorus, even though there are more instrumentalists than singers. I believe the reason our music director uses his adult choir rather than his boys' choir on Good Friday is that his orchestra (pick-up musicians) with their modern instruments would tend to dominate the young voices.
So it is a pleasure to hear the more authentic Bach on this Archiv Produktion CD, even though there is no substitute for the experience of actually singing this mighty work. John Eliot Gardiner is able to speed his smaller, more flexible choir through the turbo choruses at tempi that must elicit a wistful sigh from my music director. His handling of the chorales sustains the emotional build-up of the Passion setting, and reinforces the listener's understanding as to why hymns were (and are) such an important part of a Protestant service.
The distinguished English tenor, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, sings the Evangelist in a clear, poignant tenor that is well-suited to this difficult role.
All of this recording's soloists sing their arias with intelligence and grace, but for me the final chorus is the emotional culmination of this Passion: "Rest well, rest well, Beloved, sweetly sleeping. That I may cease from further weeping, and let me too, rest well."
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