Netherlands Bach Society, Jos Van Veldhoven - JS Bach: St. John Passion v.1724 (2005/2009) [DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC]

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Netherlands Bach Society, Jos Van Veldhoven - JS Bach: St. John Passion v.1724 (2005/2009) [DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC]

Netherlands Bach Society, Jos Van Veldhoven - JS Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 (1st version, 1724) (2005)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time - 111:34 minutes | 2,76 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 111:34 minutes | 2,27 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The Netherlands Bach Society's recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's St. John Passion was made with similar forces as their recording of Bach's Christmas Oratorio. The group performs Bach's earliest version of this work (1724) in a reconstruction by musicologist Dr. Pieter Dirksen.

In 1980, American musicologist Joshua Rifkin, until then known largely for performances of Scott Joplin that a ragtime audience of 1905 would have found incomprehensibly stiff, offered a one-voice-to-a-part performance of Bach's Mass in B minor. One wag dubbed it the "Madrigal in B minor," and ever since then the debate has raged among those who pursue historical performance authenticity as a kind of Holy Grail. Rifkin argued that Bach didn't think of soloists in the modern sense in his choral works; instead, his soloists (or "concertists") were the lead members of a small group that was filled out by another quartet of "ripienists" in what we would think of as the choral passages. British conductor Andrew Parrott signed on for the crew in Rifkin's corner, while prolific Dutch Bach interpreter Ton Koopman was one of those arguing for a small choir of perhaps 12 or 16 voices. To keep things interesting, Bach's own writings, and the iconography of the time, are subject to conflicting interpretations. In this sumptuously packaged recording of Bach's St. John Passion, Dutch Bach conductor Jos van Veldhoven weighs in on Rifkin's side, and, just to stir the pot a little more, he eliminates the flutes from the scoring of Bach's work, replacing the flute with a solo violin in the aria "Ich folge dir gleichfalls."

One must say that van Veldhoven makes perhaps the best case so far for the concertist-ripienist approach. He has assembled a top-notch group of lifelong Bach players and singers that manages to be highly expressive within a stripped-down, minimal setting. Among the soloists, countertenor Peter de Groot on Bach's alto part achieves a plausible representation of castrato sound quality, and the vocal blend of this small group of singers is admirable at a purely technical level. Van Veldhoven seems to want to tie Bach's Passion settings to a German tradition of sparse musical treatments that eschewed the influence of Italian opera, and his musical reasoning from this premise is impeccable. The average listener, however, should know that this kind of interpretation is still considered radical. The disputes that played out in the pages of Early Music magazine in the late '90s have now spilled over to the Internet, if you're interested. The St. John Passion was a work dating from the beginning of Bach's tenure at Leipzig. It had a tortuned history of incomplete and situational revision after that, and if any work of Bach's is suited to the sort of imaginative historical reconstruction attempted here, it may well be this one. But one of the work's fundamental characteristics is a deep intergration of chorales into its musical language – and the chorale was a kind of music that connoted congregational singing, regardless of whatever highly unusual treatments it received in Bach's hands. Contrary to what van Veldhoven suggests, it's hardly a mark of nineteenth century thinking to expect to hear a chorus of voices as one component of Bach's musical world. Specialists and early music enthusiasts may well find this recording fascinating, but those new to the St. John Passion should sample other versions.

Tracklist:

