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John Eliot Gardiner|Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245

Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245

John Eliot Gardiner - English Baroque Soloists - Monteverdi Choir

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Never two without three. With this release on the Deutsche Grammophon label, Sir John Eliot Gardiner offers his third recording of Passion according to Saint-Jean by Johann Sebastian Bach. It comes thirty-five years after his first attempt with Archiv Produktion (1985) and ten years after his incredible rendition with his Soli Deo Gloria label (2011). The choir is entrusted with the task of building dramatic tension, perhaps even more so than in the Passion According to Saint-Matthieu.

What a choir it is! The Monteverdi Choir is a dramatic presence here, and they are breathtakingly captivating. The chorales are majestically brought to life using intricate polyphonic textures with incredible readability; the beautiful lines, subtle nuances and diversity of the German verb inflections almost demand admiration. The choir perfectly captures every inch of expressive matter contained in Wer hat dich so geschlagen (No. 11). Later, at the heart of the rendition (und die Kriegsknechte flochten eine Krone von Dornen, Die Jüden aber schrieen und sprachen), the choir reaches a whole new level. Everything about this sacred drama feels grandiose, majestic and immense, though not without little shades of mischief (Mein teurer Heiland, lass dich fragen).

Just when it feels like the choir has harnessed all its musical power, along come the final two pieces. Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine is thoughtfully slow and rejects all unnecessary excess. The music, with its transparent textures, dazzles with its flexible dramatic arc. To our great delight, Gardiner extends this piece to nearly eight minutes. In the final chorale Ach Herr, laß dein lieb Engelein? Gardiner reproduces the compelling sound of his opening chorus. It’s the loud cry of Christianity, of the tender and redeeming love of Christ.

The Monteverdi Choir shines in this rendition. Their fresh take on these pieces succeeds in making Bach’s work feel all the more inexhaustible. This release will cement the Monteverdi Choir as legends. Nevertheless, this release isn’t without its disappointments: the solo vocalists lack expressivity, and the tones are often unremarkable, save for that of the soprano who is quite brilliant. However, these faults soon fade into unimportance. Everything here is to the glory of the choir. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

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Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245

John Eliot Gardiner

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Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part One (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
No. 1 "Herr, unser Herrscher"
Monteverdi Choir
00:09:27

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
No. 2 "Jesus ging mit seinen Jüngern"
Nick Pritchard
00:02:30

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - William Thomas, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Nick Pritchard, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
No. 3 "O große Lieb, o Lieb ohn' alle Maße"
Monteverdi Choir
00:00:47

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
No. 4 "Auf daß das Wort erfüllet würde"
Nick Pritchard
00:01:08

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - William Thomas, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Nick Pritchard, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5
No. 5 "Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott, zugleich"
Monteverdi Choir
00:00:54

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
No. 6 "Die Schar aber und der Oberhauptmann"
Nick Pritchard
00:00:44

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Nick Pritchard, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
No. 7 "Von den Stricken meiner Sünden"
Alexander Chance
00:04:18

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Alexander Chance, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
No. 8 "Simon Petrus aber folgete Jesu nach"
Nick Pritchard
00:00:12

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Nick Pritchard, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
No. 9 "Ich folge dir gleichfalls"
Julia Doyle
00:03:21

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Julia Doyle, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
No. 10 "Derselbige Jünger war dem Hohenpriester bekannt"
Alison Hill
00:03:06

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - William Thomas, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Alison Hill, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Nick Pritchard, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gareth Treseder, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Lafferty, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
No. 11 "Wer hat dich so geschlagen"
Monteverdi Choir
00:01:53

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12
No. 12 "Und Hannas sandte ihn gebunden"
Nick Pritchard
00:02:19

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Nick Pritchard, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Lafferty, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Hanley, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

13
No. 13 "Ach mein Sinn"
Peter Davoren
00:02:36

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Peter Davoren, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

14
No. 14 "Petrus, der nicht denkt zurück"
Monteverdi Choir
00:01:24

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 / Part Two (Johann Sebastian Bach)

15
No. 15 "Christus, der uns selig macht"
Monteverdi Choir
00:01:14

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

16
No. 16 "Da führeten sie Jesum"
Nick Pritchard
00:04:14

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - William Thomas, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Alex Ashworth, Bass-Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Pritchard, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

17
No. 17 "Ach großer König, groß zu allen Zeiten"
Monteverdi Choir
00:01:29

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

18
No. 18 "Da sprach Pilatus zu ihm"
Nick Pritchard
00:02:15

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - William Thomas, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Alex Ashworth, Bass-Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Pritchard, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

19
No. 19 "Betrachte, meine Seele"
Alex Ashworth
00:02:39

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Alex Ashworth, Bass-Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

20
No. 20 "Erwäge, wie sein blutgefärbter Rücken"
Peter Davoren
00:09:23

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Peter Davoren, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

