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listen  1. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - "Sire, Lord and Master"Wandsworth School Boys Choir10:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - "Jesus Went With His Disciples"Wandsworth School Boys Choir 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - "O generous Love!"Wandsworth School Boys Choir 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - "So That the Word Might Be Fulfilled"Benjamin Britten 1:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - "Thy Will Be Done, O God Of Love"Wandsworth School Boys Choir0:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - "The Band Then, Together With the Captain"Benjamin Britten0:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - "To Release Me From the Prison"Alfreda Hodgson 5:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - "Simon Peter Also Followed Jesus From Afar"Benjamin Britten0:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - "I'll Follow Thee Also"Benjamin Britten 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - "Now That Same Disciple Was Known Unto the High Priest"Benjamin Britten 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - "Ah, Who Would Dare To Smite Thee?"Wandsworth School Boys Choir 1:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - "Now Annas Sent Him Bound Unto the High Priest"Benjamin Britten 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - "Ah! Take Flight"Benjamin Britten 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - "Peter, Who Denied His Lord"Wandsworth School Boys Choir 1:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "Christ, Who Gave Us Life and Light"Wandsworth School Boys Choir 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "Then Led They Jesus From Caiaphas To the Judgement"Wandsworth School Boys Choir 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "Ah, King Of Heaven"Wandsworth School Boys Choir 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "And Pilate Said Unto Him"Wandsworth School Boys Choir 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "Look Yonder, O My Soul"Benjamin Britten 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "Consider, How His Body"Benjamin Britten 9:26$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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listen  1. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "And When the Soldiers Had Plaited a Crown Of Thorns"Wandsworth School Boys Choir 7:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "Thy Bonds, O Christ, Have Set Us Free"Wandsworth School Boys Choir 1:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "But the Jews Cried Out and Said"Wandsworth School Boys Choir 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "Haste, Ye Souls Forlorn and Weary"Wandsworth School Boys Choir 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "And There Crucified They Him"Wandsworth School Boys Choir 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "Within My Heart, O Saviour"Wandsworth School Boys Choir 1:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "And Then Did the Soldiers"Wandsworth School Boys Choir 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "When His Life Had Reached Its End"Wandsworth School Boys Choir 1:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "And From That Hour He Took Her Unto His Own Home"Benjamin Britten 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "The End Is Nigh"Alfreda Hodgson 6:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "My Dearest Saviour, Wilt Thou Answer?"Wandsworth School Boys Choir 5:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "And Then Behold, the Veil Of the Temple Was Rent"Benjamin Britten0:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "My Heart, Behold How All the World"Benjamin Britten 1:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "With Torrents Of Weeping"Benjamin Britten 7:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "The Jews Therefore, Because It Was the Preparation"Benjamin Britten 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "Help Us, Son Of God Most High"Wandsworth School Boys Choir 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "And After This, Joseph Of Arimethea"Benjamin Britten 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "Farewell, O Weary, Broken Body"Wandsworth School Boys Choir 7:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two - "Lord Jesus, When We Come To Die"Wandsworth School Boys Choir 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Performer: Peter Pears, Gwynne Howell, John Shirley-Quirk, Heather Harper, Alfreda Hodgson, et al.
  • Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Benjamin Britten
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (June 13, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00000425Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,378 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The recording is for the most part excellent,and is ideally full-bodied and intimate.
"quia-nihil-sum"
This English version without a doubt rivals any of the German versions recorded with its regard for the technicality and grandeur of St. John's Passion.
