Bach St John Passion, BMW 245
Stephen Layton conductor
Jeremy Ovenden evangelist
Neal Davies Christus
Elin Manahan Thomas soprano
Clare Wilkinson mezzo soprano
Stuart Jackson tenor
Robert Davies bass
To this day, many regard St John Passion as the pinnacle of Western musical history prior to 1724. Bach’s musical setting of the crucifixion of Christ is full of colour and emotional depth. Performed here with Stephen Layton and the mighty Polyphony, the piece combines high drama and painful introspection, and contains some of Bach’s most profound writing.
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