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Bach: Johannespassion / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint John Passion, BWV 245
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Bach seems to have performed his St John Passion on four Good Fridays during his tenure as Thomaskantor at Leipzig. However, he continued to make significant revisions right up to the last performance under his direction, on April 4, 1749. Of the four versions, the second, dating from 1725, contains the most distinctive revisions, the first version (1724) and the last bearing close affinity with one another. Masaaki Suzuki and his talented Bach Collegium Japan have chosen Bach's latest version... Excellent, too, are the contributions of the Collegium's choir of women's and men's voices. Choral and instrumental articulation is incisive, propelling the rhythms with energy. The performance draws you in from the start. This is a major recording event, and an eminently satisfying one.


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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint John Passion, BWV 245
  • Performers: Yoshie Hida (Soprano); Yoshikazu Mera (Countertenor); Makoto Sakurada (Tenor); Ingrid Schmithusen (Bass); Gerd Türk (Tenor); Chiyuki Urano (Bass)
  • Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
  • Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan
  • Running Time: 9 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 04/07/1724