Bach: St. John Passion

Posted on Feb 24, 2008

Johann Sebastian Bach: St. John Passion

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Program notes by Michael Steinberg (Bach Cantatas)

Program notes by Donald Teeters (Boston Cecilia)

Program notes by Audrey Wong & Norm Proctor (Bach Cantatas)

Article on the genesis of the St. John Passion by Pieter Dirksen (Dirksen’s Web site)

Program notes by Nick Jones, plus German text and literal translation (Atlanta Symphony)

German text, with instrumentation for each movement (Walter Bischof, University of Alberta)

German text with interlinear English translation (literal) (Francis Browne, Bach Cantatas)

German text with side-by-side English translation (literal) (San Francisco Bach Choir)

English translation (poetic) (Philip Ambrose, University of Vermont)

CD Recordings

Historically informed (following Baroque performance practice):

John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Archiv Produktion (1986)
Recording info. at Amazon.com
Recording info. at Deutsche Grammophon (MP3 downloads of album and tracks also available for purchase)

Ton Koopman, Netherlands Bach Society Choir, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Erato (1993)
Recording info. at Amazon.com

Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan, BIS (1998)
Recording info. at Amazon.com
Recording info. at BIS

Modern (“traditional”) (not informed by modern scholarship on Baroque performance practice):

Michel Corboz, Lausanne Vocal Ensemble & Chamber Orchestra, Erato (1977) Recording info. at Amazon.com

Karl Forster, St. Hedwig’s Cathedral Choir, Berlin Philharmonic, EMI Classics (1961)
Recording info. at Amazon.com

Karl Richter, Munich Bach Choir & Orchestra, Deutsche Grammophon (1964)
Recording info. at Amazon.com (MP3 downloads of album and tracks also available for purchase)
Recording info. at Deutsche Grammophon (MP3 downloads of album and tracks also available for purchase)

Hans-Joachim Rotzsch, St. Thomas Boys Choir, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, RCA Victor Europe (1975-76)
Recording info. at Amazon.com

CD Reviews

by Kirk McElhearn at MusicWeb International (Suzuki)

by Teri Noel Towe at Bach Cantata (critical discography of recordings up to 1989)

Composer’s Biography

BaroqueMusic.org Web site

Grove (on Kunst der Fuge)

Timothy A. Smith’s Web site

Note-Learning Aids

CyberBass: MIDI tutorial — hear your vocal part on one speaker and the rest of the choral parts on the other speaker.

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