21
No. 21 "Und die Kriegsknechte flochten eine Krone von Dornen"
Nick Pritchard
00:05:55

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - William Thomas, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Alex Ashworth, Bass-Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Pritchard, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

22
No. 22 "Durch dein Gefängnis, Gottes Sohn"
Monteverdi Choir
00:00:53

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

23
No. 23 "Die Jüden aber schrieen und sprachen"
Nick Pritchard
00:03:59

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Alex Ashworth, Bass-Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Pritchard, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

24
No. 24 "Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen"
Alex Ashworth
00:04:07

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Alex Ashworth, Bass-Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

25
No. 25 "Allda kreuzigten sie ihn"
Nick Pritchard
00:02:11

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Alex Ashworth, Bass-Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Pritchard, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

26
No. 26 "In meines Herzens Grunde"
Monteverdi Choir
00:01:02

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

27
No. 27 "Die Kriegsknechte aber"
Nick Pritchard
00:03:59

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - William Thomas, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Nick Pritchard, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

28
No. 28 "Er nahm alles wohl in Acht"
Monteverdi Choir
00:01:16

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

29
No. 29 "Und von Stund an nahm sie der Jünger zu sich"
Nick Pritchard
00:01:38

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - William Thomas, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Nick Pritchard, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

30
No. 30 "Es ist vollbracht!"
Alexander Chance
00:05:19

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Alexander Chance, Counter-Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

31
No. 31 "Und neiget das Haupt und verschied"
Nick Pritchard
00:00:30

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Nick Pritchard, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

32
No. 32 "Mein teurer Heiland, lass dich fragen"
Alex Ashworth
00:04:21

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Alex Ashworth, Bass-Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

33
No. 33 "Und siehe da, der Vorhang im Tempel"
Nick Pritchard
00:00:26

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Nick Pritchard, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

34
No. 34 "Mein Herz, in dem die ganze Welt"
Peter Davoren
00:00:57

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Peter Davoren, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

35
No. 35 "Zerfließe, mein Herze, in Fluten der Zähren"
Julia Doyle
00:07:01

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Julia Doyle, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

36
No. 36 "Die Juden aber"
Nick Pritchard
00:02:09

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Nick Pritchard, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

37
No. 37 "O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn"
Monteverdi Choir
00:01:13

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

38
No. 38 "Darnach bat Pilatum Joseph von Arimathia"
Nick Pritchard
00:02:19

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Nick Pritchard, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

39
No. 39 "Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine"
Monteverdi Choir
00:08:02

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

40
No. 40 "Ach Herr, laß dein lieb Engelein"
Monteverdi Choir
00:02:23

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Anonymous, Author - John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor, MainArtist - English Baroque Soloists, Orchestra, MainArtist - Monteverdi Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Adam Goldsmith, Producer - Daniel Lock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melissa Dee, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description

Never two without three. With this release on the Deutsche Grammophon label, Sir John Eliot Gardiner offers his third recording of Passion according to Saint-Jean by Johann Sebastian Bach. It comes thirty-five years after his first attempt with Archiv Produktion (1985) and ten years after his incredible rendition with his Soli Deo Gloria label (2011). The choir is entrusted with the task of building dramatic tension, perhaps even more so than in the Passion According to Saint-Matthieu.

What a choir it is! The Monteverdi Choir is a dramatic presence here, and they are breathtakingly captivating. The chorales are majestically brought to life using intricate polyphonic textures with incredible readability; the beautiful lines, subtle nuances and diversity of the German verb inflections almost demand admiration. The choir perfectly captures every inch of expressive matter contained in Wer hat dich so geschlagen (No. 11). Later, at the heart of the rendition (und die Kriegsknechte flochten eine Krone von Dornen, Die Jüden aber schrieen und sprachen), the choir reaches a whole new level. Everything about this sacred drama feels grandiose, majestic and immense, though not without little shades of mischief (Mein teurer Heiland, lass dich fragen).

Just when it feels like the choir has harnessed all its musical power, along come the final two pieces. Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine is thoughtfully slow and rejects all unnecessary excess. The music, with its transparent textures, dazzles with its flexible dramatic arc. To our great delight, Gardiner extends this piece to nearly eight minutes. In the final chorale Ach Herr, laß dein lieb Engelein? Gardiner reproduces the compelling sound of his opening chorus. It’s the loud cry of Christianity, of the tender and redeeming love of Christ.

The Monteverdi Choir shines in this rendition. Their fresh take on these pieces succeeds in making Bach’s work feel all the more inexhaustible. This release will cement the Monteverdi Choir as legends. Nevertheless, this release isn’t without its disappointments: the solo vocalists lack expressivity, and the tones are often unremarkable, save for that of the soprano who is quite brilliant. However, these faults soon fade into unimportance. Everything here is to the glory of the choir. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

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