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Bach: St John Passion - the Köln recording

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Catalogue numberBIS-2551 SACD
Release date2020-09-04
Discs2
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time105:28

On 6 of March 2020, Bach Collegium Japan began their long-awaited 30th anniversary tour of Europe with a performance of Bach's St John Passion in Katowice, Poland. The same week Europe was becoming aware of the very stark reality of the threat posed by the new Corona virus, Covid-19. Consequently, as Masaaki Suzuki and his ensemble went on to perform in Dublin and then London, concert halls across Europe were closing down and the remaining tour dates were cancelled.

Before making their return to Japan, the BCJ agreed with the Kölner Philharmonie to go ahead with the concert that had been planned, in the form of a live streaming without an audience. This meant that the ensemble had time on their hands, and the idea was born to use it for making a recording. Having received permission to use the hall of the Philharmonie for the recording, Bach Collegium Japan and BIS jointly decided to go ahead with the idea, and during a few hectic hours arrangements were made for a recording team to come to Cologne. Over the next few days, Suzuki, the BCJ and a team of soloists headed by James Gilchrist as the Evangelist, recorded Bach's rendering of the Passion of Christ, finishing just ahead of complete lockdown. Their efforts are now available on disc as a testimony not only to the drama of Bach's score, but also to the urgency of a week when the world changed.
 
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Disc 2
01 15. Chorale: Christus, der uns selig macht 00:54 $ 0.22 USD
02 16. Recitative: Da führeten sie Jesum... 03:57 $ 0.95 USD
03 17. Chorale: Ach großer König, groß zu allen Zeiten 01:17 $ 0.31 USD
04 18. Recitative: Da sprach Pilatus zu ihm... 01:52 $ 0.45 USD
05 19. Arioso: Betrachte, meine Seel 02:15 $ 0.54 USD
06 20. Aria: Mein Jesu, ach! 07:23 $ 1.77 USD
07 21. Recitative: Und die Kriegsknechte flochten... 05:25 $ 1.30 USD
08 22. Chorale: Durch dein Gefängnis, Gottes Sohn 01:01 $ 0.24 USD
09 23. Recitative: Die Jüden aber schrieen und sprachen 03:55 $ 0.94 USD
10 24. Aria: Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen 03:43 $ 0.89 USD
11 25. Recitative: Allda kreuzigten sie ihn... 01:57 $ 0.47 USD
12 26. Chorale: In meines Herzens Grunde 00:58 $ 0.23 USD
13 27. Recitative: Die Kriegsknechte aber... 03:32 $ 0.85 USD
14 28. Chorale: Er nahm alles wohl in acht 01:04 $ 0.26 USD
15 29. Recitative: Und von Stund an nahm sie 01:17 $ 0.31 USD
16 30. Aria: Es ist vollbracht! 05:17 $ 1.27 USD
17 31. Recitative: Und neiget das Haupt und verschied 00:23 $ 0.09 USD
18 32. Aria and Chorale: Mein teurer Heiland, lass dich fragen 04:22 $ 1.05 USD
19 33. Recitative: Und siehe da, der Vorhang 00:27 $ 0.11 USD
20 34. Arioso: Mein Herz, in dem die ganze Welt 00:45 $ 0.18 USD
21 35. Aria: Zerfließe, mein Herze, in Fluten der Zähren 06:25 $ 1.54 USD
22 36. Recitative: Die Jüden aber 02:03 $ 0.49 USD
23 37. Chorale: O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn 00:56 $ 0.22 USD
24 38. Recitative: Darnach bat Pilatum 02:09 $ 0.52 USD
25 39. Chorus: Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine 07:41 $ 1.84 USD
26 40. Chorale: Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein 02:17 $ 0.55 USD
 
  Album total 105:28
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
OrchestraBach Collegium Japan
ConductorSuzuki, Masaaki
SopranoBlažíková, Hana
AltoGuillon, Damien
BassImmler, Christian
TenorWilder, Zachary
Tenor (evangelist)Gilchrist, James

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