Joshard Daus, Capriccio Basel, Zelter-Ensemble der Sing-Akademie zu Berlin - C.P.E. Bach: Johannes-Passion (2004)

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Joshard Daus, Capriccio Basel, Zelter-Ensemble der Sing-Akademie zu Berlin - C.P.E. Bach: Johannes-Passion (2004)

Joshard Daus, Barockorchester Capriccio Basel, Zelter-Ensemble der Sing-Akademie zu Berlin - Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach: Johannes-Passion (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 455 Mb | Total time: 39:29+47:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # C60103 | Recorded: 2003

This is an important document, not least because what is actually captured on these discs is the first performance of this work since 1772. The score is presently housed in the archive of the Berlin Sing-Akademie after its discovery in the Ukraine. C.P.E.’s version of the Christ story is a dynamic one, with plenty of drama and much interaction between the various soloists and the chorus - a chorus that represents the Jews as well as performing the chorales.

Joshard Daus, Mendelssohn Symphonia, EuropaChorAkademie - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Markus-Passion (2007)

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Joshard Daus, Mendelssohn Symphonia, EuropaChorAkademie - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Markus-Passion (2007)

Joshard Daus, Mendelssohn Symphonia, EuropaChorAkademie - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Markus-Passion (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 288 Mb | Total time: 54:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # 60 132 | Recorded: 2006

C.P.E Bach moved to Hamburg in 1768 and was asked to perform the prevailingly popular “Old School” passions in the city’s churches. Bach himself hadn’t been sure whether Hamburg preferred passions “in the historical and old fashion with the Evangelist” as he wrote in an anxious letter to Georg Michael Telemann “or in the fashion of an oratorio.” The answer was the former; the latter, the more modern way, involved contemporary texts.

Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir - Bach: Easter Oratorio, Magnificat (1998)

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Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir - Bach: Easter Oratorio, Magnificat (1998)

Ton Koopman, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir - Bach: Easter Oratorio, Magnificat (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 289 Mb | Total time: 66:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 3984-23416-2 | Recorded: 1998

Bach's celebration of Easter is a mostly joyous one, opening with a three-movement sinfonia, richly orchestrated, and complete with trumpets and drums: the third movement includes the chorus inviting listeners to rejoice and hasten to the tomb of Jesus, "For our Savior has awakened." There follow recitatives and arias for Mary Magdalen, Mary, the mother of James, Peter, and John. Each character goes through grief to love and gratefulness, and Bach's endlessly inventive scoring, melodic lines, and changing orchestral textures take us on a rich, 40-minute musical journey to peace. Only a too-long soprano aria tends to wear.

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort and Players - Bach: Easter Oratorio, Magnificat (2001)

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Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort and Players - Bach: Easter Oratorio, Magnificat (2001)

Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Consort and Players - Bach: Easter Oratorio, Magnificat (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 321 Mb | Total time: 65:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: ARCHIV Produktion | # 469 531-2 | Recorded: 2000

There's a long-standing debate over the issue of OVPP (one voice per part) in performing Bach's choral works. On this disc, it works better in some choruses than others–for example, it lacks the majesty that a choir can bring to the start of the Magnificat's Gloria. As to the individual voices, in the oratorio's two big arias, soprano Kimberly McCord sings with beguiling poise, though some may find her vibrato a touch fidgety; while Paul Agnew's moving singing of the heavenly tenor aria reflecting on Christ's grave-clothes has bags of intensity, though line and focus occasionally suffer. Neal Davies's forthright bass makes the best impression.

Peter Dijkstra, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Bach: Soli Deo Gloria [9CDs] (2016)

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Peter Dijkstra, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Bach: Soli Deo Gloria [9CDs] (2016)

Peter Dijkstra, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks - Bach: Soli Deo Gloria - Johannes-Passion; Matthäus-Passion; Messe in h-Moll; Weihnachtsoratorium [9CDs] (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2,43 Gb | Total time: 08:32:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BR Klassik | # 900513 | Recorded: 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016

Das im Jahr 2010 begonnene Bach-Projekt mit dem Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks unter Leitung von Peter Dijkstra findet seinen Abschluss mit der Gesamtaufnahme der Messe h-moll, die im April 2016 im Herkulessaal der Münchner Residenz aufgenommen wurde. Damit umfasst es nun die vier Gipfelwerke Bachs – die drei »protestantischen Oratorien« sowie die »große katholische Messe« – in einer herausragenden künstlerischen Qualität, mit renommierten Vokalsolisten und begleitet von hochkarätigen Ensembles der historischen Aufführungspraxis: drei Werke entstanden in Zusammenarbeit mit Concerto Köln, ein weiteres mit der Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.