Benjamin Bates
I resisted buying and then listening to this version of one of my favorite pieces of choral music.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By MOVIE MAVEN on March 11, 2001
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I resisted buying and then listening to this version of one of my favorite pieces of choral music. Why? Firstly, I already own 2 other fine versions and I thought that a translation into English from German would distort what Bach had wanted. I was wrong: if anything, the English language helped me get "into" the text more...and understand, perhaps, a bit more of what Bach wanted us to feel while listening. I also do not usually like the sound of a boychoir. Bach had written the work for boychoir, but most recordings (and live performances) use an adult female choir. In this recording, conductor Benjamin Britten chose to use the Wandsworth School Boys' Choir and they are exemplary: their voices never get into that whiny trebel we are used to hearing and their enunciation of the English language is beyond reproach. All of the soloists employed are stars in their own right and many of them had worked together with and for Britten before this recording. Peter Pears, of course, was Britten's partner/muse/lover and he is superb as "Evangelist." If you have ever heard Pears sing, you know that his quality is one that cannot be compared with anyone else's. He is a singular artist. Britten has melded this entire, difficult, gorgeous work of Bach's into a very moving experience. The sound on this double CD set, recorded almost 30 years ago, is bright and full and rich. Do yourself a favor and buy this sublime music in this wonderful performance. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By "quia-nihil-sum" on August 17, 2000
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Ideally Bach's wonderful St.John Passion should be heard in the original German in order to fully appreciate the ideal marriage of text and music which makes Bach such a paragon of excellence amongst composers.There are some excellent versions available,and if I could gently push you in the direction of say Gardiner or Suzuki,then I would be satisfied that I've accomplished my good deed for the day.
However,sometimes it's nice to skip the language barrier and indulge yourself in a direct channel of communication via your own mother tongue.To that end,this 1971 performance under the sure-footed guidance of the esteemed composer Benjamin Britten is the best possible way to approach the marvels of the St.John without wrestling with translations as you go.
The recording is for the most part excellent,and is ideally full-bodied and intimate.There are a few thumps and bumps in the long opening chorale,"Sire,Lord and Master",but I don't feel this is too much of a distraction because of the panoply of beauty that awaits afterwards.
The all-important linking role of the Evangelist is given to Peter Pears,and no more sensitive interpreter of that crucial role will you find on record,I feel.He really does convey every emotional nuance of his recitatives quite brilliantly,and if you want a good example of his superb word-painting,just listen to the way he wrings all the heart-breaking tragedy of Peter's denial of Jesus out of just two words,"...wept bitterly",in No.18.Quite marvellous!
The choral element is given to the amazingly assured Wandsworth School Boy's choir under the direction of Russell Burgess,and it's hard to believe that they are (or were rather)just children.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Bates on August 15, 2000
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Conductor-Composer Benjamin Britten and Imogen Holst took 15 years to mold this Bach Passion into a piece of reverence in Baroque music with an accurate and sublime English text. Britten as the conductor in this 1971 recording summons the brilliance of his cast, the Wandsworth Boy Choir, and the English Chamber Orchestra. This English version without a doubt rivals any of the German versions recorded with its regard for the technicality and grandeur of St. John's Passion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Johannes Climacus on October 30, 2008
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I usually resist Bach sacred music in English; the Passions, in particular, can sound uncomfortably like Monty Python's "Life of Brian" when rendered in oh-so-(in)correct BBC English. Moreover, Bach was alert to the distinctive timbres and rhythms of his native tongue (and in particular of Luther's Bible translation), and for this reason it is just as important to hear his Passions in the original German as it is to hear Janacek's operas in their original Czech.

On the other hand, a really good vernacular rendition by a musically sensitive translator can go a great distance toward capturing the distinctive inflections of the original text in the new language--and that is what Peter Pears and Imogen Holst have accomplished for Britten's famous rendition of Bach's *St John Passion.* Of course, even the most idiomatic of translations will remain ineffective in an earthbound performance--but that is certainly not the case here; for Britten was one of those multitalented composers who was also a gifted conductor. Indeed, few conductors--traditionally-minded or given to period manners--have penetrated so deeply into the core of Bach's terrifying but exultant vision of Christ crucified than Britten. Britten clearly grasps St. John's unique interpretation of the passion as simultaneously a humiliation and an exaltation: "When I am lifted up I shall draw all persons to myself."

Everyone--soloists, choir and EC0--respond with rapture to Britten's direction. Pears once again proves that he was one of the great exponents of the role of Evangelist. Howell portrays Jesus with authority, dignity and grace. The other soloists give of their best in the arias--particularly Hodgson.
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