English Baroque Soloists – Bach, J.S.: St. John Passion, BWV 245 (2022) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

English Baroque Soloists – Bach, J.S.: St. John Passion, BWV 245 (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:55:56 minutes | 2,11 GB | Genre: Classical
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John Eliot Gardiner, together with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, adds a new reading of J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion to his remarkable legacy of recordings for Deutsche Grammophon. Boasting a team of exceptional young soloists and choral singing hallmarked by intense drama, expressive nuance and spellbinding musicianship, the album was recorded in the ornate surroundings of Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre on Good Friday 2021. It is set for release on 4 March 2022 as a deluxe edition consisting of 2 CDs and a Blu-ray disc which offers the audio recording and the film of the performance in various sound formats, including the immersive Dolby Atmos. The audio recording will also be released digitally.

Among the sensations, and strong chart performers, of early 2022 has been this live performance of Bach’s St. John Passion, BWV 245, recorded at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford in mid-2021. Appearing on Deutsche Grammophon rather than on conductor John Eliot Gardiner’s SDG label, it differs substantially from Gardiner’s earlier work, including his two earlier St. John Passion recordings, and it’s extraordinarily compelling. Partly it’s the pandemic-era circumstances of the recording; the theater was empty, and the performers spread out not only on stage but also in the audience seating. The resulting sound is quite unusual, with individual voices emerging from the throng, but it has a fascinating effect. There are semi-staged aspects to the performance, with soloists placed so that they are clearly in dialogue with each other and with the chorus. The singers of the Monteverdi Choir performed, remarkably, from memory, and Gardiner and his English Baroque Soloists responded to the theatrical setting with a reading of the music that seems almost operatic. There has always been a dramatic quality to Gardiner’s Bach, and the St. John Passion is the most theatrical of his works. Here, he gives his soloists, mostly young, free rein to lean into the action, and his choruses are sharp and angry. Gardiner is quoted as saying in the notes that the intensity of the performance was motivated not only by the coronavirus pandemic (the performances marked the first reunion of the Monteverdi Choir after a long layoff) but also by the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, and the similarities he perceived with the biblical mob. This is the kind of live performance where the inevitable flaws only add to the power of the whole, which is impressive.

Tracklist:
01. English Baroque Soloists – 1. “Herr, unser Herrscher” (09:27)
02. English Baroque Soloists – 2. “Jesus ging mit seinen Jüngern” (02:30)
03. English Baroque Soloists – 3. “O große Lieb, o Lieb ohn’ alle Maße” (00:47)
04. English Baroque Soloists – 4. “Auf daß das Wort erfüllet würde” (01:08)
05. English Baroque Soloists – 5. “Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott, zugleich” (00:54)
06. English Baroque Soloists – 6. “Die Schar aber und der Oberhauptmann” (00:44)
07. English Baroque Soloists – 7. “Von den Stricken meiner Sünden” (04:18)
08. English Baroque Soloists – 8. “Simon Petrus aber folgete Jesu nach” (00:12)
09. English Baroque Soloists – 9. “Ich folge dir gleichfalls” (03:21)
10. English Baroque Soloists – 10. “Derselbige Jünger war dem Hohenpriester bekannt” (03:06)
11. English Baroque Soloists – 11. “Wer hat dich so geschlagen” (01:53)
12. English Baroque Soloists – 12. “Und Hannas sandte ihn gebunden” (02:19)
13. English Baroque Soloists – 13. “Ach mein Sinn” (02:36)
14. English Baroque Soloists – 14. “Petrus, der nicht denkt zurück” (01:24)
15. English Baroque Soloists – 15. “Christus, der uns selig macht” (01:14)
16. English Baroque Soloists – 16. “Da führeten sie Jesum” (04:14)
17. English Baroque Soloists – 17. “Ach großer König, groß zu allen Zeiten” (01:29)
18. English Baroque Soloists – 18. “Da sprach Pilatus zu ihm” (02:15)
19. English Baroque Soloists – 19. “Betrachte, meine Seele” (02:39)
20. English Baroque Soloists – 20. “Erwäge, wie sein blutgefärbter Rücken” (09:23)
21. English Baroque Soloists – 21. “Und die Kriegsknechte flochten eine Krone von Dornen” (05:55)
22. English Baroque Soloists – 22. “Durch dein Gefängnis, Gottes Sohn” (00:53)
23. English Baroque Soloists – 23. “Die Jüden aber schrieen und sprachen” (03:59)
24. English Baroque Soloists – 24. “Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen” (04:07)
25. English Baroque Soloists – 25. “Allda kreuzigten sie ihn” (02:11)
26. English Baroque Soloists – 26. “In meines Herzens Grunde” (01:02)
27. English Baroque Soloists – 27. “Die Kriegsknechte aber” (03:59)
28. English Baroque Soloists – 28. “Er nahm alles wohl in Acht” (01:16)
29. English Baroque Soloists – 29. “Und von Stund an nahm sie der Jünger zu sich” (01:38)
30. English Baroque Soloists – 30. “Es ist vollbracht!” (05:19)
31. English Baroque Soloists – 31. “Und neiget das Haupt und verschied” (00:30)
32. English Baroque Soloists – 32. “Mein teurer Heiland, lass dich fragen” (04:21)
33. English Baroque Soloists – 33. “Und siehe da, der Vorhang im Tempel” (00:26)
34. English Baroque Soloists – 34. “Mein Herz, in dem die ganze Welt” (00:57)
35. English Baroque Soloists – 35. “Zerfließe, mein Herze, in Fluten der Zähren” (07:01)
36. English Baroque Soloists – 36. “Die Juden aber” (02:09)
37. English Baroque Soloists – 37. “O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn” (01:13)
38. English Baroque Soloists – 38. “Darnach bat Pilatum Joseph von Arimathia” (02:19)
39. English Baroque Soloists – 39. “Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine” (08:02)
40. English Baroque Soloists – 40. “Ach Herr, laß dein lieb Engelein” (02:23)

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