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Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki - J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 (2020)

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Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki - J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 (2020)

Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki - J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 (2020)
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Classical, Sacred, Vocal | Label: BIS

Suzuki presents the 1749 version of the St. John Passion, a work that underwent many changes since its first performance in 1724. This fourth version, performed at the end of Bach's life, represents his ultimate vision of this great work. (Suzuki includes in an appendix three arias from the 1725 version that Bach removed from this later version.)

Nowhere, in any other historically informed recording of the St. John Passion, does one hear tension and drama as in the opening chorus on this recording. Suzuki's small forces (21 musicians and a choir of 20) and excellent choir, recorded almost perfectly, stand out here and present the essential version of this work. It is interesting to note that Suzuki uses a harpsichord for continuo accompaniment, which most composers do not use, and himself plays the harpsichord for this recording.

This recording is as close to perfection as is possible for this work. Each of the soloists is excellent, beginning with evangelist Gerd Türk, who, in both of the passions, is excellent, and the recitatives in this work take on a scale of intensity that is rarely heard. Counter-tenor Yoshikazu Mera is one of the revelations of the St. John Passion, and his singing of the aria Von den Stricken meiner Sunden is magnificent in its humility and grace. Es ist vollbracht, also sung by Yoshikazu Mera, is such a lucid expression of pathos that one almost wants to turn of the recording after it - it is a tough act to follow. Bass Peter Kooij is superb, and is certainly one of the finest Christs on record in this passion. However, soprano Ingrid Schmithusen lacks the profound depth that some of the other singers show.

But one of the stars of this recording is the choir, magnificent in tone and texture, which Suzuki controls almost perfectly. While there are not many choral movements in this work - with the exception of the short chorales - the two main choral movements, the one that opens the work and the penultimate movement, are performed magically.

"What more can I say, other than that I found myself drawn into the drama from the start, at the same time finding much that struck me as fresh in matters of interpretation, and tonality of great beauty. …this is a major recording event, and an eminently satisfying one." (Gramophone Magazine)

Yoshie Hida, soprano
Ingrid Schmithüsen, soprano
Yoshikazu Mera, counter-tenor
Makoto Sakurada, tenor
Gerd Türk, tenor
Peter Kooij, bass
Chiyuki Urano, bass
Bach Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Tracklist:
1. Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 1, Herr, unser Herrscher (08:18)
2. James Gilchrist, Christian Immler, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 2, Jesus ging mit seinen Jüngern (02:15)
3. Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 3, O große Lieb, o Lieb ohn alle Maße (00:42)
4. James Gilchrist, Christian Immler, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 4, Auf dass das Wort erfüllet würde (01:03)
5. Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 5, Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott, zugleich (00:40)
6. James Gilchrist, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 6, Die Schar aber und der Oberhauptmann (00:44)
7. Damien Guillon, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 7, Von den Stricken meiner Sünden (03:55)
8. James Gilchrist, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 8, Simon Petrus aber folgete Jesu nach (00:11)
9. Hana Blažíková, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 9, Ich folge dir gleichfalls mit freudigen Schritten (03:38)
10. James Gilchrist, Christian Immler, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 10, Derselbe Jünger war dem Hohenpriester bekannt (02:57)
11. Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 11, Wer hat dich so geschlagen (01:19)
12. James Gilchrist, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 12, Und Hannas sandte ihn gebunden (02:02)
13. Zachary Wilder, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 13, Ach, mein Sinn (02:33)
14. Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 14, Petrus, der nicht denkt zurück (01:19)
15. Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 15, Christus, der uns selig macht (00:54)
16. James Gilchrist, Christian Immler, Yusuke Watanabe, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 16, Da führeten sie Jesum (03:57)
17. Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 17, Ach großer König (01:17)
18. James Gilchrist, Christian Immler, Yusuke Watanabe, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 18, Da sprach Pilatus zu ihm (01:52)
19. Christian Immler, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 19, Betrachte, meine Seel, mit ängstlichem Vergnügen (02:15)
20. Zachary Wilder, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 20, Erwäge, wie sein blutgefärbter Rücken (07:23)
21. James Gilchrist, Christian Immler, Yusuke Watanabe, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 21, Und die Kriegsknechte flochten eine Krone (05:25)
22. Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 22, Durch dein Gefängnis, Gottes Sohn (01:01)
23. James Gilchrist, Yusuke Watanabe, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 23, Die Jüden aber schrieen und sprachen (03:55)
24. Christian Immler, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 24, Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen (03:43)
25. James Gilchrist, Yusuke Watanabe, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 25, Allda kreuzigten sie ihn (01:57)
26. Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 26, in meines Herzens Grunde (00:58)
27. James Gilchrist, Christian Immler, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 27, Die Kriegsknechte aber (03:32)
28. Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 28, Er nahm alles wohl in acht (01:04)
29. James Gilchrist, Christian Immler, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 29, Und von Stund an nahm sie der Jünger zu sich (01:17)
30. Damien Guillon, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 30, Es ist vollbracht (05:17)
31. James Gilchrist, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 31, Und neiget das Haupt und verschied (00:23)
32. Christian Immler, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 32, Mein teurer Heiland (04:22)
33. James Gilchrist, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 33, Und siehe da, der Vorhang im Tempel zeriss (00:27)
34. Zachary Wilder, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 34, Mein Herz, indem die ganze Welt (00:45)
35. Hana Blažíková, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 35, Zerfließe, mein Herze (06:25)
36. James Gilchrist, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 36, Die Jüden aber, dieweil es der Rüsttag war (02:03)
37. Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 37, O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn (00:56)
38. James Gilchrist, Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 38, Darnach bat Pilatum Joseph von Arimathia (02:09)
39. Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 39, Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine (07:41)
40. Bach Collegium Japan & Masaaki Suzuki – St. John Passion, BWV 245: No. 40, Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein (02:00)

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