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J.S. Bach: St John Passion / Gilchrist, Rose, Riches, Watts, Connolly, Kennedy, Purves. Egarr

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

The Academy of Ancient Music celebrates its 40th anniversary year with this landmark new recording of Bach's St. John Passion. The recordings features a cast of superb soloists. Rare recording of the work's first version, dating from 1724. Further content information is available online. 'No better team could be assembled anywhere...Pity, terror, consolation...joy' - The Ark Desk (March 2013) reviewing a concert performance of this work with this same cast.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Egarr's performance is nearly unimpeachable in terms of technical expertise and polish. The instrumental playing is brilliant, and the vocal soloists are all that anyone could wish in this repertory. At the same time, it is a curiously unmoving, even perfunctory performance. Instead of the sturdy pillars that punctuate the more elaborate music of Bach's masterpiece, the chorales here sound almost trivial. He gives us a superlative display of virtuosity and precision.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Saint Jude-on-the-Hill, London, UK (04/01/2013-04/05/2013).


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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint John Passion, BWV 245
  • Performer: Richard Egarr (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Richard Egarr
  • Ensemble: Choir of the Academy of Ancient Music
  • Notes: Saint Jude-on-the-Hill, London, UK (04/01/2013-04/05/2013)
  • Running Time: 91 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 04/07/1724