BACH: St John Passion (1749) - Bachchor Mainz / Ralf Otto

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Julia Kleiter (soprano), Gerhild Romberger (alto), Georg Poplutz and Daniel Sans (tenors) & Yorck Felix Speer and Matthias Winckhler (basses)

Bachchor Mainz & Bachorchester Mainz, Ralf Otto

  • Recorded: 13-18 April 2017
  • Recording Venue: Christuskirche Mainz, Germany


Bach, J S: St. John Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 1

Hille Perl (viola da gamba), Joachim Held (lute), Sabine Bauer (harpsichord), Petra Morath-Pusinelli (organ), Georg Poplutz (tenor), Yorck Felix Speer (bass), Gerhild Romberger (alto), Julia Kleiter (soprano), Victoria Braum (soprano), Daniel Sans (tenor), Erik Reinhardt (tenor), Bernd Sucké (tenor)

Bach, J S: St. John Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2

Christian Wagner (bass), Matthias Winckhler (bass)

Bach, J S: St. John Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 1 (1725 Version)

Sabine Bauer (harpsichord), Petra Morath-Pusinelli (organ), Matthias Winckhler (bass), Daniel Sans (tenor)

Bach, J S: St. John Passion, BWV 245, Pt. 2 (1725 Version)



Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion is, along with the St Matthew Passion, without doubt one of the most important works he ever composed. It established a new tradition for Good Friday vespers in Leipzig, and with sublime skill Bach managed to retain a spirit of church worship while creating an almost operatic narrative that movingly depicts Christ’s trial, death, and ultimate apotheosis. Bach’s numerous revisions always demand a certain amount of scholarly decision-making, and this recording of the St John Passion uses the final 1749 version that not only draws on and reinforces the best of Bach’s original concept, but incorporates the additional movements of the 1725 version.