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Bach: St John Passion - the Köln recording

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer Hana Blažíková
James Gilchrist
Damien Guillon
Christian Immler
Zachary Wilder
Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-2551 SACD
EAN 7318599925516
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

  –  2 discs
Release date Sep 2020
Total time 105'28


On 6 of March 2020, Bach Collegium Japan began their long-awaited 30th anniversary tour of Europe with a performance of Bach's St John Passion in Katowice, Poland. The same week Europe was becoming aware of the very stark reality of the threat posed by the new Corona virus, Covid-19. Consequently, as Masaaki Suzuki and his ensemble went on to perform in Dublin&&& and then London, concert halls across Europe were closing down and the remaining tour dates were cancelled.

Before making their return to Japan, the BCJ agreed with the Kölner Philharmonie to go ahead with the concert that had been planned, in the form of a live streaming without an audience. This meant that the ensemble had time on their hands, and the idea was born to use it for making a recording. Having received permission to use the hall of the Philharmonie for the recording, Bach Collegium Japan and BIS jointly decided to go ahead with the idea, and during a few hectic hours arrangements were made for a recording team to come to Cologne. Over the next few days, Suzuki, the BCJ and a team of soloists headed by James Gilchrist as the Evangelist, recorded Bach's rendering of the Passion of Christ, finishing just ahead of complete lockdown. Their efforts are now available on disc as a testimony not only to the drama of Bach's score, but also to the urgency of a week when the world changed.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 105'08
01 1. Chorus: Herr, unser Herrscher, dessen Ruhm 8'18
02 2. Recitative: Jesus ging mit seinen Jüngern... 2'15
03 3. Chorale: O große Lieb, o Lieb ohn’ alle Maße 0'42
04 4. Recitative: Auf dass das Wort erfüllet würde 1'03
05 5. Chorale: Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott, zugleich 0'40
06 6. Recitative: Die Schar aber und der Oberhauptmann 0'44
07 7. Aria: Von den Stricken meiner Sünden 3'55
08 8. Recitative: Simon Petrus aber folgete Jesu nach 0'11
09 9. Aria: Ich folge dir gleichfalls 3'38
10 10. Recitative: Derselbige Jünger war dem Hohenpriester bekannt 2'57
11 11. Chorale: Wer hat dich so geschlagen 1'19
12 12. Recitative: Und Hannas sandte ihn gebunden... 2'02
13 13. Aria: Ach, mein Sinn 2'33
14 14. Chorale: Petrus, der nicht denkt zurück 1'36
 
 
Disc 2
01 15. Chorale: Christus, der uns selig macht 0'54
02 16. Recitative: Da führeten sie Jesum... 3'57
03 17. Chorale: Ach großer König, groß zu allen Zeiten 1'17
04 18. Recitative: Da sprach Pilatus zu ihm... 1'52
05 19. Arioso: Betrachte, meine Seel 2'15
06 20. Aria: Mein Jesu, ach! 7'23
07 21. Recitative: Und die Kriegsknechte flochten... 5'25
08 22. Chorale: Durch dein Gefängnis, Gottes Sohn 1'01
09 23. Recitative: Die Jüden aber schrieen und sprachen 3'55
10 24. Aria: Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen 3'43
11 25. Recitative: Allda kreuzigten sie ihn... 1'57
12 26. Chorale: In meines Herzens Grunde 0'58
13 27. Recitative: Die Kriegsknechte aber... 3'32
14 28. Chorale: Er nahm alles wohl in acht 1'04
15 29. Recitative: Und von Stund an nahm sie 1'17
16 30. Aria: Es ist vollbracht! 5'17
17 31. Recitative: Und neiget das Haupt und verschied 0'23
18 32. Aria and Chorale: Mein teurer Heiland, lass dich fragen 4'22
19 33. Recitative: Und siehe da, der Vorhang 0'27
20 34. Arioso: Mein Herz, in dem die ganze Welt 0'45
21 35. Aria: Zerfließe, mein Herze, in Fluten der Zähren 6'25
22 36. Recitative: Die Jüden aber 2'03
23 37. Chorale: O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn 0'56
24 38. Recitative: Darnach bat Pilatum 2'09
25 39. Chorus: Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine 7'41
26 40. Chorale: Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein 2'17
 
  Album total 105'28
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
OrchestraBach Collegium Japan
ConductorSuzuki, Masaaki
SopranoBlažíková, Hana
AltoGuillon, Damien
BassImmler, Christian
TenorWilder, Zachary
Tenor (evangelist)Gilchrist, James

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