Ludger Remy, Telemann-Kammerorchester Michaelstein - Gottfried Heinrich Stolzel: Brockes-Passion (1998)

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Ludger Remy, Telemann-Kammerorchester Michaelstein - Gottfried Heinrich Stolzel: Brockes-Passion (1998)

Ludger Rémy, Telemann-Kammerorchester Michaelstein, Kammerchor Michaelstein - Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel: Brockes-Passion (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 566 Mb | Total time: 49:29+77:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 999 560-2 | Recorded: 1997

There is hidden treasure here. Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel (1690-1749) has long lain in the shadow of Bach and Telemann, but if there is any justice this recording of his setting of one of the popular passion texts of the early 18th century will go far toward effecting long overdue recognition. Composed in 1725, it follows in the wake of a number of other versions of the poetry of Barthold Heinrich Brockes, most notably that of Handel, whose comparitively second-rate work pales into near insignificance when set beside the power and vivid immediacy of Stölzel's great drama.

Florian Heyerick, Baroque Orchestra Le Mercure, Vocal Ensemble Ex Tempore - Handel: Johannespassion (1997)

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Florian Heyerick, Baroque Orchestra Le Mercure, Vocal Ensemble Ex Tempore - Handel: Johannespassion (1997)

Florian Heyerick, Baroque Orchestra Le Mercure, Vocal Ensemble Ex Tempore - Handel: Johannespassion (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 295 Mb | Total time: 66:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Vox Temporis | # VTP CD 92 036 | Recorded: 1996

This Passion text is short, beginning abruptly with Pilate's scourging of Jesus. It continues in a strikingly short-winded way — fragments of recitative lasting a few seconds, brief ariosos, choruses, including one on a single word, 'Crucify!'. It lacks chorales: Heyerick has borrowed some from Handel's later Brockes Passion. The music is a jewel-box of small-scale gems, further polished by the quality of the performers - six finely focused solo voices, a transparent choir of 18, and delicate, one-to-a-part strings with pairs of recorders and oboes, a bassoon and continuo organ.

August Wenzinger, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Regensburger Domchor - Handel: Brockes-Passion (2001)

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August Wenzinger, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Regensburger Domchor - Handel: Brockes-Passion (2001)

August Wenzinger, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Regensburger Domchor - Handel: Brockes-Passion (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 965 Mb | Total time: 62:28+61:54+58:01 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Archiv Produktion | # 463 664-2 | Recorded: 1967

..The least familiar work in this issue is the “Brookes“ Passion (the second of two by Handel in that form), so-called because one Barthold Heinrich Brockes, a Hamburg dignitary, supplied the text: a dramatic poem entitled “Der für die Sünde der Welt gemarterte und sterbende Jesus.“ I can claim no fluency whatever in German, but respected critics have deplored its hyperbolic verses. Nevertheless, it was quite popular in its day. Public and private readings were common, and it was set to music not only by Keiser, Mattheson, and Telemann (even Bach set parts of it) but by a number of lesser-known composers as well.

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Giovanni Paisiello: La Passione di Gesu Cristo (2007)

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Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Giovanni Paisiello: La Passione di Gesu Cristo (2007)

Diego Fasolis, I Barocchisti - Giovanni Paisiello: La Passione di Gesù Cristo (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 463 Mb | Total time: 96:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: CPO | # 777 257-2 | Recorded: 2001

Giovanni Paisiello, whose works Mozart thought enough of to study closely, was mostly forgotten in the nineteenth century, and this Passione de Gesù Cristo remained buried until 1998. This is its second recording; a Polish version on the Arts label, from that year, is also available. The oratorio's text is by the preeminent operatic librettist of the eighteenth century, Pietro Metastasio. One can easily understand why the work has never had a critical mass of general listeners, but for those interested in Mozart's world it's truly fascinating. This passion story features neither Jesus nor Pontius Pilate, nor any of the other usual personages. Instead it takes place after Christ's crucifixion, recounted by St. John, Joseph of Arimatea, and Mary Magdalene (in surely her biggest part until Jesus Christ Superstar came along) to St. Peter, with the accompaniment of a chorus of Christ's other followers; in the second part, all bewail the corruption of Jerusalem and look forward to Christ's resurrection.

