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Cappella Amsterdam, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Frans Bruggen - JS Bach: St John Passion, BWV 245 (2011) 2CD [Re-Up]

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Cappella Amsterdam, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Frans Bruggen - JS Bach: St John Passion, BWV 245 (2011) 2CD [Re-Up]

Johann Sebastian Bach - St John Passion, BWV 245 (2011) 2CDs
Cappella Amsterdam; Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century; Frans Brüggen, conductor
Markus Schäfer, evangelist; Thomas Oliemans, Jesus; Carolyn Sampson, soprano
Michael Chance, alto; Marcel Beekman, tenor; Peter Kooij, bass

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 486 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 257 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Glossa | # GCD 921113 | Time: 01:51:04

One of the many delights coming from Frans Brüggen’s distinguished career has been the understanding which he brings to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach – such as here with the St. John Passion – whether on the concert platform or on record. Brüggen’s cultured feeling for Bach’s musical structures as much as for its style and expressive content permits a textural clarity enjoyed by few of his directing colleagues. A special wealth of experience in the music of Bach has also been gained by the members of the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century across the three decades of its existence and as part of its regular concert series (there have now been over a hundred of these tours!) and with a concentrated opportunity to focus on one work, Bach’s masterpiece was performed and recorded in Spring 2010.

Also of special note on this new recording is the presence of a solo group comprising both distinguished and rising talents, led by Markus Schäfer as the Evangelist and Thomas Oliemans as Jesus, and with Michael Chance and Marcel Beekman singing arias together with the added luxury of the present-day 'Bach bass' par excellence in Peter Kooij and the radiant-voiced Carolyn Sampson. Choral support comes from the Cappella Amsterdam, also present (as was Peter Kooij) on another of Frans Brüggen’s recent revisitings for Glossa and The Grand Tour of the glories of Bach’s choral music, the B minor Mass.

Anyone seeking a reliable, historically informed rendition of J.S. Bach's St. John Passion would do well to consider this exceptional recording by Cappella Amsterdam and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, conducted by early music pioneer Frans Brüggen. The high quality of the singing recommends it, especially the performances of Markus Schäfer as the Evangelist and Thomas Oliemans as Jesus, and the other soloists and chorus convey the story of the Passion of Christ with eloquence and gravitas. The original instruments and authentic period style of the playing give the instrumental parts a strikingly plangent quality, which is perhaps most vivid in the oboes, whose chains of suspensions are among the most affecting characteristics of this work. While the performers are all in top form, the recording process may be the one aspect listeners will question. The St. John Passion was recorded live in Rotterdam, Haarlem, and Leiden, so the quality of the sound is variable from one hall to the next, and highly echoic in many tracks. Ostensibly taken from the best takes of these performances, and assembled to give the impression of one event, there are nonetheless significant differences in the placement of the voices and in the closeness of the orchestra that may indicate some changes in microphone placement. Beyond these subtle points, this is still a terrific package that serves the music well and bears comparison with other period versions.

Review by Blair Sanderson, Allmusic.com

In Frans Brüggen’s 1992 recording of the St John Passion – also with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century – the opening choral ‘Herr’ sounds rather like a solicitous waiter gently trying to waken an elderly diner who’s fallen asleep between courses. Hushed and intimate, the tone seems completely to contradict the inherent turbulence and gravitas of that protean first chorus, and yet, nearly 20 years on, Brüggen’s approach isn’t so radically different. Here, again, is a St John where musical imperatives tend to take precedence over dramatic ones.

Bidding farewell to Bach’s improbable 1749 contra bassoon addition to the score, Brüggen bases this performance on the 1724 original version – retaining noticeably brisk tempos for the concluding chorus and chorale as though already party to the message of Easter. In the baying crowd scenes however, Cappella Amsterdam usually summons up less venom and urgency than the Netherlands Chamber Choir ‘class of ’92’, even if there’s an infectious frisson of gambling fever as the lots are cast for the garment.

Markus Schäfer’s Evangelist is commanding if occasionally a touch stiff, and the reliable Peter Kooij bestrides both sets, but tenor Marcel Beekman is no match for Christoph Prégardien’s peerless ‘Ach, mein Sinn’ in the earlier recording. Beyond praise though is Carolyn Sampson whose two arias are utterly spell-binding, and at an almost dangerously slow tempo, the alto and gamba ‘Es ist vollbracht’ entwinings of Michael Chance and Rainer Zipperling hang plangently in the air, an epiphany of unassuageable grief. Brüggen ’92 is perhaps the better vintage; but Sampson is in a class of her own.

