Bach: St John Passion (DVD)

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Maximilian Schmitt, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Concerto Köln, Peter Dijkstra

Live recording, Nuremberg, St. Lorenz Church, “ION – Nuremberg International Organ Week” in March 2015

Maximilian Schmitt (Evangelist), Tareq Nazmi (Christ), Christina Landshamer (soprano), Anke Vondung (mezzo-soprano), Tilman Lichdi (tenor), Krešimir Stražanac (bass-baritone / Pilate), Simona Brüninghaus (Maid), Andreas Burkhart (Petrus) & Moon Yung Oh / Andreas Hirtreiter (Servant)

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Concerto Köln, Peter Dijkstra

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The music of Bach's 'St. John Passion', which the composer wrote for Holy Week in 1724 immediately after his appointment as cantor of St Thomas's Church in Leipzig, still retains all its freshness and vitality nearly 300 years later, and is a true Baroque delight. The two main choruses Herr, unser Herrscher and Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine form the beginning and culmination of a large-scale orchestral and vocal structure in which Bach reveals his absolute mastery of polyphony. Inwardly reflective chorales are as much interwoven into the events of the Passion as the haunting arias which comment on the biblical texts of the Gospel of St John. Throughout this solemn Passion oratorio, there is a constant emphasis on Baroque musical magnificence.

What makes this live recording of the concert version of March 2015 so special? The fresh voices of the young and excellent vocal soloists, the regularly praised "astonishing three-dimensionality" and "crystalline clarity" of the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the direction of Peter Dijkstra and, of course, the renowned period instrument ensemble Concerto Köln.

This recording of Bach's 'St John Passion' has now been released on DVD, at a concert during the “ION – Nuremberg International Organ Week” in Nuremberg’s St. Lorenz Church, and enhanced by the film “Stories of Hope – Music that Touches the Soul” by Melitta Müller-Hansen.

Booklet: in German / in English
Libretto: in German
Total time: 144 min