Bach: St John Passion
AAM 002 (2 CDs)
Bach: St John Passion, BWV 245: Part I Excerpts (14:18)
Soloists; Academy of Ancient Music Choir & Orchestra / Richard Egarr
Bach’s St John Passion is an intensely personal experience, bringing to life the humanity of the passion story. Combining raw viscerality with moments of exquisite intimacy, it was written soon after Bach’s arrival as Kantor at Leipzig’s Thomasschule. Keen to impress a new congregation, Bach produced a setting of the age-old passion story which overshadowed almost every piece of liturgical music the world had previously known. This recording by the Academy of Ancient Music aims to capture the authenticity and vivacity of the first Good Friday performance at Leipzig’s Nikolaikirche.