Notes & Reviews:
Bach's Passions have an interesting history. He is credited with 5, but only 2 survive intact, the St. John and the St. Matthew. The St. Mark manuscript was destroyed during a bombing raid in World War II. Some music and text survived, and it has been reconstructed and subsequently recorded. Also, Bach's endless revisions saw material from the St. Matthew Passion being included in the St. John, including several Sinfonias.