Bach: Markus Passion BWV247 (1744) (2SACD)

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Le Concert des Nations, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Jordi Savall

Created in Leipzig in March 1731 and then revised for the Holy Week of 1744, on a text by Christian Friedrich Henrici, aka Picander, the St Mark Passion was composed by Bach using existing works.

The autograph score is lost but recent musicological research shows that some pieces like the Funeral Ode BWV 198 or an aria from the cantata BWV 54 had been recycled.

Every performance is thus a reconstruction by the performing artist. Jordi Savall offers his own vision, made of subtle chiaroscuro, suffused with serenity and meditation.

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Bach, J S: St Mark Passion, BWV247

Marta Matheu, Raffaele Pe, Dávid Szigetvári, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Konstantin Wolff
La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Le Concert des Nations, Cor Infantil Amics de la Unió, Jordi Savall
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As everyone knows, Bach, the doyen of composers, wrote only two Passions, both transcendent masterpieces.  Well, it turns out that is not strictly true: he also wrote a lost Mark Passion, a seemingly smaller-scale work, and the libretto by a certain Picander still exists, providing evidence as to the form the missing Passion might have taken. Following familiar Baroque practise Bach would seem to have adapted existing music including the famous Trauer-Ode, BWV198. Other elements are less certain; what is undeniable is that every recreation of the work is at least partly shaped by the views of the artists involved. When a musician of the calibre of Jordì Savall turns his attention to this kind of musical puzzle we can rely on the results being not just intriguing, but superlatively musical.
- Chris Dench, The Classical Music Collector