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Bach - St John Passion [CD]

James Bowman , Colin Baldy , Johann Sebastian Bach , Edward Higginbottom , Joe Littlewood , et al. Audio CD
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Product details

  • Conductor: Edward Higginbottom
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (7 April 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00008OP1P
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,371 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Herr, unser Herrscher 9:21Album Only
Listen  2. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Jesus ging mit seinen Jungern 2:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. St. John Passion, BWV 245: O gross Lieb, o Lieb ohn alle Masse0:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Auf dass das Wort erfullet wurde 1:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott, zugleich0:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Die Schar aber und der Oberhauptmann0:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Von den Strikken meiner Sunden 4:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Simon Petrus aber folgete Jesu nach0:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Ich folge dir gleichfalls 4:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Derselbige Junger war dem Hohenpriester bekannt 3:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Wer hat dich so geschlagen 1:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Und Hannas sandte ihn gebunden 2:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Ach, mein Sinn, wo willt du endlich hin 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Petrus, der nicht denkt zuruck 1:21£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Christus, der uns selig macht0:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Da fuhreten sie Jesum von Kaipha 3:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Ach, grosser Konig, gross zu allen Zeiten 1:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Da sprach Pilatus zu ihm: So bist du dennoch ein Konig? 1:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Betrachte, meine Seel 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Erwage, wie sein blutgefarbter Rukken 8:09Album Only
Listen  7. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Und die Kriegsknechte flochten eine Krone 5:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Durch dein Gefangnis, Gottes Sohn0:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Die Jüden aber schrieen und sprachen 4:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen 4:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Allda kreuzigten sie ihn 2:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. St. John Passion, BWV 245: In meines Herzens Grunde0:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Die Kriegsknechte aber, da sie Jesum gekreuziget hatten 1:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Auf dass erfullet wurde die Schrift 1:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Er nahm alles wohl in acht 1:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Und von Stund an nahm sie der Junger zu sich 1:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Es ist vollbracht 4:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Und neiget das Haupt und verschied0:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Mein teurer Heiland, lass dich fragen 3:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Und siehe da, der Vorhang im Tempel zerriss0:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Mein Herz, indem die ganze Welt 1:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Zerfliesse, mein Herze 6:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Die Juden aber, dieweil es der Rusttag war 2:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. St. John Passion, BWV 245: O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn0:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Darnach bat Pilatum Joseph von Arimathia 2:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine 7:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein 2:18£0.79  Buy MP3 