Review by Paul Riley, Classical-Music.com

Performers:

Markus Schäfer, evangelist
Thomas Oliemans, Jesus

Carolyn Sampson, soprano
Michael Chance, alto
Marcel Beekman, tenor
Peter Kooij, bass

Pierre-Guy Le Gall White, Pilatus
Bart Oenema, Petrus
Jon Etxabe-Arzuaga & Guido Groenland, Servus
Valeria Mignaco, Ancilla

Cappella Amsterdam
Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century
Frans Brüggen


Tracklist:

CD1:

First Part:

01. No. 1 Coro: Herr, unser Herrscher (10:35)
02. No. 2 Evangelist, Jesus: Jesus ging mit seinen Jungern… (02:18)
03. No. 3 Chorale: O grosse Lieb, o Lieb ohn’ alle Masse (00:39)
04. No. 4 Evangelist, Jesus: Auf dass das Wort erfullet wurde (01:03)
05. No. 5 Chorale: Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott, zugleich (00:47)
06. No. 6 Evangelist: Die Schar aber und der Oberhauptmann (00:44)
07. No. 7 Aria (alto): Von den Stricken meiner Sunden (04:42)
08. No. 8 Evangelist: Simon Petrus aber folgete Jesu nach (00:14)
09. No. 9 Aria (soprano): Ich folge dir gleichfalls (04:08)
10. No. 10 Evangelist, Maid, Peter, Jesus, Servant: Derselbige Junger (02:57)
11. No. 11 Chorale: Wer hat dich so geschlagen (01:24)
12. No. 12 Evangelist: Und Hannas sandte ihn gebunden… (02:06)
13. No. 13 Aria (tenor): Ach, mein Sinn (02:30)
14. No. 14 Chorale: Petrus, der nicht denkt zuruck (01:10)

Second Part:

15. No. 15 Chorale: Christus, der uns selig macht (00:53)
16. No. 16 Evangelist, Pilate: Da fuhreten sie Jesum… (04:13)
17. No. 17 Chorale: Ach grosser Konig, grosse zu allen Zeiten (01:20)
18. No. 18 Evangelist, Pilate, Jesus: Da sprach Pilatus zu ihm… (02:02)
19. No. 19 Arioso (bass): Betrachte, meine Seel (02:16)
20. No. 20 Aria (tenor): Erwage, wie sein blutgefarbter Rucken (08:30)
21. No. 21 Evangelist: Und die Kriegsknechte flochten… (05:53)
22. No. 22 Chorale: Durch dein Gefangnis, Gottes Sohn (00:46)
23. No. 23 Evangelist: Die Juden aber schrieen und sprachen… (04:17)
24. No. 24 Aria (bass) - Coro: Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen (04:07)
25. No. 25 Evangelist: Allda kreuzigten sie ihn… (02:00)
26. No. 26 Chorale: In meines Herzens Grunde (00:55)

CD2:

01. No. 27 Evangelist: Die Kriegsknechte aber… (03:53)
02. No. 28 Chorale: Er nahm alles wohl in acht (00:59)
03. No. 29 Evangelist, Jesus: Und von Stund an (01:32)
04. No. 30 Aria (Altus): Es ist vollbracht! (06:10)
05. No. 31 Evangelist: Und neiget das Haupt und verschied (00:31)
06. No. 32 Aria (Bass) - Coro: Mein teurer Heiland (04:29)
07. No. 33 Evangelist: Und siehe da (00:25)
08. No. 34 Arioso (tenor): Mein Herz, indem die ganze Welt (00:57)
09. No. 35 Aria (soprano): Zerfliesse, mein Herze (06:54)
10. No. 36 Evangelist: Die Juden aber (01:59)
11. No. 37 Chorale: O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn (00:55)
12. No. 38 Evangelist: Darnach bat Pilatum (01:52)
13. No. 39 Coro: Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine (05:59)
14. No. 40 Chorale: Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein (01:40)


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Cappella Amsterdam, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Frans Bruggen - JS Bach: St John Passion, BWV 245 (2011) 2CD [Re-Up]

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