01 - Part 1 - (Chor) Herr, unser Herrscher, dessen Ruhm
02 - Part 1 - (Evangelist / Jesus) Jesus ging mit seinen Jüngern…
03 - Part 1 - (Chor) О grosse Lieb, 0 Lieb ohn alle Masse
04 - Part 1 - (Evangelist / Jesus) Auf daß das Wort erfüllet würde…
05 - Part 1 - (Chor) Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott, zugleich
06 - Part 1 - (Evangelist) Die Schar aber und der Oberhauptmann…
07 - Part 1 - Aria (Alt) Von den Stricken meiner Sünden
08 - Part 1 - (Evangelist) Simon Petrus aber folgete Jesus nach…
09 - Part 1 - Aria (Sopran) Ich folge dir gleichfalls mit freudigen Schritten
10 - Part 1 - (Evangelist / Magd /Petrus / Jesus / Diener) Derselbige Jünger war dem Hohenpriester bekannt…
11 - Part 1 - (Chor) Wer hat dich so geschlagen
12 - Part 1 - (Evangelist) Und Hannas sandte ihm gebunden…
13 - Part 1 - Aria (Tenor) Ach, mein Sinn
14 - Part 1 - (Chor) Petrus, der nicht denkt zurück
15 - Part 2 - (Chor) Christus, der uns selig macht
16 - Part 2 - (Evangelist / Pilatus) Da führeten sie Jesum …
17 - Part 2 - (Chor) Ach grosser König, gross zu allen Zeiten
18 - Part 2 - (Evangelist / Pilatus / Jesus) Da sprach Pilatus zu ihm …
19 - Part 2 - Arioso (Baß) Betrachte, meine Seel, mit ängstlichem Vergnügen
20 - Part 2 - Aria (Tenor) Erwäge, wie sein blutgefärbter Rücken
21 - Part 2 - (Evangelist) Und die Kriegsknechte flochten…
22 - Part 2 - (Chor) Durch dein Gefängnis, Gottes Sohn…
23 - Part 2 - (Evangelist) Die Juden aber schrieen…
24 - Part 2 - Arie (Baß & Chor) Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen
25 - Part 2 - (Evangelist) Allda kreuzigten sie ihn…
26 - Part 2 - (Chor) In meines Herzens Grunde
27 - Part 2 - (Evangelist) Die Kriegsknechte aber…
28 - Part 2 - (Chor) Er nahm alles wohl in acht
29 - Part 2 - (Evangelist / Jesus) Und von Stund an nahm sie der Jünger…
30 - Part 2 - Arie (Alt) Es ist vollbracht!
31 - Part 2 - (Evangelist) Und neiget das Haupt…
32 - Part 2 - Arie (Baß & Chor) Mein teurer Heiland, laß dich fragen
33 - Part 2 - (Evangelist) Und der Vorhang im Tempel zerriß…
34 - Part 2 - Arioso (Tenor) Mein Herz, in dem die ganze Welt
35 - Part 2 - Arie (Sopran) Zerfließe, mein Herze, in Fluten der Zähren
36 - Part 2 - (Evangelist) Die Juden aber, dieweil es der Rüsttag war…
37 - Part 2 - (Chor) О hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn
38 - Part 2 - (Evangelist) Darnach bat Pilatum Joseph von Arimathia…
39 - Part 2 - (Chor) Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine
40 - Part 2 - (Chor) Ach Herr, laß dein lieb Engelein

Produced by Jared Sacks & Jos van Veldhoven. Recording engineers Jared Sacks, Hein Dekker.
Recorded in March 2004 at Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Edited by Jared Sacks.

