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J.S. Bach - St. John Passion


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  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (31 Dec 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000013VZ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 1 No. 1: Chor - Herr, unser Herrscher 8:30Album Only
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Listen  3. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 1 No. 3: Choral - O grosse Lieb', o Lieb' ohn' alle Masse0:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 1 No. 4: Rezitativ - Auf dass das Wort erfullet wurde 1:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 1 No. 5: Choral - Dein Will' gescheh', Herr Gott0:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 1 No. 6: Rezitativ - Die Schar aber und der Oberhauptmann0:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 1 No. 7 Arie - Von den Stricken meiner Sunden 4:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 1 No. 8: Rezitativ - Simon Petrus aber folgete Jesu nach0:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 1 No. 9: Arie - Ich folge dir gleichfalls mit freudigen Schritten 3:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 1 No. 10: Rezitativ - Derselbige Junger war dem Hohenpriester bekannt 3:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 1 No. 11: Choral - Wer hat dich so geschlagen 1:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 1 No. 12: Rezitativ und Chor - Und hannas sandte ihn gebunden 2:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 1 No. 13: Arie - Ach, mein Sinn, wo willst du endlich hin 2:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 1 No. 14: Choral - Petrus, der nicht denkt zuruck 1:07£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 2 No. 15: Choral - Christus der uns selig macht 1:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 2 No. 19: Arioso - Betrachte meine Seel' 2:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 2 No. 24: Arie mit Chor - Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen 3:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 2 No. 25: Rezitativ und Chor - Allda kreuzigten sie ihn 2:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 2 No. 26: Choral - In meines Herzens Grunde 1:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 2 No. 27: Rezitativ und Chor - Die Kriegsknechte aber, da sie Jesum 3:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 2 No. 28: Choral - Er nahm alles wohl in acht 1:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 2 No. 29: Rezitativ - Und von Stund' an nahm sie der Junger zu sich 1:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 2 No. 30: Arie - Es ist vollbracht! 5:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 2 No. 31: Rezitativ - Und neiget das Haupt und verschied0:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 2 No. 32: Arie mit Chor - Mein teurer Heiland 4:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 2 No. 33: Rezitativ - Und siehe da, der Vorhang in Tempel zerriss0:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 2 No. 34: Arioso - Main Herz, indem die ganze Welt0:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 2 No. 35: Arie - Zerfliesse, mein Herze 6:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 2 No. 36: Rezitativ - Die Juden aber, dieweil es der Rusttag war 2:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 2 No. 37: Choral - O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn 1:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 2 No. 38: Rezitativ - Darnach bat Pilatum Joseph von Arimathia 1:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 2 No. 39: Chor - Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine 7:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. St. John Passion, BWV 245: Part 2 No. 40: Choral - Ach Herr, Iass dein lieb Engelein 2:03£0.79  Buy MP3 

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Dec 2012
Format: Audio CD
Naxos have come up trumps here with this brilliant recording. The Scholars Baroque Ensemble have been consistently good on other recordings and this is no exception.
The St John Passion has often been thought to be inferior to the Matthew Passion also by Bach. But in fact it is a great composition. And this version really shows off the brilliance of this masterpiece.
The performance has great energy and emotional impact. The authentic instruments are on top form here and the digital sound by Naxos is fantastic. It is clear, sharp and well balanced. And the whole thing was recorded in Church of All Saints East Finchley London and both musicians, singers and acoustics of the venue give a convincing sound.
This double disc set is great value and a great way to discover the magic of this sensitive work.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lone Wolf on 30 Dec 2013
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the item arrived on time, with no damage to the packaging, the jewel case or the cd's themselves.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
My favorite reccording of a Passion 25 Mar 2001
By "agargui" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am an addict to Bach. And the truth is that this is not only the best interpretation I have ever listened of this passion, but also of Bach as author of coral works in general. I prefer this recording of the Johannes-Passion to any other, including those of more noted orchestras and more expensive seals. The Arie "Ich folge dir gleichfalls mit freudigen Schritten" sung by Janet Coxwell proves that true beauty exists. As a sample of the excellence of the choir, listen to "Wer hat dich so geschlagen".
I believe that the goal when interpreting Bach is not only to achieve technical perfection, but also creating an appropriate atmosphere. The atmosphere of this work of the Scholars Baroque Ensemble is incredibly intimate, the voices are limpid, the orchestra is expressive and there's a careful balance between the instruments and the choir.
Congratulations to Naxos and to the English Baroque Ensemble for so magnificent work.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Bach as He Should Be Done! 6 April 2004
By Christopher G. Forbes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Of Bach's two surviving passion settings, the St. John Passion is the one that tends to be treated as an also-ran. It lives in the shadow of its larger and more famous sibling, the St. Matthew Passion. This is quite a shame, because the St. John Passion has charms that are every bit as wonderful as any in the other score. And, clocking in at just less than two hours, the dramatic passing of this Passion setting is perhaps greater than the other work.
