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Barts Choir

J.S. Bach: St John Passion

Repertoire

J.S. Bach
St John Passion

Performers

Trafalgar Sinfonia
Nathan Vale
Evangelist
Colin Campbell
Jesus
Grace Davidson
soprano
Tai Oney
countertenor
Timothy Nelson
baritone
Ivor Setterfield
conductor

Written for Bach’s first Good Friday in Leipzig in April 1724, the St John is the shorter and more intimate of his two surviving Passion settings. By this time, such works had become much more than a simple narrative, but highly dramatic though Bach’s music is (as at the points when the choir takes the roles of Chief Priests, soldiers and crowd), re-telling the Gospel story remains central, interspersed with reflections on its meaning in solo arias, choruses and the well-known chorales, so that it speaks to listeners in the concert hall today as directly as to Bach’s in church.

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