Product Description

Collegium Novum - New College Choir (Oxford) - Edward Higginbottom, direction

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Recording: Fresh, Vibrant and Lively. 18 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
There is a freshness about this recording that will excite many of those for whom the work is familiar, even routine. Some of the smaller parts have been given to less than perfect singers, but even this adds to the natural quality, restoring the work to the realm of `real' music as opposed to `one of the standards'. Higginbottom's treatment is vibrant and lyrical, really thrilling in places, and the soloists, particularly James Bowman, give performances that are quite perfect. Budget this recoding may be, but it is also unstinting in its quality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Budget-Priced 'St. John Passion' 15 Dec 2003
By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Naxos doesn't usually record large works twice, but this is their second St. John Passion, the earlier one being by the Baroque Scholars and a fine one. This one has the unusual feature of being almost entirely a product of the music scholars of New College, Oxford. The choir is the New College Choir (SATB 14,4,4,5), using boy trebles and altos (as Bach did at St. Thomas Church, Leipzig). The soloists are all graduates or current members of the the college. The instrumentalists, using historically accurate instruments and performance practice, is the so-called 'Collegium Novum' (Latin for 'New College,' get it?), an ad-hoc group led by the well-known baroque violinist Alison Bury and put together for this recording, so it could be called, I suppose, the 'New New College.' The conductor is Edward Higginbottom, who has been director of the Choir since the mid-1970s.
One might think, since this is something of a special performance, gathering together current and 'old boy' singers, that it was something of a vanity project, but in fact it holds its own with other HIP performances of Bach's Johannespassion. It is sung in German and the booklet provides a German-English text. The Evangelist is sung by the fine tenor James Gilchrist (a treble in the Choir in the 1970s). Christ is sung by bass John Bernays (New College 1986-1990) and Pilate by bass Eamonn Dougan (New College 1993-1996). The other soloists are the noted countertenor James Bowman (boy alto 1960s), tenor Matthew Beale (1993-1996), bass Colin Baldy (a vocal coach at New College in the 1990s). The soprano soloist is a remarkable treble currently in the New College Choir, Joe Littlewood. He deserves special mention because of his intelligent musicality and sweet, true voice.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A faithful recording 7 Sep 2003
By Andrew
Format:Audio CD
This recording is something of a 'family' project: all the soloists have an association with New College Choir. Collegium Novum, which is of course Latin for New College, is the instrumental ensemble formed especially for this recording. Some of this group also have associations with New College, for example Ryan Wigglesworth, the organ continuo.
James Gilchrist (a New College chorister in the 1970s) is impressive as the Evangelist: vibrato is not used as a standard technique to be applied to every note, but as a special expressive device. His expression overall, combined with his obvious musical rapport with the orchestra, is eye-watering in many places, and the recitative Gilchrist performs is the shining star of this recording. The perfect example is 'Und siehe da der Vorhang in Tempel zerriß' ('And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two'): the sheer violence and terror of Bach's music itself were surely not matched until the D minor return of the Commendatore in Don Giovanni; yet Gilchrist infuses it with such violent energy that the listener both wants to hear it again and simultaneously cannot bring themself to do so.
The period instruments are handled excellently by Collegium Novum. The cellos and basses are worth a special mention for the passages in which they play together; the balance of the two instruments is perfect throughout, presenting a bass line which is neither too heavy nor too light.
The German pronunciation of the soloists and of the choir is generally excellent through the whole 100 minutes of this recording. In those places where it is lacking, it is almost always a confusion between 'u' with and without umlaut (ü), which, incidentally, is continued in the sleeve notes with a persistent misspelling of 'Juden' (Jews) as 'Jüden'!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty in understatement 14 Mar 2008
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I have listened to many recordings of the St John Passion over the years but I must say that I found this one particularly moving. As somewhat of a musical oddity (Higginbottom explains his motivation in his sleeve notes), it is interesting in itself. However, the small scale forces and the fact that the top line is sung by boys, lends a wonderful clarity to the whole result. The U umlaut verses U without umlaut in the word "Juden" debate occupies huge amounts of time when people perform this work. Germans nowadays most definitely do not use the umlaut (indeed, friends of mine hadn't even realised that it once possessed an umlaut).I tend to think that it should be used as Bach intended and there is indeed some confusion at times in this aspect of the text. However this is a small blemish in an overall exciting performance. I like all the soloists and the disc contains a particularly sensitive rendition of "Betrachte meine Seel" sung by the baritone, Colin Baldy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Diapason 5 stars
Diapason awarded "5 tuning forks" (5 stars) to this recording. The Penquin "3 rosettes" and considers it an essential recording for building a library. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marcolorenzo
3.0 out of 5 stars A very moving piece, but
I saw it live with Sir Simon Rattle conducting in Berlin. this version was very listenable, but It didn't quite seem the same somehow.
Published 4 months ago by G. Gostling
5.0 out of 5 stars Alan Maguire
A wonderful performance by the choir.
Equaling Harnoncourt's first recording of the
St Mathew passion. Perhaps the same team should attempt the St Mark passion.
Published 14 months ago by SixtownAlan
5.0 out of 5 stars a stunning performance
This is an exceptionally fine performance and recording of the Bach St John Passion. I haven't heard better.
Published on 14 May 2009 by Daisy W
5.0 out of 5 stars Passion for good music
I simply had to buy this as my son was involved with the recording, and it's a beautiful version of a well-known piece. Excellent value for money as CDs go.
Published on 4 Feb 2009 by Victoria Cross
4.0 out of 5 stars Ace recording
This inexpensive recording is one of the best I have heard of this work. It is very true to Bach's original markings. A 'must' for any Bach devotee.
Published on 28 Dec 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars St John Passion - Choir of New College Oxford
A beautiful, sensitive and authentic rendition of this work, using only male voices and the period instruments of the Collegium Musicum. Read more
Published on 28 May 2003
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