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Bach: St. John Passion / Genz, Oelze, Junghanns et al.; Hallenser Madrigalisten; Virtuosi Saxonia; Ludwig Güttler

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  1. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 1: Chorus. "Herr, unser Herrscher" $0.69 on iTunes
  2. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 1: Recitative. "Jesus ging mit seinen Jüngern" $0.69 on iTunes
  3. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt.1: Chorus. "Jesum von Nazareth!" $0.69 on iTunes
  4. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 1: Recitative. "Jesus spricht zu ihnen" $0.69 on iTunes
  5. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 1: Chorus. "Jesum von Nazareth!"(2) $0.69 on iTunes
  6. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 1: Recitative. "Jesus antwortete" $0.69 on iTunes
  7. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 1: Recitative. "Auf daß das Wort erfüllet würde" $0.69 on iTunes
  8. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 1: Chorale. "Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott, zugleich" $0.69 on iTunes
  9. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 1: Recitative. "Die Schar aber und der Oberhauptmann" $0.69 on iTunes
  10. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 1: Aria. "Von den Stricken meiner Sünden" $0.69 on iTunes
  11. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 1: Recitative. "Simon Petrus aber folgete Jesu nach" $0.69 on iTunes
  12. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 1: Aria. "Ich folge dir gleichfalls" $0.69 on iTunes
  13. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 1: Recitative. "Derselbige Jünger war dem Hohepriester bekannt" $0.69 on iTunes
  14. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 1: Chorale. "Wer hat dich so geschlagen" $0.69 on iTunes
  15. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 1: Recitative. "Und Hannas sandte ihn gebunden" $0.69 on iTunes
  16. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 1: Chorus. "Bist du nicht seiner Jünger einer?" $0.69 on iTunes
  17. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 1: Recitative. "Er leugnete aber" $0.69 on iTunes
  18. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 1: Aria. "Ach, mein Sinn" $0.69 on iTunes
  19. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 1: Chorale. "Petrus, der nicht denkt zurück" $0.69 on iTunes
  20. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Chorale. "Christus, der uns selig macht" $0.69 on iTunes
  21. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Recitative. "Da führeten sie Jesum" $0.69 on iTunes
  22. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Chorus. "Wäre dieser nicht ein Übeltäter" $0.69 on iTunes
  23. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Recitative. "Da sprach Pilatus zu ihnen" $0.69 on iTunes
  24. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Chorus. "Wir dürfen niemand töten" $0.69 on iTunes
  25. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Recitative. "Auf daß erfüllet würde das Wort Jesu" $0.69 on iTunes
  26. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Chorale. "Ach großer König" $0.69 on iTunes
  27. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Recitative. "Da sprach Pilatus zu ihm" $0.69 on iTunes
  28. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Chorus. "Nicht diesen, sondern Barrabam!" $0.69 on iTunes
  29. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Recitative. "Barrabas aber war ein Mörder" $0.69 on iTunes
  30. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Arioso. "Betrachte, meine Seel" $0.69 on iTunes
  31. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Aria. "Erwäge, wie sein blutgefärbter Rücken" $0.69 on iTunes
  32. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Recitative . "Und die Kriegsknechte flochten" $0.69 on iTunes
  33. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Chorus. "Sei gegrüßet, lieber Jüdenkönig!" $0.69 on iTunes
  34. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Recitative. "Und gaben ihm Backenstreiche" $0.69 on iTunes
  35. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Chorus. "Kreuzige, kreuzige!" $0.69 on iTunes
  36. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Recitative. "Pilatus sprach zu ihnen" $0.69 on iTunes
  37. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Chorus. "Wir haben ein Gesetz" $0.69 on iTunes
  38. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Recitative. "Da Pilatus das Wort hörete" $0.69 on iTunes
  39. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Chorale. "Durch dein Gefängnis, Gottes Sohn" $0.69 on iTunes
  40. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Recitative. "Die Juden aber schrieen – Lässest du diesen los" $0.69 on iTunes
  41. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Recitative. "Da Pilatus das Wort hörete" (2) $0.69 on iTunes
  42. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Chorus. "Weg, weg mit dem" $0.69 on iTunes
  43. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Recitative. "Spricht Pilatus zu ihnen" $0.69 on iTunes
  44. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Chorus. "Wir haben keinen König" $0.69 on iTunes
  45. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Recitative. "Da überantwortete er ihn" $0.69 on iTunes
  46. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Aria. "Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen" $0.69 on iTunes
  47. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Recitative. "Allda kreuzigten sie ihn" $0.69 on iTunes
  48. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Chorus. "Schreibe nicht. Der Jüden König" $0.69 on iTunes
  49. J.S. Bach — Johannes Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2: Recitative. "Pilatus antwortet" $0.69 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint John Passion, BWV 245
Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

J.S. Bach composed his St John Passion during his first winter in Leipzig, in advance of the Good Friday Vespers service of 1724. It is written for an intimate ensemble (much more modest than the scoring of his later St Matthew Passion) and was originally to be performed in the Thomaskirche, being moved to the Nikolaikirche at short notice. The music is a vivid representation of Christ's Passion as told in St John's Gospel, constructed of recitatives and choruses, with commentary in reflective chorales, ariosos and arias. The music is, by nature of the story, inherently dramatic, and tells the story of Jesus' death through the words of the Evangelist (tenor), Christ (bass) and a number of smaller roles including Pilate and Peter. Few who attended the service in the Nikolaikirche can have experienced, outside of the opera house, a work on the scale of the St John Passion, one that included such a large proportion of recitative. Today it, together with the St Matthew Passion, is regarded as a masterpiece of devout Lutheran church music, but in its day it must have sounded radical. That being said, the chorales (or "hymns") within the work were designed to involve everyone in the performance, and these would have been familiar to the congregation (Melchior Vulpius's melody, for instance) - whether or not they ended up singing them. Some of the most affective moments of the work occur in these chorales as well as in the arias, which are remarkable for their range of expression as well as their instrumentation. Take, for instance, the poignant use of the bass viol in the accompaniment of Jesus' last words on the cross in the expressive aria 'Es ist vollbracht'. A masterpiece of expression and theatricality such as the St John Passion requires a masterful interpretation; in this recording, under the baton of Ludwig Güttler - who shot to fame as a Baroque trumpeter - the Hallenser Madrigalisten and Virtuosi Saxoniae rise to the challenge, giving a "technically accomplished and expressive" performance (Gramophone). They are joined by acclaimed tenor Christoph Genz in the role of the Evangelist and Egbert Junghanns as Jesus. Bach's Johannes Passion may be on a smaller scale than the Matthäus Passion, it is by no means less monumental or dramatic. This reissue of a Berlin Classics recording achieves with its relatively small ensemble and choir an intimate yet powerful performance in which the drama of Christ's suffering is presented in deeply moving arias and chorales. Played on modern instruments the Virtuosi Saxoniae under Ludwig Güttler adhere to the principles of Historically Informed Performance Practice. The soloists include Christoph Genz, Christiane Oelze and Egbert Junghanns.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Ludwig Gnttler (b 1943), a native of Saxony, is perhaps better known as a virtuoso of the baroque trumpet and related instruments, but he has more recently achieved considerable eminence as a conductor. He founded Virtuosi Saxoniae in 1985 from members of the Dresden State Orchestra. The Halle Madrigalists is a semi-professional choir of about 20 voices founded in 1963 at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg. They specialize in the early a cappella repertory and contemporary choral music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany (05/1998).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint John Passion, BWV 245
  • Conductor: Ludwig Güttler
  • Ensemble: Hallenser Madrigalisten
  • Running Time: 95 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 04/07/1724