St John Passion discography

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Recordings of the St John Passion are shown as a list of selected recordings of the St John Passion, BWV 245, of Johann Sebastian Bach, grouped for "modern instruments" and "period instruments", a movement started by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, among others. Both groups now aim at historically informed performances. Some recordings employ a boys choir as Bach had it in the Thomanerchor. Others respect the knowledge of the small ensembles that Bach conducted by having the soloists form the "choir", one singer per part. The order of the soloists is usually given as: Evangelist, Jesus, soprano, alto, tenor (if a second tenor), bass. The selection is taken from the 155 recordings, listed on the website bach-cantatas as of 2010, the number assigned there given as a reference.

See also St Matthew Passion discography.

On modern instruments[edit]

Thomanerchor, Gewandhausorchester
Ernst Haefliger, Franz Kelch, Agnes Giebel, Marga Höffgen, Hans-Olaf Hudemann
Berlin Classics, 1954
Wiener Singakademie (Chorus Master: Hans Gillesberger), Wiener Symphoniker
Julius Patzak, Gérard Souzay, Uta Graf, Marga Höffgen, Walter Berry
M+A, 1955
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Choir
John van Kesteren, Hans Hotter, Elisabeth Grümmer, Marga Höffgen, Peter Pears, Kieth Engen
Golden Melodram, 1960
Heinrich-Schütz-Chor Heilbronn, Pforzheim Chamber Orchestra
Soloists: Helmut Krebs, Franz Kelch, Friederike Sailer, Marga Höffgen, Hermann Werdermann
Erato, 1960
De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Bach Chorus & Orchestra of the Amsterdam Philharmonic Society
Soloists: Richard Lewis, Heinz Rehfuss, Agnes Giebel, Wilhelmine Matthès
Tono (Zürich), 1963
Münchener Bach-Chor, Münchener Bach-Orchester
Ernst Haefliger, Hermann Prey, Evelyn Lear, Hertha Töpper, Kieth Engen
Archiv Produktion, 1964
Münchener Bach-Chor, Münchener Bach-Orchester
Ernst Haefliger, Peter van der Bilt, Ursula Buckel, Hertha Töpper
Melodiya / Ars Nova, 1968, recorded live at the Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall
Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Dieter Ellenbeck, Walter Berry, Elly Ameling, Julia Hamari, Werner Hollweg, Hermann Prey
Decca 1974
Gächinger Kantorei, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart
Peter Schreier, Philippe Huttenlocher, Arleen Augér, Julia Hamari, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Sony Classical, 1984
Windsbacher Knabenchor, Münchener Kammerorchester
Markus Schäfer, Hans Griepentrog, Christiane Oelze, Monica Groop, Michael Volle
Teldec, 1997
RIAS Kammerchor, Berlin Philharmonic
Ian Bostridge, Thomas Quasthoff, Juliane Banse, Michael Chance, Rainer Trost
Encore, 2002
Thomanerchor, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Marcus Ullmann, Gotthold Schwarz, Ruth Holton, Matthias Rexroth, Henryk Böhm
Rondeau Production ROP 4024/25, 2007

On period instruments[edit]

Wiener Sängerknaben, Chorus Viennensis, Concentus Musicus Wien
Kurt Equiluz, Max van Egmond, Trebles & Alto Soloists from the Wiener Sängerknaben, Bert van t'Hoff, Jacques Villisech
Teldec, 1965
Barockinstrumentalisten, Groningse Bachvereniging
Soloists: Marius van Altena, Max van Egmond, Marianne Kweksilber, Charles Brett, Harry Geraerts, Harry van der Kamp
Groningse Bachvereniging, 1979
Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists
Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Stephen Varcoe, Nancy Argenta, Ruth Holton, Michael Chance, Rufus Müller, Cornelius Hauptmann
Archiv Produktion, 1986
Choir & Orchestra of La Petite Bande
Christoph Prégardien, Harry van der Kamp, Barbara Schlick, René Jacobs, Nico van der Meel, Max van Egmond
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, 1987
Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre de La Chapelle Royale
Howard Crook, Peter Lika, Barbara Schlick, Catherine Patriasz, William Kendall, Peter Kooy
Harmonia Mundi France, Apr 1987
Taverner Consort and Players NOTE: First recording to use scoring of one voice per vocal part (which in the version used here - from 1749 - involves two singers per line in some sections).
EMI, 1990
De Nederlandse Bachvereniging (Chorus Master: Jos van Veldhoven), Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Guy de Mey, Peter Kooy, Barbara Schlick, Kai Wessel, Gerd Türk, Klaus Mertens
Erato, 1993
Collegium Vocale Gent,
Christoph Prégardien, Konrad Jarnot, Camilla Tilling, Ingeborg Danz, Jan Kobow, Peter Kooy
Bach Collegium Japan
Gerd Türk, Peter Kooy, Ingrid Schmithüsen, Yoshikazu Mera
BIS, 1998
Choir of New College Oxford, Collegium Novum
James Gilchrist, John Bernays, Joe Littlewood (boy soprano), James Bowman, Matthew Beale, Eamonn Dougan, Colin Baldy
Naxos Records, 2003
De Nederlandse Bachvereniging
Gerd Türk, Stephan MacLeod, Caroline Stam, Peter de Groot, Charles Daniels, Bas Ramselaar
Channel Classics, 2004
Dunedin Consort NOTE: First recording to embed work in a "liturgical reconstruction."
Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook, Joanne Lunn, Claire Wilkinson, et al.
Linn Records, 2013
Academy of Ancient Music
James Gilchrist, Matthew Rose, Ashley Riches, Elizabeth Watts, Sarah Connolley, Andrew Kennedy, Christopher Purves
AAM Records, 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ #6 in bach cantatas
  2. ^ #7 in bach cantatas
  3. ^ #10 in bach cantatas
  4. ^ #11 in bach cantatas
  5. ^ #17 in bach cantatas
  6. ^ #15 in bach cantatas
  7. ^ #20 on bach-cantatas
  8. ^ #25 on bach-cantatas
  9. ^ #35 in bach cantatas
  10. ^ #121 in bach cantatas
  11. ^ #149 in bach cantatas
  12. ^ #19 in bach cantatas
  13. ^ #35 in bach cantatas
  14. ^ #41 in bach cantatas
  15. ^ #44 in bach cantatas
  16. ^ #45 in bach cantatas
  17. ^ #70 in bach cantatas
  18. ^ #66 in bach cantatas
  19. ^ #145 in bach cantatas
  20. ^ [1] in bach cantatas
  21. ^ [2] in bach cantatas
  22. ^ #146 in bach cantatas
  23. ^ #235 in bach cantatas
  24. ^ http://www.aam.co.uk/#/recordings/discography/js-bach/bach-john-passion.aspx

External links[edit]

  • St. John Passion Commentary, musical examples, list of recordings, and other information on bach-cantatas