Traditionally sung on Good Friday, when the Passion story according to St. John is required in the liturgy, this work follows the form that had become standard by the 18th century. The story of the Passion was sung by an evangelist soloist, with the words of the characters and crowd were taken by other members of the ensemble. Early in German settings of the Passion consisted of just this bare skeleton, but by Bach's time, the settings were fleshed out with meditative arias and duets sung by soloists, and with hymns for choral forces, and possibly even for congregational singing. This is the pattern Bach inherited, and he did nothing innovative with the form. Bach's genius in this work is not in innovation, but in the perfection of its details. From the driving counterpoint of the opening chorus, to the beautiful meditations after the descent from the cross, this is a work of supreme spirituality and deep emotion.
There are many excellent versions of this work on CD, but none can beat this Naxos CD for quality at an excellent price point. The work is performed by the Scholars Baroque Ensemble. This group is small in numbers and performs the work in an historically informed performance. The eight member choir doubles as soloists as well, as would be most likely in Bach's own time. The orchestra is of similar small dimensions. But what the work looses is overwhelming sound it more than makes up for in clarity, transparency and emotion. I for one, think the jury is no longer out on HIP of Bach. I still have old recordings of Bach with casts of thousands, that I certainly love dearly, but the HIP performances are vastly superior now to my ears. The vocal style and transparency of instrumentation point out what a marvelous orchestrator Bach really was, something that gets lost with the large ensembles of the past.
The hallmark of the Scholars Baroque Ensemble is that they are conductorless, as an ensemble of Bach's time would be. Performances are coordinated by one of the members, but all members are free to work together in a chamber music fashion. This serves the music very well. The quiet moments are possessed of an intimacy that I've rarely heard in this work, and even the larger sections seem to gain power. The pacing of the group is outstanding. It would be fascinating to hear the work live to see if they can duplicate this extremely difficult feat in performance. But on CD it is certainly impressive and makes for a wonderful experience of this most eloquent of Bach's sacred works.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good, clear recording 12 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Naxos has once again continued its tradition of producing good performances, clearly recorded, at bargain prices.
This recording is very good (although I admit I'm no expert on the work), and the digital recording is great - I could clearly hear the enunciation of each word. The CD notes include the full text, also.
I gave it four stars only because I thought I could hear a little bit of an echo, perhaps from the place it was recorded. However, it could have been the speakers I was using at the time, which aren't my best. Without that echo, I'd give it five stars.
At the Naxos price, this very good recording is a great buy - definately recommended!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Very good performance for the price 12 April 2004
By David A. Beamer - Published on Amazon.com
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I'll get my one beef out the way first. This preformance/recording is probably pretty close to what J.S. himself may have heard it -- and that is one of the problems. Bach frequently complained about the quantity and quality of the musicians he had at his disposal. While the *quality* of the performances here cannot be faulted (The Scholars Baroque Ensemble delivers an excellent rendition), it is too bad that the singers are overused. For example, one of the bass soloists does quadruple duty (as Peter, Pilate, the bass arias, plus singing with the choir); plus his voice and that of the bass singing the part of Jesus are extremely similar -- it's hard to tell them apart. All of this is the only reason I've knocked my rating down one star.
On the other hand, the number of instrumentalists is just about right (19 plus organ). And including a gamba and a lute (!) are very nice touches. The all-important role of the Evangelist is done very well -- Doveton's voice has that almost "weightless" quality common to the best Evangelists. Most of the time, it is sung in a straightforward manner, as if reading the scriptures to the congregation (as it should be), but at critical junctures he becomes more "dramatic", more like an "actor", sometimes catching you a bit off-guard, so that you sit up and take notice of the story.
As for the St. John itself, it of course receives less attention than its "big brother" the St. Matthew. However, it is shorter and easier to perform, even if it lacks some of the dramatic depth of its bigger brother. Listening to this recording is the first time I've *really* paid attention to it, and there are some very nice bits, especially in Part 2. Examples:
In the accompaniment to the Evangelist's description of the earth quaking and the temple shaking (right after Jesus dies), the little band of instruments gives us an outsized and respectable "thunderstorm" of rumbling noise. And something that I hadn't noticed before is that in the two choruses in which the text mentions the laws of the Jews (21f and 25b), Bach writes *fugues* (the only ones in the whole work), to portray in music something of the concept of the text. And in the final chorus, "Rutt Wohl", which is probably Bach's most memorable writing in the work, the perfomers are quite up to the task -- conveying just the right mixture of controlled sorrow and words of hope.
And of course, as with everything Naxos puts out, you can't beat the price. There are better performances available on recording, but get this one, and you'll have enough money left over for some other CD(s) to add to your bulging shelves.
Brilliant, Mesmerising 23 Feb 2007
By R. Hanner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Scholars Baroque Ensemble's recording of J.S Bach's Johannes-Passion is mesmerizing. The size of the ensemble, the quality of the soloists, and the instrumental players is perfect. This allows the listener to focus on the beautiful music. After I finished this 2-Disc set, I was moved, and I'm not even Christian. In particular, Es Ist Vollbracht! is amazing, and an incredible piece of music. Highly recommended!
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