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Bach, J.S.: St. John Passion
 
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Bach, J.S.: St. John Passion

20 Feb. 2014 | Format: MP3

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9:15
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2:14
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0:47
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0:50
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1:05
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3:55
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1:24
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1:51
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8:07
Disc 2
30
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5:22
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0:48
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3:52
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3:52
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2:05
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0:54
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3:19
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1:02
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1:16
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5:16
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0:21
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4:01
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0:25
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6:54
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1:59
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1:02
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2:07
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6:46
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1:45

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 10 Nov. 1986
  • Release Date: 10 Nov. 1986
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon (DG)
  • Copyright: (C) 1986 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 1:45:26
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  • ASIN: B001LQPMDW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,046 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Per Arne Rudberg on 21 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I think that Gardiner is one of the most interesting conductors today. He is always reliable, and often he creates exceptional recordings.
This is one of the exceptional ones. Gardiner makes the music flow in a completely natural stream. You can hear every layer and every idea is fully integrated into the whole.
The orchestra (English Baroque Soloists) is reaching highest possible level.
The singers are the best - especially Rolfe-Johnson and Chance. Michael Chance is singing "Es ist vollbracht" in a way that makes time stop.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Dec. 2012
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Gardiner takes the St John's Passion into good hands here. It is certainly a deeply moving rendition of this great work. The whole composition is beautifully performed and recorded. The use of women in the choir and arias works well and the singing is excellent.
The period sound of instruments and vocals is well balanced. The orchestra and choir are of appropriate size being neither too big or small in sound.
Gardiner's choice of less vibrato is proved out here with a wonderful sound. There is great emotion and clarity in the performance.
The whole composition is brilliant. It is a dramatic sacred oratorio and representation of the Passion as told in the Gospel of John. It is also a beautiful and magnificent piece of art. It is a musical painting on a large scale.
John Elliot Gardiner and The Monteverdi Choir with the English Baroque Soloists have done fantastic justice to this great composition.
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72 of 77 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Alongside the St Matthew Passion,Mass in B Minor and Christmas Oratorio, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and forces bring to us a performance that is both dramatic and sublime in a work of such profundity. Anthony Rolfe-Johnson is as near perfect an Evangelist as one could hope for with his innate sense of phrasing and articulation. At no time does the drama flag untill those beautiful moments of reflection in the Ariosos and Arias, sung with such purity of tone by all. I would especially mention Argenta's distinct timbre and Mullers sublime rendition of'Erwage, wie sein....'. The English baroque soloists play with there usual flare and prescision giving us the now familiar grainy but warm glow of period instrument sound.No two arias are scored for the same instrumentation giving this band the opportunity to show their skill in the obliggato use of Oboe da caccia,lute and viola da gamba to mention but a few and the clean confident ensemble input of the strings carefully supporting all.Listen for the skilfull dancing of the flute above the chorus in its many outbursts throughout the drama. And at the very core of this performance is the Monteverdi Choir,who sing with such power and style. At no time do we think the music too much for this team as they negotiate the rapid outbursts of the crowd calling for Christ to be crucified or to cast lots for His cloak rather than divide it. Such singing confirms this choir to be amongst the very finest in the world today. All of which is held together in masterly fashion under the sharp direction of Sir John and brought to a thrilling final chorale with each verse building in intensity and volume. A true 'Desert Island' performance, Bravo!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Crowe on 17 Sept. 2013
Format: Audio CD
I like to think that this is how this Passion might have sounded at its earliest performance: strings "scrawny" by our standards, a small chorus, singing that doesn't sound virtuostic (remembering that Bach's soloists were likely choristers). But Gardiner creates an atmosphere that balances drama and devotion perfectly, and much credit must go to the Chorus and to the Evangelist, Anthony Rolfe Johnston. Rolfe Johnson is a highly accomplished singer, but here (surely at Gardiner's request) he eschews virtuosity and sounds light-voiced and human, and the same is true of the other soloists -- they don't fill out their lines with "big" sound: it's all human-scaled and the more moving for that. Cornelius Hauptmann is an anguished and torn Pilate -- a very moving assumption -- Varcoe a direct and unfussy Jesus. The Chorus is splendid -- just listen to the difference in "Affekt" between the final chorale in Part 1 and the first in Part 2 -- one follows directly on the other, so you can't avoid the comparison. The dramatic aptness of both is distinctive and without the chorus sounding highly virtuostic at either time. Throughout the Chorales are most beautifully done, and the choral interjections in the recitative passages -- "Crucify Him!"etc. -- are riveting. The sound is very good -- the venue was All Saints Church, Tooting -- and the combination of clarity (you can easily distinguish the choral lines), airiness, and balance (voices in relation to orchestra), with no loss of a sense of human-scaled reverence is winning. Just a great recording.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roz on 29 Jun. 2011
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John Eliot Gardiner's recording of the St John Passion is profoundly moving in its drama and intensity. The Evangelist is Anthony Rolfe Johnson, and this role has surely never been bettered in sensitivity, expression and beauty. The other soloists also sing with agility and conviction. The sublime opening chorus sets the scene. From then on, the listener is drawn into the passion and sorrows of the Easter story, culiminating in the final chorale where the believer is lovingly invited, to gently repose until Judgement Day and awake with joy at the resurrection. I loved it.
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