Musicians:
The Netherlands Bach Society
Jos van Veldhoven - conductor

Analyzed: The Netherlands Bach Society, Jos van Veldhoven / Bach, J.S.: St. John Passion, BWV 245 (1st version, 1724)
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR15 -4.91 dB -24.41 dB 10:07 01-Part 1 - (Chor) Herr, unser Herrscher, dessen Ruhm
DR16 -7.61 dB -28.45 dB 2:25 02-Part 1 - (Evangelist / Jesus) Jesus ging mit seinen Jüngern…
DR13 -6.30 dB -25.31 dB 1:03 03-Part 1 - (Chor) О grosse Lieb, 0 Lieb ohn alle Masse
DR13 -14.66 dB -29.48 dB 1:09 04-Part 1 - (Evangelist / Jesus) Auf daß das Wort erfüllet würde…
DR13 -8.00 dB -25.24 dB 0:49 05-Part 1 - (Chor) Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott, zugleich
DR15 -11.66 dB -30.36 dB 0:47 06-Part 1 - (Evangelist) Die Schar aber und der Oberhauptmann…
DR14 -8.53 dB -27.32 dB 4:59 07-Part 1 - Aria (Alt) Von den Stricken meiner Sünden
DR13 -17.64 dB -32.13 dB 0:11 08-Part 1 - (Evangelist) Simon Petrus aber folgete Jesus nach…
DR16 -8.17 dB -28.49 dB 3:55 09-Part 1 - Aria (Sopran) Ich folge dir gleichfalls mit freudigen Schritten
DR14 -11.94 dB -29.66 dB 3:04 10-Part 1 - (Evangelist / Magd /Petrus / Jesus / Diener) Derselbige Jünger war dem Hohenpriester bekannt…
DR12 -8.59 dB -25.27 dB 1:45 11-Part 1 - (Chor) Wer hat dich so geschlagen
DR14 -10.13 dB -28.44 dB 2:17 12-Part 1 - (Evangelist) Und Hannas sandte ihm gebunden…
DR14 -10.00 dB -27.24 dB 3:07 13-Part 1 - Aria (Tenor) Ach, mein Sinn
DR13 -8.90 dB -26.66 dB 1:33 14-Part 1 - (Chor) Petrus, der nicht denkt zurück
DR12 -7.40 dB -24.51 dB 1:02 15-Part 2 - (Chor) Christus, der uns selig macht
DR13 -5.15 dB -24.83 dB 4:11 16-Part 2 - (Evangelist / Pilatus) Da führeten sie Jesum …
DR14 -6.62 dB -25.24 dB 1:32 17-Part 2 - (Chor) Ach grosser König, gross zu allen Zeiten
DR16 -4.78 dB -26.28 dB 2:02 18-Part 2 - (Evangelist / Pilatus / Jesus) Da sprach Pilatus zu ihm …
DR14 -14.01 dB -30.71 dB 2:23 19-Part 2 - Arioso (Baß) Betrachte, meine Seel, mit ängstlichem Vergnügen
DR15 -11.69 dB -29.67 dB 6:39 20-Part 2 - Aria (Tenor) Erwäge, wie sein blutgefärbter Rücken
DR14 -5.41 dB -24.52 dB 5:46 21-Part 2 - (Evangelist) Und die Kriegsknechte flochten…
DR13 -8.35 dB -25.59 dB 0:58 22-Part 2 - (Chor) Durch dein Gefängnis, Gottes Sohn…
DR14 -6.52 dB -24.99 dB 4:10 23-Part 2 - (Evangelist) Die Juden aber schrieen…
DR15 -9.51 dB -27.82 dB 3:54 24-Part 2 - Arie (Baß & Chor) Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen
DR13 -7.04 dB -26.11 dB 2:16 25-Part 2 - (Evangelist) Allda kreuzigten sie ihn…
DR13 -6.71 dB -23.96 dB 0:59 26-Part 2 - (Chor) In meines Herzens Grunde
DR15 -7.25 dB -27.05 dB 3:42 27-Part 2 - (Evangelist) Die Kriegsknechte aber…
DR13 -7.17 dB -23.75 dB 1:15 28-Part 2 - (Chor) Er nahm alles wohl in acht
DR13 -13.09 dB -30.08 dB 1:23 29-Part 2 - (Evangelist / Jesus) Und von Stund an nahm sie der Jünger…
DR16 -6.69 dB -27.93 dB 5:29 30-Part 2 - Arie (Alt) Es ist vollbracht!
DR9 -18.25 dB -30.21 dB 0:25 31-Part 2 - (Evangelist) Und neiget das Haupt…
DR14 -12.60 dB -29.19 dB 4:44 32-Part 2 - Arie (Baß & Chor) Mein teurer Heiland, laß dich fragen
DR17 -10.83 dB -28.63 dB 0:12 33-Part 2 - (Evangelist) Und der Vorhang im Tempel zerriß…
DR13 -9.77 dB -28.24 dB 0:51 34-Part 2 - Arioso (Tenor) Mein Herz, in dem die ganze Welt
DR15 -7.87 dB -27.55 dB 6:22 35-Part 2 - Arie (Sopran) Zerfließe, mein Herze, in Fluten der Zähren
DR13 -13.48 dB -29.87 dB 2:13 36-Part 2 - (Evangelist) Die Juden aber, dieweil es der Rüsttag war…
DR13 -6.46 dB -25.47 dB 1:04 37-Part 2 - (Chor) О hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn
DR13 -16.58 dB -31.16 dB 1:49 38-Part 2 - (Evangelist) Darnach bat Pilatum Joseph von Arimathia…
DR15 -6.34 dB -25.85 dB 7:06 39-Part 2 - (Chor) Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine
DR13 -5.25 dB -22.27 dB 1:55 40-Part 2 - (Chor) Ach Herr, laß dein lieb Engelein
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Number of tracks: 40
Official DR value: DR14

Samplerate: 176400 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 5645 kbps
Codec: DSD64
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