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Bach:St.John Passion

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Disc: 1

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

Disc: 2

  1. Johannes Passion: Recitative: Die Kriegsknechte aber
  2. Johannes Passion: Chorale: Er nahm alles wohl in acht
  3. Johannes Passion: Recitative: Und von Stund an nahm sie der Jünger
  4. Johannes Passion: Aria (alto): Es ist vollbracht!
  5. Johannes Passion: Recitative: Und neiget das Haupt
  6. Johannes Passion: Aria (bass): Mein teurer Heiland, laß dich fragen
  7. Johannes Passion: Recitative: Und siehe da der Vorhang in Tempel zerriß
  8. Johannes Passion: Arioso (tenor): Mein Herz, in dem die ganze Welt
  9. Johannes Passion: Aria (soprano) Zerfliesse, mein herze
  10. Johannes Passion: Recitative: Die Jüden aber, dieweil es der Rüsttag war
  11. Johannes Passion: Chorale: O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn
  12. Johannes Passion: Recitative: Darnach bat Pilatum Joseph von Arimathia
  13. Johannes Passion: Chorus: Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine
  14. Johannes Passion: Chorale: Ach Herr, laß dein lieb Engelein
  15. Johannes Passion: Choral: O mensch, bewein dein Sündegroß
  16. Johannes Passion: Aria (bass) Himmel, reiße, Welt, erbebe
  17. Johannes Passion: Aria (tenor) Zerchmettert mich, ihr Felsen und ihr Hügel
  18. Johannes Passion: Aria (tenor): Ach windet euch nicht so, geplagte Seelen
  19. Johannes Passion: Chorale: Christe, du Lamm Gottes


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 20, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Brilliant Classics/Koch
  • ASIN: B00000IG53
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,674,411 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By George Peabody VINE VOICE on February 23, 2008
Format: Audio CD
STUNNING RENDITION OF ST. JOHANNES PASSION
This CD set includes a star-studded group of fine singers and instrumentalists who are very much a part of the early music business. In addition, the chorus is all male and thus have boy sopranos on the top part, which IS a rarity amongst the versions elsewhere; and as per usual the alto part is sung by male countertenors. All of this results in a pure crystalline sound at the top and a rich velvet-like tone in the middle.

Cleobury tends to use slightly faster tempos than some of the other recordings of the Passion, and in fact, attacks the music with much power and PASSION!

The soloists include Catherine Bott (soprano), although far from harsh, sings with a cutting edge that suits the overall approach. Michael Chance's (countertenor) lovely legato singing is extremely impressive (the consummate Bach singer) especially in his aria 'Von den Strikkenmeiner Sunder', and is completely in sync with the other interpretations. John Mark Ainsley is a faultless Evangelist who throughout emphasizes the dramatic. He is particularly at his best in the powerful recitative 'Barabas aber war ein Morder' with its startling triplets and double dotted bass line. Steven Varcoe's (bass) aria ' Mein Treuer Heiland, lass dich fragen' is truly impressively dramatic, and Paul Agnew (tenor) sings with much pathos and intensity.

If you like the modern approach to Bach on original instruments this recording will prove to be an enjoyable and enriching listen!

As with most other BRILLIANT recordings there are no liner notes included, but after hearing the performance, I didn't care.
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I've immersed myself in at least two other recordings of the St. John Passion, and this one compares favorably. An exacting ear may find much fodder for thought... there are arias one might prefer slower, or faster; pitch and tone differences that make or break melodies. If you wish to truly know this cornerstone of Bach's oevre, then this recording is worth digesting.
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