Roland Wilson, Capella Ducale, Musica Fiata - Handel: Johannes-Passion (2018)

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Roland Wilson, Capella Ducale, Musica Fiata - Handel: Johannes-Passion (2018)

Roland Wilson, Capella Ducale, Musica Fiata - Handel: Johannes-Passion & Choralkantate: Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder à 9 (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 402 Mb | Total time: 77'34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Capriccio | # 555 173-2 | Recorded: 2017

Roland Wilson enjoys great esteem as a trumpeter and a cornett player who performs with his own ensemble, and as a musicologist his name stands for the rediscovery of many an early music rarity. On CPO's new recording we hear two highly interesting works that once were (and today still are) ascribed to George Frideric Handel. Johann Mattheson, who was working on the setting of the same libretto in 1723, wrote a detailed review of this Passion probably first performed in 1704 and published anonymously. Although Mattheson does not mention the 'world-famous' man by name, his choice of words repeatedly offers clear references, for example, when he states that the inscription Pilate had put on the cross caused him 'new business' ('neue Händel').

Joel Suhubiette, Gli Incogniti, Ensemble Jacques Moderne - Markuspassion: Passion selon Saint Marc de Reinhard Keiser (2015)

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Joel Suhubiette, Gli Incogniti, Ensemble Jacques Moderne - Markuspassion: Passion selon Saint Marc de Reinhard Keiser (2015)

Joël Suhubiette, Gli Incogniti, Ensemble Jacques Moderne - Markuspassion: Passion selon Saint Marc de Reinhard Keiser (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 371 Mb | Total time: 76:35 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Mirare | # MIR254 | Recorded: 2014

Recent musicological research tends to suggest that the 'Markuspassion' is not the work of Reinhard Keiser, essentially for stylistic reasons. However, it has not yet proved possible to attribute it positively to any other contemporary composer, such as Nicolaus Bruhns, or to Gottfried Keiser, Reinhard’s father, and so its paternity is currently uncertain.

Peter Van Heyghen, Les Muffatti, Vox Luminis - Keiser: Brockes-Passion (2014)

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Peter Van Heyghen, Les Muffatti, Vox Luminis - Keiser: Brockes-Passion (2014)

Peter Van Heyghen, Les Muffatti, Vox Luminis - Keiser: Brockes-Passion (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 625 Mb | Total time: 120:30 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Ramée | # RAM 1303 | Recorded: 2012

The Brockes-Passion can be considered the archetype of the German Passion oratorio. As such, it served as a model and source ofinspiration for famous later masterpieces, enjoying uninterrupted popularity throughout the 18th century when no less than 11 composers, including Handel and Telemann, set it to music. The superb version by Reinhard Keiser (1674-1739) is not only the first but also adheres most closely to the great rhetorical power and rich changes of affects of the poets text. In German literary history, Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747) is known above all for his innovative role during the second quarter of the 18th century.

Ralf Otto, Bachorchester Mainz, Bachchor Mainz - Bach: St John Passion / Johannes-Passion (2018)

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Ralf Otto, Bachorchester Mainz, Bachchor Mainz - Bach: St John Passion / Johannes-Passion (2018)

Ralf Otto, Bachorchester Mainz, Bachchor Mainz - Bach: St John Passion / Johannes-Passion (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 612 Mb | Total time: 132:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.573817-18 | Recorded: 2017

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.

Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of the AAM - Bach: St John Passion / Johannes-Passion (2014)

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Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of the AAM - Bach: St John Passion / Johannes-Passion (2014)

Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of the AAM - Bach: St John Passion / Johannes-Passion (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 533 Mb | Total time: 104:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: AAM Records | # AMM 002 | Recorded: 2013

JS Bach's St John Passion is an intensely personal experience, bringing to life the humanity of the passion story. Combining raw viscerality with moments of exquisite intimacy, it was written soon after Bach’s arrival as Kantor at Leipzig’s Thomasschule. Keen to impress a new congregation, Bach produced a setting of the age-old passion story which overshadowed almost every piece of liturgical music the world had previously known. Our recording aims to capture the authenticity and vivacity of the very first Good Friday performance at Leipzig’s Nikolaikirche.

Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of the AAM - Bach: St Matthew Passion / Matthäus-Passion (2015)

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Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of the AAM - Bach: St Matthew Passion / Matthäus-Passion (2015)

Richard Egarr, Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of the AAM - Bach: St Matthew Passion / Matthäus-Passion (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 732 Mb | Total time: 144:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: AAM Records | # AMM 004 | Recorded: 2014

In Spring 2015 the Academy of Ancient Music – described as “the finest period-instrument orchestra in the world” by Classic FM – releases a significant new recording of JS Bach St Matthew Passion BWV244, directed from the harpsichord by Richard Egarr.
Performed in the original 1727 version, and with a superlative roster of soloists, this recording is striking in its immediacy, clarity and directness, with numerous insightful and compelling details lost in subsequent versions.